Things Because They’re Tasty - A Walk in the LES

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While we were trying to make the most of our last days living in New York, we took a walk in the Lower East Side and stopped at a couple of places that looked tasty. First, the guacamole taco from Brooklyn Taco in Essex St. Market. Packed with fresh guac, corn, tomatoes, onions, and a hot sauce (bright green) that delivered a hearty kick, this was a great place to start.

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Then it was time for some Indian street-style food from The MasalaWala (such a great name). We started with some Pani Puri that was a little sweeter than we’re used to, but the puris were plenty crisp.

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Then the Chicken 65. A favorite for S, he thought the flavors were pretty good, but commented that it ought to be drier (rather than have so much sauce ladled over it).

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Then a favorite of mine - the Dahi Puri. Similar to the Pani Puri with the chick peas, onions, chutney and various condiments, but these have little dollop of yogurt (the “dahi”) on top that I love. yum.

Things Because They’re Tasty - Tamarind (Flatiron)

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So this post is a tad late, but I’ve been away, and now I’m sick, so here we go!

Had some friends in town a while back, and we went to dinner at Tamarind in the Flatiron area. The food was all kinds of yummy. We started with the dishes above, the Chili Crab and Raj-Kachori (Chickpea-filled flour patty). Both delicious, and an equal balance of spicy and tangy.

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We also shared the Murgh Kolhapuri above, which was a near replica of a chicken dish my dad makes often. It’s described by Tamarind as a “Fiery Maharashtrian chicken with whole spices and peppercorns.” Fair warning, they’re not kidding on the fiery part. It was such a nice reminder of being at home, too.

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We also shared the special that evening, the Sea Bass Curry that did not disappoint. It was much milder than the chicken, and again, a good balance of flavors with everything on the table.

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There was also an order of the Daal Makhni (lentils above) and Vegetable Jalfrezi. The four of us happily cleaned our plates. Can’t wait to go again!

Indian street food cropping up all over New York, and I can’t wait to try them! Especially Old Delhi, where the bhel above comes from and prices top out at just $10. 

Indian street food cropping up all over New York, and I can’t wait to try them! Especially Old Delhi, where the bhel above comes from and prices top out at just $10. 

After the Munja ceremony, the family had a man to make freshly prepared dosas just outside of the ceremony. How awesome is that? If you’ve never had a dosa, it’s an Indian crepe, usually stuffed with potatoes and spices, from the Southern part of India. This guy was happy to add cheese, spiced potatoes, cilantro, onions, chili pepper, jalapenos or any combination of those items. In about 3 minutes, it was ready to go, and you were on your way. yum.

Indian Buffet Time in Princeton, NJ

While visiting family in Princeton, New Jersey recently we had lunch at an Indian buffet. Not that it was anything terribly amazing, but it brought back memories of participating in this exact routine almost every Sunday as a child. Growing up in Houston, there were certainly plenty of opportunities for it, too. Bombay Palace anyone (definitely well before it became Kiran’s)?

Anyway, it was nice to reminisce and catch up with family over plates of lentils, potatoes and Tandoori chicken. Sort of hard to beat that on a lazy summer day. 

A view of the spread, below. The other side had plenty of chicken options, too. Oh, and Indian sweets, but I never liked those. Seriously, Gajar Halwa? No thanks. 

Things Because They’re Tasty - My Mom’s Pau Bhaji Sliders

I think of pau bhaji as the Indian Sloppy Joe (who is Joe anyway? was he even sloppy, or just marginally dirty?). In this case, I have pau (“pow”) bhaji (bhaa-gee) sliders that my mom made over the weekend. The “pau” is basically just the word for bread in marathi, while the “bhaji” is the veggie mixture. In this case, the bhaji has potatoes, cauliflower, peas, onions and tomatoes. The best part? You cannot skimp on the butter and lime juice to finish. Seriously. yum.