Indian Food and Cooking

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    July 4, 2014

    Houston Restaurants Observe Ramadan with Sehri and Iftar

    Ramadan began on June 28, meaning observant Muslims across the world are participating in the month-long fast that makes up one of the Five Pillars of Islam. From dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from a number of activities including eating and drinking. During these, the longest, hottest days of ... More >>

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    June 4, 2014

    Where to Eat on Father's Day in Houston 2014

    Father's Day is less than two weeks away and it will be here before you know it. Houston restaurants are gearing up for the big day, and so should you. On Sunday, June 15, various establishments will offer celebratory brunches, lunches and dinners along with some drink specials. Check out our round ... More >>

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    June 3, 2014

    Recipe: Indian Meatloaf

    The most logical way to make use of my husband's over-abundance of Indian spices would be to make some sort of Indian dish. But that particular evening I was feeling not so logical (thanks, perhaps, to the consumption of a glass of a very full-bodied petite sirah). I wanted Indian food. But I also w ... More >>

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    May 6, 2014

    The Five Best Hidden Restaurant Gems in Hillcroft

    Two weeks ago, I highlighted some of my favorite relatively unknown restaurants in Chinatown for your eating pleasure. There are so many spots there, it was hard to narrow it down to just five, but before I revisit even more delicious and authentic hole-in-the-wall eateries on Bellaire Boulevard, I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    Eat Your Heart Out: Top Eight Buffets in Houston for the Valentine-less

    Sometimes Valentine's Day is magical and filled with love, laughter and deep, romantic, meaningful moments with your special someone. And sometimes you're alone, and all you want to do is drown your sorrows in as much food (and wine) as humanly possible. Often, this is accomplished by buying a whole ... More >>

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    January 3, 2014

    Top 5 Saffron Dishes To Try in Houston

    Saffron, whose scarlet threads infuse a dish with a unique salty-sweet fragrance (as well as a warm tangerine hue) can be an elusive spice. Its costliness and pungent strength prevents chefs from using it willy-nilly, which makes its occasional appearances even more exciting and enticing. Saffron ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Old Downtown

    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). Today, it's old downtown that gets a closer look. With plenty of bars and restaurants popping up around Market Square Park and the expansion of the METRORail ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Gastro Punk Food Truck, Burger Porn and Breaking the Indian Buffet Habit

    Houston Food Truck Reviews: This is a great blog if you get tired of waiting for our sporadic (but, ahem, excellent) food truck round-ups. This week, blogger David Sarkozi checked out one of Houston's newest food trucks, Gastro Punk. Sarkozi writes, "Ok, maybe I have a problem, Gasto Punk has been o ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 25, 2013

    From Tacos to Tikka Masala

    Houston's 10 best classic food trucks.

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    What Does "Comfort Food" Mean Across the World?

    "Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are." -- Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin A lot of people have a problem with the term "comfort food." It's far too arbitrary, they argue. It changes from one part of the world to the next. Ice cream and brownies aren't nearly as popular in China as ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    Where the Chefs Eat: Christine Ha and Alvin Schultz

    This week, our Where The Chefs Eat series turns to two amateur chefs turned television reality stars: Christine Ha and Alvin Schultz. Both living in Houston and Vietnamese by descent, they each snagged a spot on the TV reality show, MasterChef. Schultz, who was featured on Season 2, is known for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Street Foods of India at Kiran's: The Perfect Launch for the Houston Metro Cooking Show and the Curry Digest Video Series

    If you're like most Houstonians, you haven't, in the past week, been swept off your feet and transported to India and back in a matter of hours, experiencing the joy of Indian street foods, upbeat music, age-old traditions, and exotic beverages in between. But to my own and a diverse group of food w ... More >>

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    July 25, 2012

    The Keema Frankie at Pondicheri

    On a recent Friday night, I was craving Tex-Mexand Indian food. With only time and money for one takeout order, what's a girl to do? The Answer: Go to Pondicheri. Although Pondicheri doesn't explicitly advertise itself as "fusion" cuisine, some of its playful spins on "classic, homestyle, and stre ... More >>

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    July 20, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Indo-European Wine Dinners and Mixology Masters

    Calling all milkshake makers: Alamo Drafthouse just announced its first-ever milkshake creation contest. Along with all of the milkshake flavors the movie chain currently sells, it's looking to expand that list by one: a fall flavor-inspired or movie-themed shake will be the next milkshake on the ro ... More >>

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    July 18, 2012

    What Is a Dhaba? Find Out at Tandoori Nite

    Not all food trucks are taco trucks, nor are they gourmet food trucks serving lobster and foie gras in Montrose. There are plenty of mobile food units that occupy a space in between, and Tandoori Nite -- the subject of this week's cafe review -- is one of them. Although it's technically a food truc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    The Global Burger: India

    I love a good burger. While I always enjoy the regular patty on a bun with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and ketchup (as long as it's cooked at least medium rare), sometimes I like to put a twist or two on tradition. In this series of posts, I'm globalizing the burger by revamping it according to other ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    What's Cooking This Week?

    Last week was filled with classic favorites, Galumpkis, Corned Beef Deli Sandwiches & Blackened Tilapia. I picked up some amazing sweet potato gnocchi and an awesome-looking mango chutney last weekend, so this week I'll definitely be using both in my menu. Here's what I'm making: Veal Saltimbocca ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 20, 2011

    Fit for a Queen

    Part Indian, part English and part Gulf Coast, this isn't your typical Houston pub fare.

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Happy National Guacamole Day!

