Smack dab in the middle of Santa Fe is Paper Dosa — a South Indian restaurant serving a multitude of dosas, a type of pancake made from a fermented batter. The kitchen is lead by chef Paulraj Karuppasamy, who had to travel all the way to San Francisco to reconnect with his Indian roots — by way of the Maldives, Miami, and the Bahamas.
Karuppasamy met his wife, a Santa Fe native, when in San Francisco and the couple decided to move to New Mexico to start a family. “We moved to Santa Fe,” remembers Karuppasamy “[and] it all worked out slowly.” Karuppasamy started with a small catering business before hosting a wildly successful pop-up on Valentines Day. “The people wanted to lift me up,” he says, as he lists the local restaurants and restaurateurs that helped him eventually open Paper Dosa. In this episode of Cooking in America, host Sheldon Simeon is breaking into paper-thin dosas to learn more about Karuppasamy’s journey to Santa Fe.