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Indian Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    In a Strip Mall in Carrollton, Al Markaz Breaks Up Your Indian-Food Routine

    This was no ordinary shopping center. No Target, Best Buy or Subway was within miles (OK, like two miles), and a women's clothing store, though not your average Forever 21, stood to my left. Wanting an Indian-food experience other than standbys like Roti Grill and Chennai, I'd asked some Indian and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2014

    Passport Not Required: Sampling Three Asian and Mediterranean Markets' In-Store Dining

    Yea, though I walk through the aisle of the cooking fats of Indo-Pak, I will fear no hydrogenation: for ghee art with me; thy full pockets and thy full belly they comfort me. A few years ago I watched a documentary on African immigrants. One man, recalling his first experience in an American groce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 72: The Kathi Roll at Simply Dosa

    To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me. A freshly made paratha is a wonderful thing, even on its own. The flatbreads are rich and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 80: The Biryanis at Chennai

    To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me. It's time for bonus dishes. Why pick one biryani when you can pick two and have twice the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Finding Bourdain's Kulcha at Tandoor in Arlington

    Anthony Bourdain's recent culinary tryst to India for his show on CNN, Parts Unknown, left me in a bit of fit. Much in the same way it left Scott Reitz craving for kulcha, I too had dreams of freshly cooked naan (or kulcha) straight out of a tandoor. I also wanted to dance like the waiters, sing lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    This Weekend's Diwali Mela at the Cotton Bowl Is the Best Food Event of the Year

    Got all of that Halloween nonsense out of your system last night? Good. Now you've got more important matters to deal with. Diwali Mela is back, and from a culinary standpoint especially, it's one of the most interesting cultural festivals in the area. The variety of food at this behemoth seems end ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Dallas' 50 Most Interesting Restaurants, No. 15: Chennai Cafe

    Leading up to our annual Best of Dallas® issue, we're counting down the 50 most interesting restaurants in Dallas. These spots bring something unique or compelling to the city's dining scene, feeding both your appetite and soul. Find more interesting places on our all-new Best Of app for iTunes or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    Dallas' 50 Most Interesting Restaurants, No. 47: Taj Chaat House

    Leading up to our annual Best of Dallas® issue, we're counting down the 50 most interesting restaurants in Dallas. These spots bring something unique or compelling to the city's dining scene, feeding both your appetite and soul. Find more interesting places on our all-new Best Of app for iTunes or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    TacoNaan in Coppell is Cross Dressing Tacos and Naan. This Could Be Fun.

    TacoNaan is a new taco naan place at 928 Belt Line Road in Coppell serving variations of tacos and naan. The owners recently renovated the inside of this old convenience store -- cleaned it up, slapped a fresh coat of paint on the walls, new tile floors and furniture and said "Bam! Let's shake thing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    The 11 Best Bites from the Dallas Observer Iron Fork 2013

    Hopefully you made it to Iron Fork last night. Hopefully you dressed lightly. While massive blowers at the front of the venue did their best, the back of the Dallas Contemporary was quite warm. I'm half convinced that Matt McCallister's sweat was the magical ingredient that propelled the young chef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Tacos, Tacos And More Tacos: This Week In Dallas Dining

    Another Friday is here and the coming cold front promises a chilly weekend ahead. If you don't have any food plans you should check out Lauren's list of things to do, but please, avoid pumpkin vodka at all cost. There are better ways to warm yourself with spirits. This week I reviewed Mughlai Fine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    Two Ways To Find Value At Mughlai, One Of Dallas' Best Indian Restaurants

    I can't figure out why Indian food isn't more popular. Of all the cuisines to enjoy, it has the most character, most complexity and most diversity. A southern Indian curry flavored with coconut and heat is nothing like the rich meat stews from North India, and dishes from East India incorporate uniq ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    The Secret To Some Bitchin' Black Beans and Improving a Ton of Other Dishes Too

    I'm fascinated with Indian cooking. Obsessed. I love the way cooks build layers of flavor and aroma with onions and other aromatics, a cadre of spices and a long, slow simmer. If you've ever cooked a robust curry in your kitchen, you know that the smell that overtakes your entire home is almost into ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Ten Reasons To Visit Your Local Indian Grocery

    If you've driven around the suburbs, you've undoubtedly seen countless Indian groceries dotting the strip malls. They're everywhere. And while they have a lot of similarities with other ethnic grocers in the area, many of which are much larger, they do have some ingredients that are hard to find els ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    On Meatless Monday, All Hail the Mighty Chickpea

    No doubt many of us are probably suffering from a slight meat hangover after all those holiday weekend grill-fests. Now that Tuesday's here, it's back to work and time to detox from all that poolside barbecue gorging. May I suggest you embrace the glorious chickpea? Everyone knows and loves hummu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    I Learned to Love Paan, and You Should Too, Starting with This Week's Review

