Posts tagged ‘Indian Food’

June 13, 2016

Where to Eat in Copenhagen? Govinda, Of Course!

by jem614

When the usual dish in Denmark (for lunch) is usually cold meat sandwiches, what does a vegetarian eat?  Indian of course!

Mama Veg travels far and wide to bring you vegetarian options from all over the world.  This month, she traveled to Copenhagen with a friend and visited an Indian restaurant where you can almost always find vegetarian options.

What a quaint little restaurant!


The regular menu is mostly vegetarian but they do have some vegan options.  Their curry is delicious and has some pretty great reviews.  If you’re in Copenhagen, please check them out!

For more information (use google translate if you need to as their website is in Danish) go to Govinda Vegetarian Takeout .


September 29, 2014

Curry Leaf San Fran- A Break From The Seafood “Norm”

by jem614

As a vegetarian staying in Fisherman’s Wharf, it’s hard to find something close-by that I could actually eat.  I mostly ate salads and pastas during my stay.  That’s sad and depressing (for me anyways).

The second to last day in California, I had enough and figured the easiest way to get some vegetarian cuisine was to find a local Indian restaurant.  I was in luck, just a few short blocks from the Sheraton on the Wharf, was “Curry Leaf”, an adorable little Indian/Pakistani restaurant.  I ordered up a storm- papadum, veggie samosa, naan, palaak paneer, and masala chai (which I actually forgot I ordered) as well as something chickeny for my son.

The papadum was perfect, the right spiciness and flavor.  The palaak paneer was delicious, not too creamy, not too watery, a great flavor and it wasn’t crazy expensive for the area.  Curry Leaf also does things a bit different than normal restaurants- you order at the front and then pick up your own drinks (and pour your own Chai that I forgot I ordered).  You also grab your own plates and cutlery, get your own water and don’t forget to get the salsas from the fridge!

So happy I was able to eat something besides pasta, I wished I would have branched out a little more.  I think next time I’m in San Fran, I’ll probably stay somewhere besides Fisherman’s Wharf….

For more info and to find your vegetarian safety net, go to:

On a side note, if you’re brave, I also saw this strange Irish pub/Indian restaurant on the way.  If you try it, let us know your review and we’ll post it here!

May 15, 2013

Cuisine of India, Clear Lake, TX

by jem614

Cuisine of India is a popular place in Clear Lake, a city on the outskirts of Houston.  Clear Lake houses the famous “NASA” as well as the Kemah Boardwalk.  I was in Houston for business and wanted to try a few veggie-friendly places for our readers and this was the perfect spot!

For an appetizer, I tried the veggie samosas which were suprisingly lightly flavored and delicious (I say suprising because I expected a salty flavor and instead they let taste the vegetables shine through).  For the main meal, I picked the Vegetarian Delight dish, it’s about $14 and is big enough for two if you’re on a tight budget.  This dish is full of several different thick soups such as: dal makhni, malai kofta, saag paneer, peas pullao all scooped up with a fluffy peice of naan bread.  On the side they serve salad and samosas.

Of course, no Indian meal is complete without adding some chai tea!

Our service was excellent, the food took a little while but I’m assuming that’s because it was fresh.  I definitely recommend this great little place if you’re anywhere south of Houston and in the mood for some great Indian food!

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February 19, 2013

Palak Paneer in a Box

by jem614

KOI1This packet reminds me of the military rations my parents somehow got a hold of the summer before 8th grade.  We were living out of our cars (don’t ask, my parents were rolling stones and probably wanted to re-live the 60’s), eating military rations and taking showers in the school pool bathrooms.  It was the 80s or almost 90s and things were different.  We were also living in Alaska…. but I digress.

I picked up this package in Whole Foods last week and I was very skeptical that I could enjoy Palak Paneer out of a box.  I enjoy Amy’s Paneer but wanted to try something different.  I have to admit, I actually liked this box’d version better than Amy’s!  Can you imagine a box tasting good?  Especially one that has an expiration date of 2014 and has no preservatives?  This is like space food- it seems like it could last forever.  The only difference is that you don’t have to add water.  It’s all done and ready, you just cut open the package and pour into a pot, cook and serve!  How easy is that?

I enjoyed my Palak Paneer with some lebanese bread that we bought from The Village Mediterranean a couple of weeks ago.  We store it in the freezer so it stays fresh.

For more information go to

Here is a picture of the completed product.  Don’t let it’s “baby-food” like appearance deceive you, it’s extremely tasty (I might venture to say it’s tastier than some restaurants!).



June 12, 2012

Discovering Indian Cuisine at Mint Indian Brasserie

by ashley

Everything seems to be more vibrant and intense in India, dizzyingly colorful and filled with rich scents and spices. My interest was initially piqued by their beautiful clothing, especially their tunics and accessories, which were things I could easily wear. Despite years of searching for exotic clothing and décor, I had never actually set foot in an Indian restaurant. Maybe it was my aversion to spicy food, maybe it is just the fact that there extremely few Indian restaurants in Miami, but before this weekend, the extent of my experience with Indian food was limited to frozen foods. Jessica loves Indian food and we had been planning to have an Indian-themed lunch for quite some time, so when a coupon on LivingSocial popped in my inbox for a new upscale Indian restaurant in Brickell, I knew we had to try it.

