Rolling Gunpowder Dosa at Santa Fe’s Only South Indian Restaurant — Cooking in America

Rolling Gunpowder Dosa at Santa Fe’s Only South Indian Restaurant — Cooking in America


– So Santa Fe’s got a
population less 100,000 people and smack dab in the
middle of it is Paper Dosa. It’s a South Indian cuisine restaurant. They’re not doing tikka masala. These guys are doing paper
dosas from Chef Paulraj who left San Francisco to
follow his heart in Santa Fe. Hey Chef. – Hey Sheldon, welcome to Paper Dosa. – Oh glad to be here. – It’s a South Indian restaurant. You have many varieties of dosas. – I’m excited, gonna be
rolling out some stuff and doing, making curries. – Yeah, please, come on in, come on in. – Okay. Whoa, look at this spread! There’s a lot of ingredients
that I don’t recognize here. Were you always in the kitchen? – Until my twelfth standard in India, I was not into the cooking. I was good at math. I wanted to be engineer. – What made you go into culinary? – In India what happens is,
I am elder the person in my home. So I want to help my dad
immediately as soon as possible. You can earn fast, that’s why
I got into culinary school. This is the dosa batter. Rice flour, and urad dal. We keep it outside for
like eight to 12 hours. – Slight fermentation,
almost like sourdough. That is a master right there. A little bit of ghee. Look at that! And this is a paper dosa, right there. Beautiful. You wanna hold my hand while I’m doing it? – No (laughing) – All right, I don’t
want you to get jealous of my technique, all right? – No it’s fine, you can
work with us… – I’m just gonna pour it. – Yeah. – And then start from the middle? – Yeah. Beautiful. Don’t press hard. Yeah, good job. Okay, you can try one more time. (laughing) – No judgment yeah guys? (laughing) My first time. (laughing) That one passed. – That’s what I’m saying, you did good. – Got my small one next to his one. All right, I’m going all in. – You gotta spread it. Nice job Sheldon. Beautiful. – Oh, look at that? Hired? – You will be hired immediately. This is the gunpowder dosa. My mom made just now. – Lucky, she got mom’s hands in here. Tell me about gunpowder, so what – – The gunpowder is, – Not real gunpowder? – No this is a chutney powder. Okay so we dry roast each
and every lentil separately. Curry leaves, and the red chiles. Like this. – Oh gunpowder, clack clack boom. – [Paulraj] This is
green chile cheese dosa. – Green chili is not
traditional southern Indian. – It’s not, it’s it’s not. It’s actually my wife’s idea. My wife is from Santa Fe. And it turned out to be a nice dish. – [Sheldon] So this is a
good way to get the people of Santa Fe into South Indian cuisine. – [Paulraj] Absolutely, yeah. – Whoa, that is a great one. Look at that cheese melting like that. You always knew that you’d go back to doing a southern restaurant like this? – No, but I fall in love
in South Indian cooking when I was in San Francisco. – So you cook with your mom now? – Yeah, now if she is in India, I’ll be calling her and
will ask the recipes. Yeah this is my home cooking. – So growing up in Tamil
Nadu, you were alongside your mom cooking as a kid? – No, I’m not a fan of
cooking until I was like 16. – So after three years and
graduating culinary school, you went to where? – Maldives, so I worked
for Reethi Beach Resort. And then I got the opportunity
to come to coast lines. Miami to Key West, Key West to Cozumel, and then I will come to Miami. And the second one is Miami