    ​The first time I encountered the small, triangular-shaped parcel I was in New York. Some friends of mine were stupid enough to take my recommendation that we arrive by train at 6 a.m., order chaat and chai at Lahori Kabab, and continue a 24-hour curry crawl through multiple boroughs before h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Homesick Texan Releases Homesick Cookbook

    ​Native Texan Lisa Fain is living the quintessential food blogger dream. After five years of compiling recipes in CSS and HTML, her writings will appear on paper in hardback, available on Amazon and at other booksellers this September 13th. Fain has been a salve for displaced Texans, working ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    Eat Street: James Cunningham Celebrates Street Food ... Not Here, Of Course

    Eat Street host James Cunningham lets food serve as the real star of his show.​Eat Street leads with one of its many trump cards when it starts out each episode with chrome-domed host, James Cunningham, just taking up some space on a city sidewalk, shooting the breeze. Cunningham may have been ... More >>

  • Articles

    August 4, 2011
  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    My Fit Foods: Losing Weight by Buying Food You Don't Want to Eat

    The typical Cheap Bastard response when confronted by purveyors of healthy food.​My Fit Foods is what would happen if Eatzi's ate Jenny Craig. It's a wall of refrigerators filled with premade, preportioned, ready-to-wave, better-for-you-than-horking-down-a-stuffed-crust-pizza meals. The goal o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Secret Recipe: A Good, Not Great, Find
    In a Search for Malaysian Food in DFW

    Secret Recipe's Hainanese-style roasted chicken​Malaysia is a country of vast and diverse cultures, all marrying to create one united cuisine. The nation's food borrows and combines elements of Chinese, Indonesian, Thai, Filipino, and Indian menus, creating a robust flavor profile. The use of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Kalachandji's Cooking Class Curries Favor
    For Indian-style Vegetarian

    Photos by Brooke Nottingham​When I sit down for class on Thursday night at Kalachandji's Community Hall, my classmate Bob leans over to me and explains that a lot of people don't like curry. So he pulls out that night's recipe list and goes through them, ingredient by ingredient. "Look, yogur ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 28, 2010
  • Dining

    September 23, 2010
  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    How About Them Knockers - J.S. Chens

    ​Delivering Dim Sum after 3:00 - 30 Dealing with my OCD - 20 Surprisingly Decent Dim Sum Delivered - 25 Chuckling cheeseburger remark - 10 Total - 85 J.S. Chen's Restaurant 240 Legacy Dr. #118, Plano 972.517.2332 It has been a long and unseasonably warm week in the City of Ate and I found mysel ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 28, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Veggie Guy: Madras Pavilion

    ​May seem bizarre to some that I would compare a South Indian dinner to my Mexican grandmother's breakfast taquitos, but that's exactly what came to mind while chowing down on my potato-filled dosa at Madras Pavilion. Growing up, my brother Michael and I hated eggs. Still do, in fact. Whenever ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 14, 2009
  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    Veggie Girl: Dosa Cafe

    View Larger Map If Frank and I had ever dated, our first date would have been the time he invited me to eat real, honest-to-goodness Taiwanese food in Richardson. I've been a Chinese-and-related food hater for most of my life, with the exception of this one vegetarian place in L.A. where I haven't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    10 Questions: Samir Dhurandhar

    Nick & Sam's celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Ten years of prime beef, pan-seared foie gras and such, all cooked under the direction of an Indian chef.Dhurandhar has been cooking pretty much all his life. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and apprenticed in New York b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    Veggie Girl: Kalachandji's

    Our new feature searching for vegan and vegetarian dining options in Dallas--both at restaurants committed to the cause and regular, meat eating places.Being vegan is supposed to do lots of lovely spiritual and gastrointestinal things to you. You're supposed to feel lighter and healthier, for one. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    How 'Bout Them Knockers: Roti Grill

    Roti Grill 4438 McKinney Ave., Suite 100 214-521-3655 (Ordered through Diningin.com) Promised Delivery Time: 60 minutes Actual Delivery Time: 50 minutes and the driver got lost The Score:Outsourced call center efficiency (only problem was that the Canada-based representative misspelled my street, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2008

    Maybe These Two Frisco Women Could Be the Next Food Network Stars

    Hetal Jannu, left, and Anuja Balasubramanian Courtesy USA Today, word of a local cooking show -- on the YouTubes and out of Frisco. Stay-at-home moms Hetal Jannu and Anuja Balasubramanian are the hosts of the Web-only Show Me the Curry, for which they've made some 100 how-to videos for everything fr ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 12, 2008
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    June 28, 2007
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    September 27, 2006
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    July 6, 2006
  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004
  • News

    October 9, 2003
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    September 25, 2003
  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Pappadam (That's Right, Best Pappadam)

    Buddha's Special at Cosmic Café

  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Samosa

    India Grocers

  • Best of Dallas

    September 20, 2001
  • Best of Dallas

    September 21, 2000

    Best Indian restaurant

    Swarna Palace Indian Cuisine

  • Dining

    October 7, 1999

    Pow wow wow

    Tenaya cooks with forked tongue

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