Mint Leaf Brasserie in Brickell (Financial District, Downtown Miami, FL) is relatively new to the downtown scene, although their original restaurant in Coral Gables has been established since 2008. It is definitely an upscale version of Indian food, and quite possibly not the best choice for an introduction to the cuisine, but all the same we enjoyed it tremendously. While there was some haggling to be done to actually use the coupon they had advertised with LivingSocial, the food itself was wonderful. We visited the restaurant at noon on a quiet Sunday, we were the only patrons in the entire establishment for most of our meal. Being that all the items on the menu were foreign to me, we opted for their vegetarian thali, meaning plate in Hindi. A thali is an array of traditional dishes served as a platter, typically consisting of rice, vegetables, curd, chutney, dhal (pureed lentils, chickpeas or other starchy vegetable), a sweet dish and bread.

A vegetarian thali at Mint Leaf Brasserie costs $35 per person and includes vegetable bhajjia, tandoori paneer, sooki sabsi, dal makhani, channa masala, Bombay aloo, pillau rice, naan and a choice of either kofta or makhani mattar paneer for your main entrée. If you are anything like me, most of this sounds like gibberish, but fear not as it is all wonderfully delicious. My favorite was most definitely the kofta, which is vegetables and grains made into a paste, and then formed into balls. They are then simmered in a spicy sauce, absorbing the flavors and becoming very soft. They are excellent when scooped with a thick piece of naan (grilled flatbread).

While the prices may be a bit higher than you would pay on average for a Sunday lunch, the experience is priceless. In one afternoon I feel I have learned a tremendous amount about Indian cuisine, the tastes that I favor and feel much more confident venturing out to another Indian restaurant. If you are in the Brickell or Coral Gables area during the weekdays for lunch, they also have a smaller portion thali for only $14.50.

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January 18, 2012

Miami Tandoor Indian Restaurant

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

I had a craving for Indian food last Friday when I came in from Denver so I had my husband swing by this little Indian Restaurant called “Miami Tandoor”.  It was my first time eating here which is a surprise because I cannot eat enough Indian food.

I called in my order on the way from the airport and when I got there they knew my name, asked me how I had heard about them and made me feel like family.

I ordered some papadam (which I love with green sauce but unfortunately I forgot to ask for some), an order of vegetable samosas and palak paneer.  The papadam was amazing, just the perfect blend of spice and crunch and the vegetable samosas were fabulous.  I could have eaten a monument of them.  The palak paneer was a little different than I was used to but it was still good- I ate half one day (it was alot of food) and the other half the second day.  I think it was actually better the second day.

I’m looking forward to going back and trying some more of their vegetarian dishes as they have quite a few.  It seems like there are a few Indian restaurants in the area so we’ll be going there more often now that I’ve found it!

For more information on Miami Tandoor as well as their menu, go to


Papadam and Veggie Samosa

June 3, 2011

French Meadow-Indian with Potential

by jem614

by Jessica Michael

When I was 17, I graduated from High School and decided I wanted to save the world.  So… I went with a group to India and Nepal for two months to entertain orphans, bring food to those in prison, and hike the Himalayas. I cannot express what I learned from that trip, I will forever treasure it as the best experience of my life.

One of the things I miss the most is the food (by the way I lost like 5-10 lbs in those two months) which was something I didn’t really appreciate until I returned to the US.  While I was in India and Nepal, I could only dream of a big cheeseburger – (pre-vegetarian).  The most popular food we found when we were doing our travels was “Dal Bat” which is basically lentils and rice.  I have yet to find anything that tastes the same in any Indian Restaurant in the US.  I dream of Dal Bat, it’s so filling and spicy and fills every part of your senses.

Today, at Nutrition S’Mart, I found the French Meadow Indian Dal Makhani and was so excited to try it to see if it measured up.
Unfortunately, it was not the taste I was seeking.  This Dal is flooded with butter which is something I should have checked the label for before I purchased because I’m trying to kick the dairy habit.  It is really tasty but isn’t everything with butter? The Spinach on the other hand is kind of bland, something that could easily be remedied by using a little sea salt and garlic.


One thing I can’t complain about is the fact that they use this really nifty packaging and it steams your food instead of frying it in the microwave.  You keep all the flavor and deliciousness in there until you open it!


Overall, I think this company has alot of potential, they have other bakery products and may just be starting out on the frozen items so they could be just working out the details.  For sure they need to kick the butter out of this product, its no good for you (they do have vegan products so this may be a better option for those of you who want healthier foods).

For more information on where to find their “other” products, go to

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