Just another thali from Chat Patti. The last part of our vacation we were stuck in a resort with crap vegan options so we were craving some delicious variety. So good.
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Indian food never gets old. Wait, good Indian food never gets old. Udipi on Church St. closed, and another South Indian veg spot opened in its place, Mysore Woodlands. Since other vegans broke the seal on it, we went ahead and gave it a try first week it was open.
I pretty much can’t resist vada, lentil doughnuts. This time I got them floating in rasam. Delicious rasam.
Kevin got Tofu Pakora and Gobi Manchurian.
And I got the .. chole batura, I think. Or chana masala with puri. Can’t keep my deep fried bread and chick peas in gravy straight. It’s hard for me to avoid the fried when having Indian food. Diced onion and lemon was hiding under the bread.
Everything was really tasty. We really need to get back for another try.
While we were chasing our favorite Indian chef all over town, we skipped most of the other restaurants in favor of his. Now that we can’t find him, we’ve had to branch back out. First Chat Patti and now Saravana Bhavan.
It’s hard to resist Medhu Vadai. Savory lentil doughnuts. Mmmm.
Sticking to my standards, I also got the Mysore Masala Dosa.
The inside is spread with a red spice mixture. It’s not really hot, but it is warming as you eat it you can feel your innards getting toasty.
And I finally made it to the blob of potato goodness in the center. It was a little bit oily, but not too bad.
Kevin, Simon and I stopped in to Chat Patti for a late lunch and we got strong armed into ordering the thali. Hey, it was $8.99. How could we not? We each got a plate of what I call Indian nachos:
Fried bits covered with various condiments. Mmm. And, the thali…needless to say I took home leftovers.
The cabbage thing, third from the left, kind of tasted like froot loops. In a good way. Nothing was super spicy this time, but that’s not always the case. Vegans, just ask for no dairy and they’ll set you up. I think those ring things have honey in them though, so keep that in mind.
Yeah, I was at Chat Patti again. Can you blame me? All this was less than $9. Including the samosa. And it’s delicious. I never order by dish. I just get either a veggie plate like this or the thali and say “no dairy.” Then I eat whatever they bring me. It’s worked out really well for me so far.
I should not have looked at this while hungry. Maybe I’ll divert myself to some Ethiopian food today instead.
And, I hit up Chat Patti again for lunch. This is what appeared when I ordered the veggie platter, no dairy, with bread instead of rice. Loved it. Turned out to be the perfect amount of food. Also got 2 samosas to go. Total was $10 and some change.
After some disappointing Indian food out, it was time to start making it at home again. Looking for something fairly easy, I found Anshu’s Red Lentil Sambar. And bonus, it would use up some of my stockpiled red lentils! Cauliflower was stupid expensive at the store and I’m not an eggplant fan so I skipped both of those and replaced with beets, potato and baby lima beans. This is one that definitely gets better over night. The first night it was okay, but the leftovers have been really good. It made a ton so I’m probably going to end up freezing some so I don’t have to throw it away. I can only eat the same thing for so many days before I get tired of it. I’ve just been eating it over brown rice.
Last week Matt and I went out for Indian food. He wanted meat so we tried Madras Woodlands even though the good chef is no longer there. His meat was terrible and not spicy even though he ordered it that way. My veg food was okay, but nothing spectacular. There are definitely other places around town doing it better. My main complaint about the samosa was the lack of complexity of the filling. The dosa wrapper was really good. But the potato filling was oily and a bit bland. The main flavor of it was the onions. I’m glad I opted for the Mysore Masala Dosa because the extra spice was needed.
However, this Evil Twin Ryan & the Beaster Bunny, along with the Stillwater Artisinal Ales Debutante and Victory Prima Pils that followed at the Midway were mighty tasty. Hanging out, drinking good beer, watching a down pour from a covered patio … most excellent.
Thursday after work, since I had the car, I headed to Performance Bicycle to pick up some tubes and because I’d never been there before. It’s kind of huge, lots of stuff. After that I popped over to REI to use up my dividend that I’d apparently already used up. For some reason I was feeling super bloated and crappy. This got translated into “go buy a big pile of food for dinner from Chat Patti.”
Chat Patti used to be my go to way back when I was just vegetarian. Then a couple of years ago I found out that vegan friends found plenty of tastiness there as well. So I pop by every once in a while when I’m up that way. Especially since we’ve lost track of our favorite South Indian chef.
This is a very casual place. Cafeteria-style, order at the counter, get to go or eat there. Usually rather than trying to make some kind of decision, I just get a veggie thali, hold the dairy and let them put whatever on it. And for $8.99, the amount of food is ridiculous.
The thali usually comes with a dessert, but they all have dairy, so she put something else in there to replace it, not sure what though. The down side of me not picking things out is that I can’t really tell you what they are. And, of course, it’s going to make it hard for me to order some of these things again. Like this. I’m going to call it Indian nachos. A pile of fried with a variety of sweet chutneys on top. So freakin’ good.
The next box contained 3 chapatti breads, a potato pea samosa and sambar (I think.) The leftover chapatti survived nicely overnight in the fridge and refreshed in 15 seconds in the microwave to go with my lunch the next day.
And, the next box had rice, chana masala and some bean thing. See what I mean?
And here’s what I ended up eating for dinner:
A normal person might’ve gotten three meals out of this but I devoured the leftovers for lunch. It’s probably a good thing this place isn’t convenient. Nothing here was crazy spicy, but I have had food that’ll make you sweat here before. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
I love Indian food. Asafetida seems to be the magical ingredient that pushes a dish from close to spot on. If you like to cook Indian, do yourself a favor and secure some. One jar will last you forever.
This recipe is one I saved in my RSS reader to try some time. I have tons and tons of stuff waiting to be tried. This one worked nicely because I was also trying to clean out my freezer a bit and had a bag of frozen black-eyed peas to use. If you use those instead of the dried called for, you can skip the soaking step. You could also used canned and it might cook a little faster. Just for fun and added nutritional value, I tossed in some chopped fresh collards. I mean, they go with black-eyed peas, right? Right! It was perfect. We ate this over brown basmati.