to Bahamas, Bahamas to Miami. – How did you make your way
all the way to San Francisco? – My brother was in need of money and I was earning like $750 at the shift. My friend Sendal, who
said “I have an opportunity if you come I can give you a job.” And I gone to San Francisco through him. He is really talented. I am so lucky to have him teach me the wonderful South Indian cooking. – It took you going to San Francisco to reconnect with your roots. – Absolutely. – That’s the paper dosa. – This is the paper dosa. – The name of the restaurant. – So your signature dish. – It goes with goes with masala. – Show me the way. – Break the dosa and then we
put in the chutney and sambal. Coconut chutney is always goes with that. Ginger, fried coconut,
Thai chile, cilantro, salt. Roasted channa dal. – There’s so many layers of flavor. – There is. And some people go with
masala, and the chutney. – Oh, double time. – No, that is one. And they go like this. And they put with the sambal. This is the main
accompaniment for the dosas. Boiled lentils, tomatoes,
onions, red peppers, all kinds of flavors in one pot. Little bit of tomato puree and cilantro, a lot of cilantro. And then we’ll add some tempering. This is just rice bran oil, mustard seed, red
chiles, and curry leaves. It gives extra flavor for the curries. – Cheers chef. – Cheers. – Thank you. – Cheers Sheldon, thank you. – Whoa, it’s an explosion of flavors. The green chile dosa. – Thank you. – For you chef. Mmmm. – You like the spice? – There’s a good spice to it. The fermentation that is in the dosa, that makes it so unique. Was this an immediate hit? – It was, it was, like lot
of Santa Fe people like it. – Tell me about the meeting of your wife. – When I worked in San
Francisco first in 2005, she also worked in Dosa as the waitress. That’s how we met. We got married in 2007. I cannot live in San
Francisco and have a family. My wife said we should move to Santa Fe. And just I followed my wife here. It all worked out slowly. – How did you start cooking in Santa Fe? – I was doing the
catering out of my house. But we didn’t do that
good to pay the bills. So, wife’s friends were saying, okay why don’t you do a
Valentine’s Day dinner? That pop-up was so magical, because I didn’t even have a proper stove. And lot of people who worked, they didn’t even want to get paid. But they want to lift me up, that’s what I saw with
the Santa Fe people. There are a lot of restaurant owners, particularly Cafe Fina,
Sweetwater restaurant, MU Du Noodles, these all people helped me with opening the restaurant for me to do the pop-ups. – So in March of 2015,
you had the opportunity to open up this place. – The first six months it was crazy. – So where did you get your workers? – I have one of my friends, Tito, he is the backbone of my restaurant. We worked together in
San Francisco as well. And he came to help. Within three months he fell in love and he got married as well. – Okay in Santa Fe. It’s amazing the story of love and how this all kind of came together. – And on top of that you
give jobs to the people. I was looking for the job in Santa Fe. That’s the most happy
thing I can think about is I’m glad I can give jobs to people. – [Sheldon] If you take
care your community, that the community is gonna
come back and take care of you. – You know we’re gonna
transfer in the saute pan. And then we’re gonna top
it with the coconut sauce.

