Pondicheri offers a number of exemplary South Asian-inspired breakfast items, including the much-lauded "morning thali," an a beautifully compartmentalized platter of beef keema, curry, uppma, saffron yogurt, fruit, paratha, and fried egg. If you're visiting Pondicheri for breakfast for the very fir ... More >>
This is the second part of a two-part Chef Chat interview. If you missed Part 1, you can read it here. On the day of our visit, Susie Jimenez was working in the kitchen and had been all day. She'd been on-site since 7 a.m. and would be there a few hours past our 5:30 p.m. visit. She's one of those ... More >>
From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post. Chicken tikka masala is a popular restaurant dish made up of chicken tikka -- or bits of yogurt-marinated chicken baked in a cl ... More >>
This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus® issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of person ... More >>
This dosa will take you away to the streets of Chennai.
We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town (See the complete list at the end of the post). This week, we're moving toward the shores to the Clear Lake/NASA area. With plenty of old-time favorites and a couple of newer spots in the mix, here's our l ... More >>
This is the second part of a two-part Chef Chat series. If you missed our first post, you can read Part 1 here. Yesterday, we chatted with Rishi Singh, the executive chef at Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar, about how the food program at Boheme started inside of a tiny room that is now used as an office. Tod ... More >>
What differentiates a "classic" food truck from those on last week's list of Houston's Top 10 "Fancy" Food Trucks? For starters, a classic food truck has been around for at least a few years prior to the gourmet food truck craze -- if not a decade longer. Classic food trucks are usually found at th ... More >>
A beginner's guide to Indian cuisine.
Say you've decided to be spontaneous and embark on a new culinary adventure, sampling a brand new cuisine for the very first time. Good for you! You deserve a virtual high five. But what do you order? This is a common concern among people who've either decided to try something new or are outright a ... More >>
The top 10 restaurants in Little India.
As we enter the new year, I'm trying to make good on a few resolutions starting on the very first day of 2013. And one of those is to get outside the Loop a bit more -- even though a great bounty of amazing restaurants have opened inside the Loop in the last 12 months -- and back to exploring the re ... More >>
Within the last few months, a certain Houston Press food critic posted a photo of an Amy's Kitchen wrap to her Facebook page. This particular photo caught my eye because the wrap in question was not the usual burrito, but an "Indian wrap." As an Amy's devotee and lover of Indian food, I was immediat ... More >>
Chef Nirman Shah, a native of Jaipur, has an interesting connection to Houston despite only arriving very recently: Shah opened the first U.S. location of Indian bakery chain Hot Breads in Edison, New Jersey. There are only two other American locations of the wildly popular Indian bakery; one of the ... More >>
September is National Rice Month, and in honor of this glorious grain, I've decided to cook and sample a few rice dishes in and around Houston. I first tried biryani when I was traveling in Andhra Pradesh, whose capital Hyderabad is especially famous for a certain variant of the dish. Biryani is t ... More >>
If you haven't tried it yet, you're missing out.
No clue what a dahi papdi is? Aloo gobi or vindaloo? Wondering what the hell a paneer tikka is? I'm Indian, and I don't even know what's in chicken 65. Or jalfrezi. Indian food can seem wildly exotic, and sometimes mysteriously unappealing, just like the jolting aromas, loudly chaotic streets ... More >>
Love Indian food? Have an Indian food cookbook? Want to cook it at home, but it just all seems too complicated? There are two women in The Woodlands who would love to show you how to make everything Indian and more. ShowMeTheCurry.com is an online cooking show with videos of every single recipe they ... More >>
I do most of my tunnel exploring blind. Figuratively. Though the low light is beginning to take its toll. What I mean is, I typically just stumble around down there until something looks interesting, or until I've walked far enough that my breadcrumbs are nearly used up. The thought of getting turne ... More >>
This food truck, located next to a gas station, serves Indian cuisine under the stars.
When I started questing for great restaurant finds in the Northwest Houston area, high on my priority list was a great Indian lunch buffet. I was used to being able to hit one up inside the Loop at least once every few weeks. The first place I found was a loser, but I struck gold on the second one. ... More >>
Photo by Nicholas L. HallHalalelujah!The tunnels never cease to amaze me. While the preponderance of crap is a constant, there's a spirit of endless possibility there. Every once in a while, I stumble upon a small diamond amidst all the rough, something unexpected to make me smile, and to gi ... More >>
Last week's Broiled Halibut and Skirt Steak Chimichurri really hit the spot. This week I'll be dabbling in the world of fusion cuisine with a pizza made on naan and an Italian stuffed meatloaf with garlic snow peas. Just be thankful I'm not making Chicken Tikka Lasagna...actually, that sounds delici ... More >>
Photo by Mandy OaklanderLashkari's "Special" This week we have been talking with Chef Kaiser Lashkari of Himalaya Restaurant (see the rest of our chat here and here). served up the special: a cafeteria tray-sized portion of several entrées.
