Preethi’s South Indian specialities

South Indian cuisine has landed in Davis for the first time with Preethi Indian Cuisine, which opened downtown last spring.

Dosa — a crisp, thin crepe made of fermented rice flour and lentils — is a staple in South India, often stuffed with masala, onions or potatoes alongside chutneys. At Preethi, it’ll also come with sambar — a thick lentil soup with vegetables and spices — for dipping.

There’s also utappam, similar to dosa but thick, with toppings added to the batter. Other specialties: idli, soft, airy rice cakes, and vada, slightly chewy, deep-fried lentil fritters. All of which, of course, are served with chutneys and sambar.

The familiar order of chicken tikka masala with naan is still sounding better to you? Consider sharing the “special combo” of masala dosa, idli and vada for $7.95. Lentils don’t get much more interesting, or tasty.

Preethi Indian Cuisine. 712 Second St., Davis. Open for lunch and dinner daily.

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