100 Replies to “Rolling Gunpowder Dosa at Santa Fe’s Only South Indian Restaurant — Cooking in America

  1. Me and my family hhave gone there multiple times…it is one of the favourite indian resturent of mine….everyone should try at least once…u will definately fall in love with indian cuisine…😇

  2. Americans forgets overprocessed meats like pork and Beef, if they taste Indian breakfast and lunch/dinner… especially Telugu cusine

  3. Chief which cruise ship u worked for…the itinerary u mention I did the same on carnival ship..I was on that ship for 6 months in the yr 2005 ..when the hurricane hit New Orleans unfortunately..

  4. I don't know why, but south Indian and north Indian food is literally the greatest food i've ever tried. Our American Cusine is just pathetic, that needs to be covered with ketchup and mustard and a1 franks. Just pathetic.

  5. Dosa, the thing is missed a lot these days outside India. I was eating Dosa everyday at least one meal for 20 years!

  6. One thing I hope you and others learn is that you NEVER EVER EAT INDIAN FOOD WITH A KNIFE AND FORK AND ONLY WITH YOUR RIGHT HAND!

  7. You have to get used to eating dhosa I'm an Indian It took me 2 weeks to get used to its taste flavour and trust me I'm addicted to it now

  8. What a humble chef! You can really tell he's been through tough times to get to where he is. Wish him great success!

  9. South Indians are way better , and meat consumption is no problem with a variety of unique dishes from kerala and hyderabad

  10. There are tons of varieties of dosas including the non-vegetarian ones which the world should definitely check it out.

  11. South Indian food is really unique , even though I come from a North Indian and afghan background , the food is actually spiced well and has flavor unlike that chicken tikka masala garbage

  12. North indian cuisine is more famous… Dosa is cheap southern food… So is uthappam… American will like that too…. The dishes were developed according to the need… Climate condition in India…. N every state have its speciality of food… All 28 states have very different cuisine…. North indian food have alot of butter milk cream in it… We use quite much cow milk products in our food…. If you are a vegetarian india is heaven for you….

  13. Please check out the links- Tamilnadu and Kerala diners and other details…

    http://www.thalappakatti.com/aboutus.html

    http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/Food/the-story-of-the-border-parotta/article8451676.ece

    http://www.rediff.com/getahead/2005/nov/29chennai.htm

    https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurant_Review-g304556-d5909703-Reviews-Sangeeta_Fast_Foods_Restaurant-Chennai_Madras_Tamil_Nadu.html

    https://foursquare.com/top-places/chennai/best-places-vegetarian-food

    http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/Food/in-pursuit-of-chennais-best-dhabas/article8471670.ece

    http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/Food/a-walk-to-remember-street-food-in-burma-bazaar/article7429768.ece

    http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/Food/mana-andhra-treats-from-the-telugu-heartland-in-chennai/article7512099.ece

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/street-food-in-chennai-hot-without-the-haute/article5042660.ece

    http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/chennais-best-kept-secrets/article7113647.ece

    https://www.zomato.com/chennai/restaurants/street-food

    http://grabhouse.com/urbancocktail/14-best-street-food-joints-chennai-fun-filled-evening/

    http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/the-biriyani-masters-of-triplicane/article7891850.ece

    http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/biryani-under-a-hundred-bucks/article6053471.ece

    http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/how-he-built-a-biryani-empire/article6971787.ece

    http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/society/ambur-and-the-art-of-biryani/article7561508.ece

    http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/why-is-seeraga-samba-biryani-better-than-the-basmati-variety/article8393160.ece

    http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/chennais-sabha-food-trail/article8004878.ece

    http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/deck-the-halls-with-troughs-of-kaapi/article6687287.ece

    http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/Food/madras-tiffin-centre-a-veggies-delight/article8188150.ece

    http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/Food/maplai-chennai-restaurant-review/article6491637.ece

    http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/Food/eat-madurai-eat/article8418003.ece

    http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/Food/a-mecca-for-the-nonvegetarians/article8475713.ece

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/chen-society/beating-the-chill-with-a-steaming-plate-of-snacks/article6591868.ece

    http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/Food/finding-northeast-india-in-chennai/article6548236.ece

    http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/Food/diverse-desi-delights/article7326120.ece

    http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/Food/the-taste-of-chennai/article55934.ece

    http://www.holidayiq.com/The-Banyan-Tree-Farm-Stay-Pollachi-hotel-411139.html

    http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/chennai-on-reel/article8271994.ece

    http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/village-vistas/article96915.ece

    https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Hotel_Review-g297675-d2435403-Reviews-Banyan_Tree_Farmstay-Coimbatore_Tamil_Nadu.html

    Floyd trip to South

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcBNZIJEg4k

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8rAtRE_e9c

    Gordon Ramsay South India

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HV_AnMXd-jo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URR8tXf3IXY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXWYBzvR0m8

    anthony bourdain

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8Ub9ViAPAI

  14. www.steffisrecipes.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/classicmasalahut/

    www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

    My native COIMBATORE Cuisine

    www.kaarasaaram.org/p/cuisine-of-kongunadu.html

    www.kannammacooks.com/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vffNxwxaZoE

    Mark Weins in Malaysia South Indian food..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZY1bYzN0lM

    MasterChef from our Melbourne loves South Indian..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWpaU-p8sms

    MADRAS CAFE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7701B47cjI

    http://www.madrascafe.ca/

    For SCHEZWAN style in SOUTH INDIA- ANDHRA food

    Bland ASIAN style version like THAI VIETNAMESE feel- KERALA AND TAMILNADU..

