I am known for overusing superlatives, but I really, truly mean that this WAS the best Indian food I’ve ever had. Even our friends Kartik and Lucy, who KNOW good Indian food, said it was awesome! Take a peek into our evening of gluttony:
It says “Sweet and Northern Indian Cuisine” but they also have Southern Indian food. Jackpot!
A tomato uttapam is a fabulous way to start a meal. I think of it as sort of an Indian pizza, with soft, spongy dough covered with tomatoes and spices. It comes with sambar and chutney on the side for dipping.
Up next we have butter masala dosa. It’s a thin, buttery pancake wrapped around spiced potatoes. It’s a little greasy but oh so delicious. It comes with the same sambar and chutney as the uttapam did. And by the way, I highly recommend making your own sambar at some point. You will feel like SUCH a culinary badass.
Side note: I first learned about sambar from a 9 year old girl at my work (an after school program in California). Her parents had moved to the states from India to get PhDs (“Do you know what those are?” she once asked me. “They take forever!”) She is one of the sweetest kids I’ve ever met, and gave me some great advice, like “if you like Bollywood movies you should really learn Hindi because it’s a lot better than reading English subtitles” and “if you go to Delhi, be careful because the slides on the playgrounds are really steep.” I miss her.
Kartik recommended chole bhature, which I’d never had before. These puffed breads are bhature (they are made with wheat flour and puff up when fried)…
…and this is chole (a Punjabi specialty made with chickpeas, tomatoes, and lots of spices):
We also sampled some iddli, which are little steamed spongy cakes made from lentils (without their husks) and rice. They’re okay, but I’d take a dosa over them any day.
To round out the meal, we had rich and buttery dal fry, a classic Northern Indian dish. It may not look terribly appetizing, but looks can be deceiving.
Believe it or not, we still weren’t completely satisfied, and here’s why:
The most beautiful Indian dessert case I’ve ever seen! (OK, maybe tied for that title with Punjab Sweets in Pahurat). But anyway. See that mound of orange swirls in the center? That’s jalebi. It’s DIVINE….like the Indian version of a funnel cake.
Here’s a closer look: