Devi Exton Review
151 West Lincoln Highway
Exton, PA 19341
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Devi Exton - No Goddess but Good Enough
Vegetarian Indian restaurants are few and far between in the U.S.
And vegetarian Indian restaurants that serve palatable food even more rare.
Mercifully, Devi located on West Lincoln Highway in Exton, PA falls in the decent category.
Devi primarily serves South Indian Vegetarian fare although some North Indian dishes have crept into the menu to serve a diverse clientele.
During our recent visit, we roamed across the vast prairie of South Indian cuisine from the humble Idli, Vada, Pongal and Tamarind Rice to Plantain Poriyal, Vegetable Kurma, Vegetable Butter Masala, Kadai Bhindi, Mysore Masala Dosa, Utappam and more.
While we found the curries and rice dishes very tasty, Devi’s Sambar, Rasam, Nan bread, Vada, Semya Payasam, Mysore Masala Dosa and Utappam were below par.
Mixed Vegetable Pakoras were crisp, warm, spicy and very tasty. The Pakoras were good even without the ubiquitous green chutney.
Idli was soft and tasty but not even lukewarm. Horror of horrors, Vada was soft and unevenly cooked inside with the raw taste of black gram flour coming into the mouth.
As if the lukewarm Idli and soft, partially cooked Vada were not punishment enough, the accompanying Dal-like Sambar, flavorless Rasam and ice-cold Chutneys deflated us further.
Sambar was prepared with Moong Dal rather than Toor Dal. Low on Tamarind, low on Sambar spices and no vegetables save a few forlorn tomato pieces, it was a travesty.
Rasam was hot but lacked the usual pungent flavor of black pepper seeds.
Tomato, Coconut, Onion and Mint Chutneys were all flavorful but the ice-cold temperature deprived us of the joy of dipping into them.
Excellent Tamarind Rice and Tasty PongalNeither oily nor pasty, with tamarind and seasoning seeping well into the rice, Devi’s flamboyant Tamarind Rice was a thrill-ride. Rarely have we derived so much pleasure in eating this popular South Indian dish.
Pongal with the right proportion of black pepper powder, ghee, Moong Dal and curry leaves seasoning was another flavorful treat. Both Pongal and Tamarind Rice were so good that we took a second helping of these South Indian rice items.
Curd Rice at Devi was prepared with Semiya and not rice. Semya Curd Bath though flavorful with ginger-cilantro seasoning was slightly sour and ice-cold.
Flavorful Vegetable CurriesOf all the curries, we were completely bowled over by Devi’s Vegetable Butter Masala.
Vegetable Butter Masala set in a creamy yellow color sauce was prepared with Cauliflower, Broccoli, Onion and Capsicum. It was flavorful and mucho relished with plain rice, Pongal and Tamarind Rice as well.