    ​Friday, September 16, is National Guacamole Day, according to Naturally, we're marking the occasion by stuffing heaps of chunky guac into our...guac-holes while listening to the Guacamole Song. It would be inappropriate to celebrate any other way. While I have absolutely not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Kiran Verma of Kiran's

    Photos by Matthew DresdenThe lamb shank at Kiran's. Note the green vegetables.​Usually, after the conversation portion of the Chef Chat (covered in parts one and two), the chef brings out a few of her specialties, or some seasonal dishes, or whatever catches her fancy that day. I then write ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Kiran Verma of Kiran's

    Photo by Matthew DresdenKiran Verma in front of her restaurant.​In part one of our Chef Chat with chef/owner Kiran Verma of Kiran's, we discussed how she came to create Houston's first restaurant combining fine dining and Indian cuisine. Today, we talk about sourcing ingredients, making baby f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2011

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 94, Mulligatawny Soup at the Queen Vic

    ​This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Searching for a Slice: Bombay Pizza Co.

    Photos by Christina UticoneThis looks suspiciously like a regular pepperoni pie. (Because it is.)​I've been hesitant to try the Bombay Pizza Co. (914 Main St.) in spite of some of the amazing reviews it's gotten. I love pizza, and I love the flavors of Indian food, but as I've written in the p ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 26, 2011

    Little India

    Hillcroft and Raja Sweets have become the epicenter of Houston's vibrant Indian population.

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Pillsbury Naan: Thinking Outside the (Bread) Box

    ​As I was browsing through a local Indian grocery store, I came across a large selection of frozen breads. Always a sucker for a good naan, I scanned the array of colorful packages. I was surprised to see the fat, jolly Pillsbury Doughboy staring back at me from a familiar blue wrapping. Th ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    Shiftwork Bites: Paneer Makhani

    ​A few weeks ago over at Shiftwork Bites, I wrote about making molé for International Hot and Spicy Foods Day. I had asked various friends and acquaintances for piquant suggestions, and then promptly ignored all of them and made something else, instead. In a gesture of goodwill, and because t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Upcoming Food Events

    Photo by churlBuy a fruit tree this weekend for a gift that keeps on giving.​We all know that Santa Claus travels far and wide to make his Christmas deliveries, even if you don't have a chimney in your house. But did you know that he even travels underwater? The Downtown Aquarium will have a ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Dirty Kitchen Adventures: Although she's currently living abroad, Houston food ... More >>

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    August 10, 2010

    Chicken and Children at Ruggles Green

    ​The newest Ruggles outpost -- Ruggles Green -- is now open at CityCentre, which is quickly becoming saturated with excellent restaurants, much to the pleasure of culinarily starved west Houston residents. Ruggles Green (800 W. Sam Houston Parkway) is situated on prime real estate: the grassy ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    Where Are We Eating?

    Is Indian food a recurring theme here lately? Perhaps, but only because Houston is so richly saturated with excellent Indian restaurants. It's only to be expected that we want to try them all. Does the spread below look familiar to you? Think you know where we're eating this week? ​Leave your ... More >>

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    January 6, 2010

    $13 at Raja Sweets

    ​Where: Raja Sweets, 5667 Hillcroft, 713-782-5667 What $13 gets you: A double helping of chick peas, rice, a salad, a sack of stellar samosas, pakoras and a lot of leftovers. After some underwhelming cafeteria food for lunch and a long day, we decided it was time to treat ourselves with a sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Top 11 Houston Restaurant Openings of the Decade

    Since I started my job as restaurant critic of the Houston Press in May of 2000, I've had a chance to observe the Houston restaurant scene for just about the entire decade. Our fine dining scene has evolved in the last ten years, and so have our ethnic cuisines. Houston became the birthplace of some ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    Eating Out on Thanksgiving Day? What's Open

    ​Not everyone in the city celebrates Thanksgiving, and that should come as no surprise given our increasingly diverse tapestry of residents (something for which Eating Our Words is thankful). And not everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving does so with a big family dinner at home. For these folk ... More >>

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    November 17, 2009

    Straits Singaporean: A Different Kind of Fire

    Photos by Margaret Downing The Roti John Sandwich, Straits' signature dish, is braised beef (or chicken), with onion, tomato, spicy mayo and garlic fries.​There we were, looking at what appeared to be eyes staring back at us in a faintly orangish sauce. "It's messy," my dining companion pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    Overripe Mango Wrestling

    Photos by Robb Walsh​Giant mangos are $11 for a box of six at the Airline Farmer's Marketing Association. But you can pick up a box of overripe mangos for a mere five bucks. I took two boxes of the nasty-looking fruit home last weekend and showed my assistants how to cut them up. The 12 mang ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2009

    Breakfast in BissBeechistan

    Photos by Robb Walsh​My friend Jay Francis refers to the neighborhood west of Beltway 8 between Bissonnet and Beechnut as BissBeechistan because of the excellent Pakistani restaurants found in the area. La Sani is the most famous of the bunch. But Francis is extremely fond of King's Chicken on ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009
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    February 26, 2009
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    May 15, 2008

    The Cuisine of India

    Get a taste of peace at this benefit for the Boniuk Center

  • Dining

    October 5, 2006

    Dates and Camels

    A new Afghani restaurant on Bissonnet offers a novel way to break your Ramadan fast

  • Dining

    March 10, 2005

    Fire-Breathing Burgers

    Exotic meat dishes are tops at Himalaya

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Vegetarian Indian Buffet

    Bombay Sweets & Pure Vegetarian Restaurant

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002
  • Dining

    July 18, 2002

    Currying Favor

    Raja Quality Restaurant & Sweets

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001
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    April 26, 2001

    Everything's Kosher

    Two new eateries lay down the Jewish dietary laws

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    September 24, 1998
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    January 29, 1998

    Curries and Quietude

    A brasserie that's anything but brassy

  • Dining

    July 4, 1996

    Hot Stuff

    The name's Italian, but that's not all that stokes Fiamma's flame

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