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The Clay Oven 7415 US 31 Indianapolis

This little place sits in a strip mall on land used for the US 31 drive in theater when I was in high school. It is probably an improvement. It is a buffet that only costs $10; which is probably what got Pat’s attention.

Like most buffets taking pictures is difficult. I took selected shots of the buffet line first thing.

This is the cold section featuring Indian raisin pudding and fruit custard.

Fried bread and various Dal or lentil dishes.

Pat’s beloved Palak Paneer.

Gulab Jamun, Allo Tikki, and Veggie Bhuna.

I took a picture of our first plates but regardless of that old saying about eating with ones eyes when you are at a buffet you pick your dishes according to your hunger not your aesthetics.

Pat’s first plate.

My first plate

I have a slight familiarity with common Indian dishes; nearly all through buffets. This is the most complete buffet I have been to. In addition to the dal dishes and Tiki Masala and Vindaloo they offered Potato cakes and vegetable fritters. These were all fried in a Garbanzo bean batter. They were quite tasty but required a sauce. That is what the various chutneys are for.

I had two large plates but still had room for something sweet. They offered my favorite Gulab Jamun. A spongy milky ball simmered in a sugar syrup. Delicious. They also had something I was not familiar with. Rice pudding and fruit custard. The pudding was thinner than that I am accustomed to but was excellent. Their custard was outstanding as well and the added fruit was a bonus. I don’t know that there is a better Indian buffet in town.

The Clay Oven Indian Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

2 responses

  1. It’s interesting to see how Indian buffets vary across the country. I’ve never seen fried bread, only the flat naan. Lentils and paneer, yes, but not those little rounded things. It’s always nice to change it up and enjoy Indian food.

    May 10, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    • I agree. Indian food is always delightful; they treat vegetables as a main dish not a side. This particular joint offered Tandoori Chicken on their buffet. You don’t find that too often.

      May 10, 2018 at 6:25 pm

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