House of India, Huntington, NY

Samosa Chatt (HOI)Indian food - 4-6-13

I’m not quite a vegetarian, but lately I’m eating less and less meat – sometimes I can go for days without eating it and not miss it.  I haven’t eaten red meat for about 12 years now, so I’m talking about chicken.  I don’t eat lamb and hardly eat pork.  So, when you’re a mostly vegetarian, you might find limited options for eating out decent food that’s meat-free.  That’s why I love House of India in Huntington; they have a great selection of vegetarian appetizers and entrees that are really delicious.  Here’s the link to their site:  The menus may not be the most current on the website, but you’ll find they have traditional Indian food from both the northern and southern regions.  I’ve been to a few Indian restaurants on Long Island and House of India is probably one of the best.  Service is excellent – very attentive without being intrusive and perfect timing.  The decor is tasteful and clean.  And the food is simply amazing.

Just because you want to eat sans meat, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor, or options.  We hadn’t been to HOI in about six months, and tried the Samosa Chatt appetizer, and it was really great  – a combination of a fried dumpling that was broken up covered with mildly spiced chick peas, vegetables and it was lightly sprinkled with cilantro – love this! We also had an Onion Kulcha, which is similar to Nan bread, but it’s loaded up with onions and spices.  Their menu says it’s a “specialty of northern India.”  Northern India is known for using milk or dairy products, samosas, and breads (among other traditional staple ingredients).

For my entree, I had my favorite dish – Sag Paneer, which is also a dish from northern India. It’s India’s variation on cottage cheese; it’s some sort of cubed white cheese, but when combined with their pureed spinach and traditional spices, it’s one of the best dishes in the world to me.  I always get my Indian food mildly spiced because anything hotter will set my mouth on fire and ruin my eating experience.  My boyfriend had the Mix Vegetable Curry entree and I had some, as we shared our dishes.  Our entrees came with plain basmati rice, and it’s always perfectly cooked every time we’ve had it at HOI. His dish was delicious and light; a good choice since mine was more fattening with the cubed cheese.  For our beverage, we had our usual hot spice tea – it’s just the right amount of spices without going overboard.

We had intentions of taking some of our dinner to go and have leftovers, but everything tasted so good that we ate it all! So, if you haven’t dipped your foot in the pool yet, go ahead, try some Indian food.  Maybe skip the super-spicy Vindloo dishes on your first outing.  Tandoori chicken is a good safe choice to start with or chicken korma or masala, but the saag paneer is my favorite and I highly recommend it if you’re a spinach fan.

I hope you try some wild, exotic food soon.  Until next time…happy eating 🙂


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