I am always craving Indian food.
The spices, the heat, the depth, all, so addictive.
Tiffin Indian Cuisine is right up the street from Express Grub in a small shopping center on Route 70. After a day of snacking on kale chips and fruit, I stopped pretending I was fueled, hopped in my car, and listened to the sound of my tired screeching as I sped there.
Upon entering, my eyes were instantly interested in the rows of spices in containers sitting on the shelving unit behind the take out counter. Cardamom, curry, cumin, and coriander, all permeating their scent in those lucky boxes. I just wanted to take one while the receptionist went to the kitchen to grab my order. The only thing that stopped me was the thin maxi dress I was wearing that could barely conceal my bra strap, let alone a gallon of curry powder.
There was a $25 dinner special going on that consisted of one appetizer, one bread and two entrees. I got the samosa chaat, garlic naan, aloo gobhi and chicken tikka makhani. In addition to the dinner special, I added on the cheese kulcha and a mango lassi.
The plan was to save the mango lassi for an after meal indulgence, but I took one sip while en-route to the office and couldn’t pry it from my grip. The richness and the sweetness and potency of the mango, had me smacking my lips to get every possible taste there was. I was shocked by its velvety smoothness. The yogurt base along with the ripened fruit created a sharp tang that made my lips perch. I blame the 95 degree weather for forcing me to finish the refreshing 12oz drink in under five minutes.
When I got back, I opened each container and examined my meal. I was sad to see I was given plain samosas instead of the samosa chaat I ordered, but with all the food sitting in front of me, I was okay with there not being more components to consume.
The samosas were crisp with a dense and spicy potato and pea filling. The classic Indian spices were so aromatic (pepper, cumin and fennel to name a few), I could taste them long after digesting. I enjoyed my samosas with the small container of mint chutney provided. The mint and the loads of cilantro in the sauce complimented the fried dough and potatoes very well, and added more herbal spice.
My midsection could feel this would be one of those instances where my eyes were bigger than my stomach.
It’s my theory that you can’t go wrong with naan, especially garlic flavored. Firstly, it’s a carb and carbs automatically make me happy. Secondly, adding an abundance of garlic, butter and chopped coriander leaf will only take its deliciousness to the next level. The sweet pungency of the cooked garlic, tag-teamed with the softness of the naan, made ripping it to shreds way too easy. Like the lassi, I was finished before I could even get the taste down pat.
Like the garlic naan, the cheese kulcha was pillowy soft with sporadic air pockets all about the surface. The only difference between the two? The kulcha was stuffed with salty melted Gruyere and mozzarella cheeses *faints*. Think of a grilled cheese sandwich, only with paper thin naan and high quality cheese, sprinkled with what looked like nigella seeds. It was phenomenal, especially when I heated it up for a minute, and let the cheese and bread get steaming hot.
For the main courses, I started with the aloo gobhi. Without question, aloo gobhi is one of my favorite Indian dishes. Before trying it, I thought a potato and cauliflower dish would be very light. However, each time I order it, I have to unzip my pants. It’s such a simple dish, but the spices give it complexity. Ginger, turmeric, garlic, cumin, garam masala and more, collaborated to make these every day ingredients taste so much better.
The grand finale was the chicken tikka makhani, which Tiffin calls their butter chicken. Believe me when I say, it is so appropriately named. Besides having great heat, it was creamy, thick, smooth, and bright. In other words, it was outstanding. The actual chicken taste grilled or prepared in a way that locked in all of its marinade. I really wish I could call the chef and asked just how he prepared the chicken. That way, I could cook this every.single.night.of.every.single.week.
Tiffin always has wonderful deals and magnificent food. If you want a four (or more) course meal with great flavor, fresh ingredients, and authentic preparation, Tiffin’s your spot.
… And don’t forget a lassi to wash it all down.