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2/20/13 Washingtonian Live Chat with Todd Kliman  Dosas Continued

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9/18/12 Brightest Young Things Taste Test, dc dosa

7/20/12 Think Local First DC Fast Casual Indian Concept Chosen for First StartUp Kitchen


DC Dosa

our food

A dosa is a lentil and rice crepe/pancake, typically with a vegetable filling and an accompaniment of chutney.  Made solely from lentils and rice, it is delicious, hearty, and nutritious. Our goal is to make this beloved southern Indian staple a tasty and healthy addition to DC-area quick food offerings.

Our dosas are vegan and gluten free—a perfect choice for anyone interested in healthy living and those with food sensitivities.  Our dosa batter is made fresh and the dosas are cooked to order. The fillings and chutneys are also made using all fresh ingredients.  No frozen foods, processed products, or preservatives are ever used. Our spices are roasted and ground in-house.  Whenever feasible, we use organic produce.

We invite you to come experience our dosas.  All of our recipes are old family ones, tweaked to incorporate local seasonal ingredients.

Our regular menu features:

  • Four-Lentil Dosa – four lentils with garlic, fennel and red chilies in the batter
  • Petite Yellow Lentil Dosa – yellow lentils with ginger and red chilies in the batter
  • Whole Mung Lentil Dosa – mung lentils with ginger, cumin and red chilies in the batter

Our fillings include:

  • Curried Potatoes
  • Eggplant and Sweet Potatoes
  • Cabbage and Carrots

Finally, top your dosa off with one of our savory, artisanal chutneys:

  • Cilantro Sesame Chutney
  • Onion Tamarind Chutney
  • Tomato Peanut Chutney

To drink, we offer lassis, the perfect beverage to accompany dosas!  This traditional drink is made with fruit, yogurt, buttermilk, honey and spices.  Our lassi offering rotates based on what’s in season. Enjoy!



about us

dc dosa owner Priya Ammu is a native of Bombay, India whose love of food developed after arriving in the U.S. to attend university at the age of 19. After marrying a South Indian she’d met in college, Ammu bought her first pressure cooker and tava (griddle), de rigueur cooking tools for any Indian bride, and began her culinary education under the guidance of her then mother-in-law.

More than two decades later, after raising three daughters and working in the corporate hospitality and IT industries, Ammu decided to return to the original love of her life – food. In 2008, Ammu started a catering business specializing in the flavors and spices of her childhood.

dc dosa was born out of the original and authentic South Indian dosa and chutney recipes handed down by Ammu’s mother-in-law. Dosas are rice and lentil-based crepes stuffed with a variety of fillings. They are an immensely popular Indian street food staple. Dosas are vegan and gluten free. While seemingly simple to prepare, they require technique, timing, and a well-developed palate to be done right.

In 2012, Ammu was named winner of DC StartUp Kitchen, a contest designed to support budding local food entrepreneurs sponsored by NURISH and Think Local First DC. The prize was the opportunity to open a pop-up restaurant under the tutelage of an established restaurateur. Ammu then approached Whole Foods Markets about carrying her dosas, convinced that was the right platform to launch her business.

Since 2013, Ammu has operated dc dosa inside the Foggy Bottom Whole Foods café. She plans to expand to other Whole Foods locations in the near future.


find us

dc dosa serves up delicious dosas daily inside the Whole Foods Foggy Bottom/GWU café, located at 2201 Eye Street, NW in Washington, DC.  ’

We’re open 7 days a week from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Come visit us for fresh dosas cooked to order!

Coming in 2014: look for us inside other DC-area Whole Foods locations!




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You can also contact us directly by email at food AT dcdosa DOT net or by phone on 301-787-3711.

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do u dosa? days

Do U Dosa? Days Introduce Area Residents to Dosas

Currently, few DC-area residents are familiar with dosas, South Indian rice and lentil-based crepes that are healthy and delicious. But we at dc dosa would like to see that change.

That’s why we’re offering a series of Do U Dosa? Days (#DoUDosa) to introduce area foodies to dosas. Throughout the day, customers who bring a friend who has never tried a dc dosa will get their dosa for free, i.e. buy one, get one free.

The first Do U Dosa? Day will run from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11th.

dc dosa owner Priya Ammu will be on hand throughout the day distributing samples and answering questions about her dosas, which are derived from family recipes and adapted to incorporate local and seasonal ingredients.

So who are you bringing along to experience the delight of a dosa for the first time?  PLet us know at #DoUDosa. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @dc_dosa for the latest news and special offers.




Lassi launch party

Lassi Launch Party–March 12

Nothing goes better with a dosa than a lassi, a traditional Indian drink blending yogurt, buttermilk, spices and fruits or vegetables.  dc dosa  will celebrate the launch of its lassi line on Wednesday, March 12 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

dc dosa chef/owner Priya Ammu has put her own twist on the traditional lassi. Over the next few months, she will roll out three flavors of lassis, including mango ginger, beet black pepper, and avocado lime.  At the launch party, customers can sample all three flavors and vote for their favorite. The winning lassi will be announced via social media.

“Dosas and lassis are some of my favorite foods from my childhood in India,” explained Ammu. “I’d like to give everyone a chance to try our lassis and get their feedback.  While here, pair it with one of my dosas for a real taste of South India!”

Ammu will be available throughout the launch party to answer questions about dc dosa’s offerings and her plans to begin popping up at other area Whole Foods locations.