Photo by Matthew DresdenChef Kiran Verma in the kitchen.Chef Kiran Verma, of the eponymous fine-dining Indian restaurant in River Oaks (okay, River Oaks adjacent), took a circuitous route to her profession. At age 18, she left her native Delhi and moved to Houston with her husband. After a s ... More >>
Today's VOICE Daily Deal from the Houston Press saves you a whopping 62 percent off of Indian cuisine($25 for $65) at Korma Sutra. Authentic North Indian food includes traditional favorites like tandoori salmon, saag paneer, and chicken tikka masala. Carnivores and herbivores alike will have ... More >>
Anita Jaisinghani's Pondicheri is this year's best new restaurant.
Photos by Troy FieldsPapdi chaat with house-made lentil dumplings.Now, I realize that it's only just now June, just today. And that declaring something the best new restaurant of 2011 this early in the year is a risky proposition. But that's how much Pondicheri, the new restaurant from Anita ... More >>
Dawn W. SimmonsMogul.After naming a Southern Indian eatery as my top vegetarian-friendly restaurant pick, I started to think about what makes an Indian restaurant good. I'm a huge fan of bread, so fresh, golden bubbly naan is always important, as are creamy paneer, high-quality meats, perfec ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttKachumber salad and saag paneer-stuffed samosas."Oh, good. There are other brown people here," my friend remarked with a laugh as we walked up to Pondicheri's front door one recent evening. "That's always a good sign." Indeed, one of the things that first struck m ... More >>
Photo courtesy of The Moghul's RestaurantNo, I did not take any pictures myself. There was no point.My visit to The Moghul's Restaurant and Bar (11681 Westheimer, 281-589-2300) last night can be summed up in one solitary word: Befuddling. I had been eagerly looking forward to driving out to ... More >>
Photo by Troy FieldsBuilding the dahi puri at Sweet n Namkin.I have come to terms with my current obsession: dahi puri. It was sparked by the review I did of Sweet n Namkin some weeks ago and has only been growing stronger as I find more and more places around town in which to indulge my chaa ... More >>
Dahi puri at Shiv Sagar.The bad thing about going back to read old reviews is that I start craving certain dishes from that restaurant. This happened on Tuesday with a recent review of Sweet n Namkin and dahi puri. This isn't always bad, per se. It's only bad when I can't get what I'm cravin ... More >>
Feasting at Sweet n Namkin and Salaam Namaste.
Shubhra Ramineni was born in India and moved here as a small child. In Houston, her mother made Indian food with local ingredients. Shubhra went on to college and graduate school and is now a busy young professional and new mom. But she still wanted to cook uncomplicated Indian food in her ho ... More >>
These super-kind folks have been doing knockout Pakistani and Indian food for more than 16 years.
Bombay Pizza Co. (914 Main Street) adds chutneys and tandoori flavors and make extremely unique -- and extremely delicious -- pizza. Since it's a downtown destination, we chose to park for free in Midtown and catch the rail straight down Main Street to the Main Street Square exit. The restau ... More >>
Let's say it's a Tuesday evening and you've got a hot date, but your wallet has nothing but a maxed out credit card and a shabby $20 bill. You could go to McDonald's or maybe even Taco Cabana if you're feeling really fancy, but we suggest heading down to the Tuesday-night Farmer's Market on U ... More >>
The rainbow of spices used in this type of Asian cooking make it among the spiciest in the world
Bolani (an Afghani calzone) at Saffron Kabob House
We are big fans of Indian food. On a recent night out, we started off slowly with milder dishes like chicken tikka masala and saag paneer, then slowly moved up to the slightly more spicy navratan korma before finally ordering that shrimp curry the waiter had warned us against (he might have b ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttAfter last week's Battle Grilled Cheese, we received a gentle prod from one of our readers and favorite local food mavens, Dr. Ricky: "I think there need to be more creative choices for the food battles. Down to grilled cheese sandwiches?"It was with a heavy sigh and a ... More >>
Hillcroft -- that magical street where the adventurous soul can find the weird, wild and wonderful cuisine of India and the Middle East. Udipi Café at 5959 Hillcroft is just off 59, tucked between a gas station (go figure) and a jewelry store (go figure again). This restaurant came recommend ... More >>
This 16-year-old Indian restaurant is still turning out great curries; just don't expect atmosphere — or silverware.
While writing this week's review of Sher-E-Punjab, we sampled the plain naan and the garlic naan, the dense, vegetable-stuffed paratha, and onion kulcha. Our hands-down favorite, and the best bread to get with the spicy goat vindaloo and fiery chili chicken at this little restaurant and sweet ... More >>