eating indie in indy

The Little India Restaurant 653 E 52th Street.

One place closes and another takes its place. Such is the case with this joint. Sobro Cafe; the previous tenant at this location had good food and appeared to be doing well but it could not account for City intervention. I heard where the owner relocated to Bloomington.

Pat and I decided on a meal of appetizers. That way we could taste a bunch of different things. The only flaw in our plan was that the foods were all a variation of a theme. Breaded and fried. All good and expertly prepared just not much variation.


Samosas are mashed potatoes mixed with peas and formed in these rather unusual shapes and dipped in a chickpea batter and fried. They were pretty tasty and the mint and tamarind chutneys they serve with the apps fit nicely.

Aloo Tikki

Considering that the Samosas were battered roasted potatoes the aloo tikki were probably redundant since they were potato pancakes with a similar treatment. However there was a slight difference in the texture. Our next 3 dishes were Pakoras or fritters.

Paneer Pakoras
Fish Pakora
Chicken Pakora

What was interesting about our appetizer buffet was the prevalence of cumin in all of the dishes and how well mint handles it.

I have said it before. I appreciate Indian cooking because they elevate vegetable cooking to the center of the plate and make it the entree. That is why Pat has probably eaten more Indian than I. Vegetarianism runs in his family. I am sure these apps are different than others he has eaten in different joints. India is a big country and their cooking is not monolithic. Different areas different techniques. Look at the USA and BBQ. I was full on my fried medley but I had to get some rice pudding. I love rice pudding.

Rice Pudding

It was as delicious as the pudding I have had other places. I will be back to try Butter Chicken. They also offer pickles on their menu. Indian pickles aren’t just cukes. They would have been an excellent accompaniment to our fried feast. I just forgot.

10 responses

  1. Joe

    Any idea of the name of the former SoBro Cafe is in Bloomington?

    October 29, 2020 at 11:50 am

    • I have no idea. I was told that he went there to focus on his Chai. He had planned on doing it in the old Sobro space but something happened.

      October 29, 2020 at 11:52 am

  2. At least the place isn’t sitting empty. I can see how you could Tire of fried foods, but they do all look so good. I also enjoy how Indians handle vegetables to make them more interesting.

    October 29, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    • What is funny is I never thought cumin was so prevalent in Indian cooking. Now I know.

      October 29, 2020 at 3:46 pm

  3. Other than the curry I make once a year, I almost never eat Indian, and haven’t in about 20 years. I must be saving it for someday…

    October 29, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    • maybe you are.that is how I feel about broccoli.

      October 29, 2020 at 8:28 pm

      • Haha, I think the clear difference here is that I enjoy Indian food 😉

        October 29, 2020 at 8:30 pm

      • You do have a point.

        October 29, 2020 at 8:32 pm

  4. I’m glad someone is making that palce home—we’ve not been down that way in a bit, so we’ll be sure to give it a try! Thanks for turning us onto a new place!

    October 30, 2020 at 8:19 am

    • Our pleasure.

      October 30, 2020 at 8:47 am

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