Shashwath Santosh is a designer based in New York. Currently at Google Creative Lab.



Climate Controlled
Dosa Picnic Basket

Designer, Maker, 

The Dosa, a traditional Indian dish beloved for its delicate and crispy texture, is notoriously difficult to transport due to its fragility. This machine finally puts a long Dosa on the menu for an outdoor picnic. 

Fig 1. Regular Size Dosa

Fig 2. Medium Size Dosa

Fig 3. Super Size Dosa

This wooden machine is specifically designed for a 32” long dosa. It is designed to be handled by 2 people, to be taken into restaurants, and receive their orders for a dimensioned Dosa with care. The Dosa will live in a heated (climate controlled) compartment during transport.


This is documentation of transporting a special order Dosa from Saravanah Bhavan, New York, to a picnic spot in Madison Square Park.

A layer of banana leaves is used inside the heated chamber to provide for a hygienic and traditional eating surface. The bulged ends can store upto 3 liters of sambar and chutney. The machine opens up to a mini table to enjoy the 32” long dosa in the desired picnic location.


8’ x 4’ x 3/4” Birch Ply, #8 3/4 in. Phillips Truss-Head Self-Drilling Screws, 1-1/2 in. x 48 in. Aluminum Flat Bar with 1/8 in. thick, 2 in. x 15 ft. Foam and Foil Pipe Wrap Insulation Tape, Faux Gold Foil, Wood glue, 3-1/2 in. x 1/4 in. Vintage Hinge, 3-1/2 in. Vintage Chest Handle, Electronic Heating Pads

4.5’ x 1’ x 1’

Shashwath Santosh, Designer + Creative Technologist
Nithin Eluvathingal, Creative Director + Producer

Kinky Kashayam, New York

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