THE DOSA STORY
It begins on the streets of Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, South India. One of the oldest cities in India. This is where Karthik was born and reared until he was sent to University of Limerick. To Karthik, a Dosa is just a normal everyday food just like a sandwich is here in Ireland. But why is there lots of Indian food in Ireland and not the famous authentic South Indian Dosa asks Karthik. So he decides to do something about it.
With his savings, Karthik goes all-in on a second-hand food truck which he makes his own and customises for Dosa and South Indian Street Food. DosaDosa is born……… so is the pandemic! With sheer determination and passion, Dosa truck traveled from place to place and soon started making a name for itself and started picking up a loyal band of followers.
“They come because they know it is real and made with authentic ingredients and techniques just like you would get South India,” says Karthik. He says, “I will not make this food unless it is true to its South Indian origins as I am very proud of that as it is what I grew up on”.
Working full time in tech and trying to work the truck at weekends proved tough and exhausting though, so there were only one of two smart things he could do. Either quit the well-paid tech job that pays the mortgage or follows his passion and dream of serving the most authentic South Indian street food Ireland has ever seen. Bye-bye well paid tech job, hello DosaDosa!
One problem though, the trusty food truck wasn’t big enough for all of the customers and DosaDosa needed a permanent base so that Karthik could concentrate on making all of that delicious street food from fresh ingredients and spices every day. So he made a deal with his good friend Colm and together they customized a couple of shipping containers to make them into a permanent kitchen. They rented a space in Lower Grand Canal Street, Dublin 2, now called ‘The Place, Dublin 2’, and are creating Dublin’s best Street Food Park with only the best street food vendors.