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.