    BLAND SWEET mild tingling SPICE – Karnataka Food…

    http://www.gurulukshmi.com/

    1.Tamilnadu

    Delicacies of Tamilnadu- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fR25YGehyRU

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdwiBXRwfUk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tN5xsKKFcY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mke-SUOnHr8

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HljPlCG5Da8

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIRibLmBXA0

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQWAFYLT0Uw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFF6eP_vfcU

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9F6ZlYZD–o

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udvdE9H9DC0

    IIM- Chennai-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFLn4i6elpk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75Dql4Us4HE

    2.Kerala

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7wfsnORQLI

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcnQ5cCrQmY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Nv2HBXQFMg

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CG3e01TqM4

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mHdJmXVLNI

    Cochin-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o44ADhfS4x4

    Ernakulam- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sofzTb3Z40

    Veggie meal-Madurai- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALnA_zqKHDA

    Non Veggie Meal- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU3S4Krt3F0

    Vellore- Medical college- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXhHnx3-48g

    (Travancore- We got the same name in Victoria Australia)Trivandrum- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ittJ-4OLtYg

    The Kerala Platter-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjk2Hzm9azc

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rysq61RldcI

    Calicut-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCloER7y4eY

    3. Karnataka-Mysore

    Bangalore- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPtxHWXmx04

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCPJOqnVXh4

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOdF38m8vM0

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=112C4h39Yho – Sweet Meat Mysorepak

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDpkRd6SFWU Vegan dish

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-_J3nE3ar8

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDBOj_HZq0s

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6mSnv8cgDQ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJDfF4EaV-Q

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEt1MEMHzOg

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvfWW7PTNtI

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baZPJ_QS228

    South peak of India-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCm-_eeawqA

    Shivaji Military Hotel – Biryani

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp5aXTCxWVM

    4. Andhra- Indian version of Schezwan food

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3TNotAn4j8

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHqQ4OeD91g

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Jl6PZCyohY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOrt1J8Tq18

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tazV4JLR6Q

    Street Food- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFO1ex-vb7I

    Costal Nellore- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJBouOm6QjE

    5.French Territory-Puducherry aka Pondicherry

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJNs8tddd4Q

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaGWqwd8bBY

    You favorite Vietnamese Food-

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYlAJhfXfZM

    6.Rick Stein About Indian Cuisine

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SX2jSi6-M4U

    Complete interview video below:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SX2jSi6-M4U&list=PLOvt32gxKX2OBcWIocAemj5X-J7dc7WFF

    7.Portugal Territory- Goa

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSnRBnCJdBY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U69VcZ4dVo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55dAj27z0UM

    https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/im-in-awe-of-what-indian-gastronomy-has-to-offer-george-calombaris-masterchef-australia-judge/articleshow/60441843.cms

    Cheers,

    Pradeep.

    www.steffisrecipes.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/classicmasalahut/

    www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

    My native COIMBATORE Cuisine

    www.kaarasaaram.org/p/cuisine-of-kongunadu.html

    www.kannammacooks.com/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vffNxwxaZoE

    Mark Weins in Malaysia South Indian food..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZY1bYzN0lM

    MasterChef from our Melbourne loves South Indian..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWpaU-p8sms

    MADRAS CAFE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7701B47cjI

    http://www.madrascafe.ca/

    For SCHEZWAN style in SOUTH INDIA- ANDHRA food

    Bland ASIAN style version like THAI VIETNAMESE feel- KERALA AND TAMILNADU..

