Time Out Says
Every night on the corner of a Karama backstreet, you’ll find a small terrace and a group of in-the-know adventurers sipping from piping hot miniature clay cupa (also known as a kulhad).
The dainty drinks are handed out from behind a Plexiglas hole-in-the-wall at speed.
Behind it you’ll see steaming masala chai erupting out of clay pots and a tandoor, caramel-coloured liquids bubbling and skilled cooks dipping, pouring and perfecting chai after chai. The result? A wonderfully spicy, creamy and inviting cuppa that warms you from within.
It costs just Dhs3.50 and is perfectly paired with some of Manchatti’s traditional baked treats. The sweet bonda is a banana fritter, the elayada is a Keralan favourite of rice flour, coconut and spices while the inventive deep-fried date is a revelation.
Snacks are light on the wallet (starting from Dhs1), but heavy on the stomach so go easy on the battered bakes.
If you’re sticking around for lunch or dinner, you can order a curry, appam and rice for less than Dhs12. And, order you should – they’re authentic, tasty and excellent value. A top spot to check out.
WHAT IS IT...
Curry house in Karama that’s worth a visit
For the chai
By Time Out Dubai staff | 17 Jul 2019
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