Berhampur, November 23 (LocalWire): Onion Dosa, popularly known as Ulli Dosa, the most sought after snack among the residents of Silk City, is now missing from the menu of the eating joints and hotels.
With the rise in onion prices, most restaurants and hotels in the city have withdrawn the delicious item for their menu for about one month now.
The retail price of onion is hovering between Rs 65 to 80 in most of the places in the city depending on the quality.
The dwindling of supply of onion and an increase in production cost at centers like Nasik and Kurnool are some of the reasons for the soaring prices of onion, a local trader said.
“We can’t increase the price of the onion dosa due to the rise in the prices of rate of onion. Rather, we preferred to stop selling onion dosa for the last one month,” a hotelier Sushant Samal said.
The change in the menu has disappointed many visitors, mainly the food lovers, who visit the Silk City for its delicious foods.
“One gets very delicious onion and rawa dosas in Berhampur.
When we come to Berhampur, we prefer to eat onion and rawa dosa in different hotels.
But today, onion dosa is missing from the city,” Bhubaneswar-based Sanjay Jena, who is visiting the city, said, adding that onion dosa has now become a rare delicacy in the Silk City.
Besides onion dosa, some hoteliers have also stopped preparing the onion baji, another preferred snack that goes well during the chilly November evening.
“About three months ago, I used to sell around 200 onion bajji every evening.
Due to the soaring onion prices, I have stopped selling it now,” an owner of a fast-food center near telephone Bhaban here said.
Locals also point out that hotels and dhabas have started to charge extra for onion salad, while others have stopped giving onion chatni that was served with idli by some hoteliers.
The rise in onion prices has also impacted its consumption at home.
“We only use onion while preparing non-vegetarian items,” Usharani Ancharya, a housewife, said.