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Any good local dining in Yuba City?

Try Five Rivers- straight up Punjabi food, nice sit down place. If you can , go for Sunday brunch and ask for the scrambled eggs ( anda burji) with parathas. We are from India originally and we always make it a point to grab brunch before we head back to the Bay Area. Love the flavors in those eggs.

Mar 19, 2013
vaparna in California

Nirvanaah! (Indian ice cream shop) now open in Sunnyvale - anyone?

I'd hands down pick Nirvanaah. The ice cream is really RICH and tastes almost decadently creamy. Their Alphonso Mango is to die for. The Kulfi and Thandai are flavors are great as well.

Wanted: Extremely Spicy Thai or Indian Food

Go to Bawarchi on El Camino & Reed. Ask for the "Vijayawada Special Biriyani'. Ask them to make it spicy .
Athidhi - Order their 'Chilli Chicken' . Don't eat it at the buffet but order it separately,
MyThai is definitely spicy but I didnt find it to be really tasty..just insanely spicy( if that's your thing)

727 South Wolfe Road, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

1165 Reed Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Help with Indian cooking?

Yes, I was referring to dhungar. I use aluminium foil..I accidentally dropped it in the gravy once and found the flavor was interesting!

Nov 10, 2010
vaparna in Home Cooking

Help with Indian cooking?

Hi there, the key to getting that great makhani gravy is to strain the gravy. Also, the makhani gravy does not need onions and must have kasoori Methi. ( dried fenugreek leaves, that give it s distinctive fragrance). GIve this recipe a try and let me know how it turns out.

Here's what I do:

Roughly chop tomatoes, add ginger+ garlic paste, green chillies(thai chillies, deseed them if you don't want it too spicy), cloves, green cardamom & salt. Let this simmer till the tomatoes are reduced to pulp. Remove from heat and strain the gravy( medium sieve is fine)
Return the gravy to heat and at this point add kasoori methi and butter ( pref unsalted ). At this point, taste the gravy and add honey as per your desired sweetness level.
To get the smoky flavor, use a piece of burning charcoal and infuse it in the gravy. But this can get icky, consider yourself warned.
Add your chicken/paneer and finish off with cream.

You can add a paste of cashew, walnut or almond as a variation. Adding whole red Kashimr chillies will give the gravy a vibrant red hue but this is optional. Kasoori methi can be found at most Indian grocery stores sold under the brand MDH. Good luck!

Nov 09, 2010
vaparna in Home Cooking

Curry to Go, in a Big Way

wow, I find it hard to believe that the British curry is healthier... most Indian curries have no cream and very less fat/oil.

Apr 23, 2010
vaparna in Features

Anyone have a great mjadra recipe?

Use this recipe as a base and incorporate your own spices. I have had great results when I throw in cardamom( black, not green) and cumin/coriander powders. Also, I prefer to use ghee instead of olive oil...

Mar 25, 2010
vaparna in Home Cooking

Places for lunch around Milpitas

New India Chaat Cafe on Main St is homestyle Indian food . For $6 you get a thali ( combo plate) but its vegetarian only.

New India Chaat Cafe
454 S Main St, Milpitas, CA 95035

Sakoon (Mountain View)

I tried the lunch buffet at Sakoon today. I was lured by the tempting menu and the description of the dishes on Yelp.
The buffet is definitely among the better Indian buffets out there. There is an extensive selection of vegetarian dishes and a good mix of the tried and tested dishes and a few new ones. The salad bar had a kidney bean salad and a chicken salad which was excellent. The chicken was marianted in kebab spices and was very moist and flavorful . The standouts in the buffet were paneer bhurji ( the indian answer to veggie scrambled eggs), the mutton seekh kebab, the sweet and spicy eggplant curry & the seafood molly. There was also a veggie tawa fry ( stir fry) which was fantastic. The buffet also included butter chicken, lamb curry & yellow dal which were very good but not great. The desserts included rice kheer, gulab jamun & mango halwa. The desserts were disappointing and I recommend skipping them.Since it was lunch time I did not try their cocktails but I did try the virgin mojito and was impressed .

I was not too impressed by the decor which was over the top buddha bar/lounge with trance music playing in the background. While the decor seems pretentious and over the top, the food definitely has substance.

Overall the buffet was good but my main complaint was that all the dishes were drowning in oil. In spite of the greasiness the flavors do stand out, but they would do well if they went easy on the fat. I definitely will go back for dinner to give the al a carte menu a go.

Indian Rotis

There are tons in south bay if you don't mind the drive over the weekend.Kokila's Kitchen for phulkas, lovely sweets on El Camino for rotis.

Healthy Indian?

In South Bay, I recommend the following: Bhavika's is typical homemade fare while the others tend to be a bit restaurantish in quality but no where close the the oil, cream and red color laden "buffet style" Indian places.

Komala Vilas
1020 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

New India Chaat Cafe
454 S Main St, Milpitas, CA 95035

Bhavika's Indian Restaurant
1053 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Spice Hut
1086 N 1st St, San Jose, CA 95112

Real Biryani in the Bay Area

Kabab and Curry's in Santa Clara
Peacock Indian cafe in San Jose
Tastebuds in Sunnyvale ( this is more Andhra style , so spicier). Try pairing it with the eggplant masala ( it is a combo made by the gods)
Annapoorna in San Mateo

I am not sure about places in SFO ( I never eat Indian food when I go there :)

Steak with wine sauce ( pref south Bay )

I am looking for steak places which specifically serve steaks with an interesting red wine sauce and not the usual butter/ mushroom demi glace. I am not a big fan of the "meaty" steak & am more interested in the flavor of the sauce than the cut of the meat itself..

Recommendations in the city are also welcome...

Thanks much !