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Lily's Indian Vegetarian - Manchester

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Just discovered this place after years of driving past it, its in Ashton-Under-Lyne, attached to the ASM Indian Cash and Carry on Oldham Rd.

It's a Indian take away / cafe specializing in South Indian / Vegetarian dishes. So Dhosas, Thali, Uttapam, etc.

My first visit, so went for the Masalla Dhosa, nice big one, crispy on the edges with a nice Potato Masalla in the middle. V-Nice Sambal and a milk based chutney I have never had before, really tasty. So that and a small Bottled water came to £4.50. Very satisfied, and am looking forward to my next visit, I think I will try the Thali!

These types of Indian food outlets are rare here in Manchester, the only other one I know is the Punjab in Rusholme

Cheap, tasty and on my route home from work!

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  1. Excellent.

    I used to work across the road from ASM and was a regular customer until I retired. The cafe must be new - it was mentioned on a "flyer" that came with the free newspaper only last week. Intend to pop in when next in Ashton (probably after farmers market).

    Good to hear of another dosa place - like you, I can't think of anywhere else other than the Punjab Tandoori.

    1. Been for lunch and can second portseven's recc.

      The thali comes in at £6.99 - startery thingy, couple of curries, dall, rice, pappad, couple of chapatti, sweet, salt lassi.

      Good range of other stuff as well. Quite a few dosas went past looking very good.

      Well worth a try if in the area. And you can stock up on your south asian food goodies right next door.

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      1. re: Harters

        just from your spelling i can tell there's a high chance you've got something good on your hands. indeed, it IS papad in the mid to north india and i honestly don't remember seeing 'papadom' till i got to the u.k.

        also 'chapatti' instead of 'roti' is rare here.

        what is the 'startery thingy'?!

        1. re: howler

          Sorry. Startery thingy was an onion bhaji. Served cold and not greasy. I liked.

          Sweet thingy was, I think, gulab juman (sp?) in a very sweet syrup. Not bad, but not I'm not big on sweets.

          I also see I can't spell (or type) daal :-0
          John

          1. re: Harters

            that will be 'bhajia'. (bhaji = vegetable dish) and gulab jamun.

            sounds good.

      2. Was in Ashton so went for lunch. Big cut-backs on the menu front. No dosas. In fact, no menu to speak of. Thali is still "on" and a couple of other paneer-y things. Thali was still OK but disappointed not to have been getting dosa.

        BTW (and I've meant to ask this for ages) - how do you pronounce "thali"? Is it "tharly" or "tarly"?

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        1. re: Harters

          Of the two options you've given, the pronunciation is closer to "Tharly". A soft "t" sound and lots of "h" aspiration. Thaali means plate. If you pronounce it a little differently - soft t and no aspiration, the word becomes "marriage necklace" in Tamil (the home region of the dosai) and I don't think you want that :)

          Indian languages differentiate between aspirated and unaspirated consonants, and the "h"s are there for a reason (and can't be randomly stuck anywhere in the word when writing the sounds into English) :)

          1. re: Rasam

            Thank you.

        2. Anyone been here recently, because I was thinking of taking a look.

          1. went last friday and had the thali - I think it was £6.99 or £7.99. The salt lassi was better than most. The food wasvery good and the staff were friendly and relaxed. They has dosas as well which I may try next time. takeaway sweets looked good. Car park in front is convenient.