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Rob Grieg

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Exceptional south Indian cooking that's been Stoke Newington's vegetarian choice since the mid 1990s.

The bright pink walls of Rasa in Stoke Newington are almost as bold as the flavours in their south Indian dishes. Opened in the mid-1990s, the vegetarian Keralan joint still serves solid basics – masala dosa and chewy coiled paratha are always wholesome and moreish – as well as poppadoms, achappam and pappadavadai snacks, too.

The spice here isn't the kind to blow your head off either. Instead, delve into unusual dishes like moru kachiathu, a turmeric-infused, sweet-sour runny yoghurt dish made with mango and green banana for authentic Keralan flavour. Bagar baingan from Hyderabad, is a creamy, ultra-savoury delight; made of aubergines and ground cashew nuts, and pairs perfectly with puffed poories. Better still, everything on the menu is priced at less than a tenner, with many dishes around the £5 mark.

Written by
Kate Lloyd


55 Stoke Newington Church Street
N16 0AR
Tube: Stoke Newington rail or bus 73, 393, 476
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