    BLAND SWEET mild tingling SPICE – Karnataka Food…

    http://www.gurulukshmi.com/

    1.Tamilnadu

    Delicacies of Tamilnadu- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fR25YGehyRU

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdwiBXRwfUk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tN5xsKKFcY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mke-SUOnHr8

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HljPlCG5Da8

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIRibLmBXA0

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQWAFYLT0Uw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFF6eP_vfcU

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9F6ZlYZD–o

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udvdE9H9DC0

    IIM- Chennai-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFLn4i6elpk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75Dql4Us4HE

    2.Kerala

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7wfsnORQLI

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcnQ5cCrQmY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Nv2HBXQFMg

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CG3e01TqM4

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mHdJmXVLNI

    Cochin-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o44ADhfS4x4

    Ernakulam- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sofzTb3Z40

    Veggie meal-Madurai- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALnA_zqKHDA

    Non Veggie Meal- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU3S4Krt3F0

    Vellore- Medical college- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXhHnx3-48g

    (Travancore- We got the same name in Victoria Australia)Trivandrum- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ittJ-4OLtYg

    The Kerala Platter-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjk2Hzm9azc

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rysq61RldcI

    Calicut-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCloER7y4eY

    3. Karnataka-Mysore

    Bangalore- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPtxHWXmx04

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCPJOqnVXh4

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOdF38m8vM0

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=112C4h39Yho – Sweet Meat Mysorepak

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDpkRd6SFWU Vegan dish

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-_J3nE3ar8

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDBOj_HZq0s

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6mSnv8cgDQ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJDfF4EaV-Q

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEt1MEMHzOg

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvfWW7PTNtI

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baZPJ_QS228

    South peak of India-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCm-_eeawqA

    Shivaji Military Hotel – Biryani

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp5aXTCxWVM

    4. Andhra- Indian version of Schezwan food

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3TNotAn4j8

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHqQ4OeD91g

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Jl6PZCyohY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOrt1J8Tq18

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tazV4JLR6Q

    Street Food- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFO1ex-vb7I

    Costal Nellore- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJBouOm6QjE

    5.French Territory-Puducherry aka Pondicherry

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJNs8tddd4Q

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaGWqwd8bBY

    You favorite Vietnamese Food-

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYlAJhfXfZM

    6.Rick Stein About Indian Cuisine

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SX2jSi6-M4U

    Complete interview video below:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SX2jSi6-M4U&list=PLOvt32gxKX2OBcWIocAemj5X-J7dc7WFF

    7.Portugal Territory- Goa

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSnRBnCJdBY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U69VcZ4dVo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55dAj27z0UM

    https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/im-in-awe-of-what-indian-gastronomy-has-to-offer-george-calombaris-masterchef-australia-judge/articleshow/60441843.cms

    Cheers,

    Pradeep.

  15. Really u gonna give names to impress Americans ..they don't change names for us so let Dem learn our names ..instead of saying gun powder, freaking call it chuntney pudi

  16. Great one here!!! Thanks Sheldon!!! ரொம்ப நன்றி அண்ணா. எப்போதாவது உங்களை சந்திக்க நம்புகிறேன்

  17. annoyed at how the host mentioned curry in the beginning as soon as indian food was mentioned. but still liked the chef. a humble guy he is.

  18. Thank you for this informative and story telling video – the owner is having a calm mind, wonderful to watch. Do you pen down the recipes?

  19. Everytime he calls him sheldon and explain something it looks like hes talking to his son and try to teach him maths😂😂

  20. South Indian food is not as good as North Indian food. Also, the masala dosa is actually a hybrid featuring a dosa with a Gujarati-style onion and potato curry, and was invented in Bombay, not South India.

  21. when an indian says i was good at math but chose cooking, he created one job just by not becoming an engineer. some guy running a fortune 500 company should feel a sigh of relief that this guy chose dosas instead of engineering.

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