As it turns out, Malaysians are great at keeping secrets – until we discovered this Instagrammable delight tucked away at Bala’s Banana Leaf in Lucky Garden, Bangsar. You might foresee a banana leaf recommendation coming your way, but we are here to share something else.


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Meet these vibrant pink thosai that are begging to be on your Instagram feed! Believe it or not, these are beetroot thosai, one of Bala’s Banana Leaf’s efforts in creating a healthier option of this savoury Indian crepe.

The restaurant takes pride in preparing their meals without food preservatives or additives, so what you’re seeing isn’t food colouring. The bright pink shade comes from beetroot itself, and the same goes to the next serving you’re about to see like spinach, pineapple, and beetroot with egg thosai, which uses natural ingredients through and through.

Spinach thosai


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Pineapple thosai


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Beetroot with egg thosai (upper right)


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While beetroot thosai is a popular weekend offering on their daily thosai special, don’t be surprised to find other flavours like sweet potato, carrot or oatmeal on weekdays! Make the most of your visual and sensory pleasures by pairing it up with a refreshing coconut drink or classic teh tarik.


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Owned by Mr Balakrishnan and his wife, this dynamic duo has been serving heartwarming Indian cuisine since the 1970s. First began as a thosai stall, Mr Balakrishnan had been preparing this savoury Indian crepe for 27 years before opening one of his first restaurants in Brickfields called Balakrishnan Bhavan. Today, the husband-and-wife continued their culinary legacy at Bala’s Banana Leaf in Bangsar.

If you need more reasons to stay at your table, you know their banana leaf rice is the next best thing. Fill up your table with stingray masala, fried fish, and butter egg curry. Then, count your blessings for your delicious lunch in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

Address: Bala’s Banana Leaf, 21, Lorong Ara Kiri 1, Lucky Garden, 59100 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
Opening hours: Daily, 7AM-12AM
Halal status: All ingredients are sourced from halal-certified suppliers

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