House Of India
Spices Things Up
By Pete & Will / firstname.lastname@example.org
Some like it hot. Some like it not. At House of India, you
can have it either way.
A mainstay for Indian cuisine in these parts, House of Indias
Main Street location is a favorite among those seeking a taste
of the exotic, and, not surprisingly, among vegetarians who
often feel like an afterthought on restaurant menus.
Thats not the case at House of India. While there are
plenty of traditional chicken and lamb dishes on the menu,
vegetable dishes are both plentiful and prominent on their
menu. And whats more, all-vegetable offerings account
for some really good dishes.
A meal at House of India starts with a plate of Tandoori Roti,
wafer-thin flatbread served with a red pepper relish and a
sweet brown dipping sauce. That should just be considered
a way to keep yourself busy while picking through the extensive
Bread is a must. Nan ($2.50), a leavened flatbread, buttered
and baked in the Tandoor oven, is a favorite, and Garlic Nan
($3.95) is even better. And as long as youre not counting
carbs, Puri ($3.95) is an onion-infused deep-fried bread that
puffs like a soufflé. Onion Kulcha ($3.95) is another
flavorful starter. Pair them up with one of a half dozen Chutney
($2.50) offerings for an added treat.
Appetizer selections ($1.25 to $9.50) are perhaps best sampled
in the House of India variety tray, featuring meat and vegetable
samosas, Bhujia (vegetable fritters), Chooza Pakora (marinated
and batter fried chicken pieces) and Cheese Pakora.
As anyone who eats Indian can attest, it can take a few visits
to grow comfortable with the menu. In fact, the menu is comprised
of numerous combinations of few ingredients.
Meat dishes are chicken or lamb
period. But its
the use of exotic spices floral scents and flavors,
saffron, cilantro and hot peppers, curry, cardomom and, well,
spices we just couldnt identify that makes it
Chicken mango ($13.95) flavored with saffron is for the mild-mannered
palate, while Chicken or Lamb Vindloo ($13.95 chicken, $14.95
lamb) are for heat seekers. Any of the spicy dishes will be
cooked to order and servers generally ask just how hot you
can take it.
A new favorite only because wed never tried it
before Murgh Shahi Korma ($13.95) hid tender chicken
pieces in a thick and spicy spinach puree with tomatoes.
Among numerous Tandoor specialties are Chicken Tandoori ($12.95
half, $23.95 full), Lamb ($15.95) or Chicken ($14.95) Kebab,
and Sheikh Kebab ($14.95) are flavorful marinated meats cooked
on skewers. The clay tandoor oven lends a smoky flavor.
Among seafood specialties, Shrimp Masala ($17.95) is the best,
combining jumbo shrimp in a creamy sauce with fresh tomato,
peppers and onions.
Vegetable dishes offer some surprises. Dal ($9.95) is a lentil
dish with tomatoes and spices; Channasaag ($10.95) spices
spinach and chick peas with cury sauce; and Jalfrezi ($11.95)
is a platter of mixed vegetables in a tangy sauce.
All entrees are served with a plate of spice-infused rice.
Pillaw Rice ($3.95) is a flavorful fried rice with raisins,
nuts and green peas.
As long as were on the trail of exotic flavors, we prefer
spiced hot tea with our meal, but have also enjoyed the Mango
Lassi, a mango-sweetened yogurt drink. Wine lovers find moderately
priced selections by the glass or the bottle.
Family-owned and run, House of India offers hospitable and
attentive service, though you might find yourself waiting
when the 70-or-so-seat restaurant is near full. For the price,
its worth the wait. Better yet, drop in on quieter nights
and take a little trip to the Far East without ever leaving
256B Main Street, Huntington Village
Indian specialties; vegetarians welcome.
Hours: Open daily. Mon., 5-10 p.m.
Tue.-Thur., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.;
Fri. & Sat, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sun. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.