Tastes Of India Spice
By Luann & Amanda./ email@example.com
Every day on Main Street can be an Indian feast if you know
where to look.
Main Streets House of India has been a family-run cultural
hub for Huntington village since 2001. Celebrating 10 years
this month, chef/owner Sukhdev Singh has much to be proud
of, cooking up tastes from his native country for local patrons.
House of India has authenticity written all over it, from
hearing tales of the homeland to the décor. During
our visit last week, we listened as Singh told us of the grandeur
of a two-week wedding feast back home that he recently returned
from, while his wife, Ushe Rani, dressed in a beautiful pink
sari, told us about traditional Indian dances and dress. The
room is decorated with chandeliers and artwork of places like
the Taj Mahal lines the walls.
The menu is full of traditional dishes, some of which we were
familiar with and others we had never heard of. Luckily for
us, our waiter, Singhs son Kam, and his father were
able to make stellar recommendations.
We started with a few Indian drink specialties. We first woke
our taste buds with Mango Lassi ($4.95), a thick, smoothie-like
drink made with homemade yogurt and mango flavor. We then
went a little lighter with an Indian wine, a rosé from
Vinsura Vineyards (2009, Nashik). A blend of Chenin blanc
and cabernet, the wine is light, smooth and reminded us of
a cool summer night; it complemented the spices that followed
Both the Vegetable Samosas and Bhujia appetizers are sure
winners. The samosas ($4.50 for two) are large, crisp puffs
stuffed with potatoes, peas and Indian spices a delicious
teaser of what Indian food is all about. Bhujia ($5.95), a
plate of vegetable fritters, reminded us much of a knish,
filled with onion, green pepper, potatoes and spinach. Alongside
these came an array of tasty dips and spreads a smooth
mint sauce, a cool cucumber/yogurt-like dip, zesty onion chutney
which had a slight kick to it, and tamarind, a sweet brown
sauce. All were excellent, though the onion chutney and tamarind
delivered the most flavor.
We know nan (leavened bread) is a must-have at Indian restaurants,
so we went with the Garlic version ($3.95) and something more
adventurous, the Piswari nan, which ended up being one our
favorite dishes of the night. Piswari nan ($5.95) is flour
bread stuffed with almonds, cashews, nuts, raisins, pistachios
and coconut powder.
Deliciously sweet and nutty, we could have had it for dessert.
We had trouble picking a favorite from our entrees. If youre
with a group, consider asking for one big plate of rice and
sharing a few dishes; the variety is worth it.
Chicken Tandoori ($13.95 half/$24.95 full) comes out sizzling
like a fajita. Served on the bone with grilled vegetables,
the chicken is marinated in yogurt, garlic, ginger, vinegar
and Indian spices and cooked on skewers in a charcoal clay
oven. House of India makes sure to keep the chicken moist
but still with a fiery barbecue-like taste to it.
We couldnt get enough of the Butter Chicken ($16.95),
boneless chicken cooked in a fresh, creamy tomato sauce, blended
and smooth. This was the only dish we ordered medium
on the spice meter the rest we ordered mild
and the heat kept on coming, reducing the tomato flavor to
merely a hint. Its the kind of heat you love in a spicy
House of India does a great job with lamb as well. In Rogan
Josh ($17.95), tender lamb is cooked with yogurt, tomatoes,
onions, ginger, garlic and spices in a curry sauce. With many
flavors at work, they blended into a combination pleasing
to the palate after the spicy Butter Chicken. Lamb Shag ($17.95)
is another to try if you like spinach with some pop to it.
The restaurant also boasts an array of vegetable specialties,
not surprising given our fondness of our two appetizers. We
found the Channasaag ($14.95) particularly good, made with
spinach and chick peas in a spicy curry sauce. Its all
the flavor without the meat.
The Chicken Tandoori, as well as other lamb, chicken and vegetable
curries, is on the luncheon menu. For $9.95 Tuesday through
Sunday, patrons get a curry dish, cup of soup, nan, rice and
The Indian specialties continue into dessert. Consider the
Gulab Jamun ($4.50). Small deep-fried balls of dough are soaked
in sweetness and served warm in a pool of honey syrup and
rosewater. The sweet treat is a great way to end your meal.
With more on the menu were excited to try, we eagerly
await the summer when the windows on Main Street fly open
and the flavors of India come alive.
House of India
256B Main Street