What has now become known as a common part of the American dining palette such as "dosais" (Indian spiced lentil crepes) and "uthappams" (lentil pancakes) is a result of our first introduction of these exotic delicacies to this part of the world. In the 1970s, we established Madras Woodlands, the first authentic vegetarian Indian restaurant, near the United Nations in Manhattan, and later established two other eateries, called "Udupi" in Queens. All of these establishments specialized in a distinct Udupi-style of vegetarian culinary art. This approach incorporates exotic ingredients, such as spices, herbs, grated coconuts, vegetables, fruits, and nuts to produce hundreds of delicacies, some of which are being presented for your dining pleasure.
From a historical perspective, the success of introducing this unique culinary style all over India was the result of a few daring entrepreneurs leaving their native town, called Udupi, in South India. Likewise, our initial endeavor of the 1970s to introduce this ancient culinary art to America, set the stage for others to follow suit and emulate us.
We, as in our past adventures, continue to strive to bring the best results of this vegetarian cooking style, in which methods of preparation have been handed down from generation to generation. With a little imagination and originality, one can create several variations. We recommend you to explore, and hope you have a memorable dining experience here at Madras Woodlands - Exotic Tastes of India.