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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

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.


Shalimar Indian Restaurant 1043 Broad Ripple Avenue.

I am sure that anyone who has been to Broad Ripple know this spot. It is just one slot in a long strip mall loaded with slots offering a plethora of different merchandise. From different ethnicities of food to liquor and alternative smoking equipment.

I enjoy Indian food. It is comforting to me. I believe that the majority of my experience with Indian fare has been at buffets. It also seems that I discover something new most of the time.

In addition to the usual cold salad fixings they offered different chutney and pickles.

One of my go to faves. Lamb meat balls

Another favorite is Tandori Chicken. With few exceptions it has always been well made where ever I got it. Crisp outside and moist inside.

This is my first plate of savouries. Rice and various sauces with both meat and veggies. Each dish was nicely done and fit a chilly afternoon.

I didn’t take a picture of my dessert plate. It was my usual choices of rice and mango pudding and Gulab Jamun. This time I tried Carrot Halwa. That would be grated carrot cooked with sweet milk and nuts and raisin. It was new to me and was pretty good.

So if you want an “exotic” lunch for about $8 I think this would definitely fit.


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.

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