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samosa house was serving some outstanding lily root today

westsidegal Jan 24, 2007 02:21 PM

as well as their great jackfruit.
11938 West Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90066 Phone: 310-390-6005

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    nosh Jan 24, 2007 08:30 PM

    OK, I'm confused. Is Samosa House the restaurant portion of the Indian food store called Bharat Bazaar?

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      bulavinaka Jan 24, 2007 08:41 PM

      Yes - the shop expanded into the space previously occupied by the coffin shop and now has a food counter, full kitchen in back, and seating at the front of the shop.

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        aliris Jan 24, 2007 09:15 PM

        The "aunties" have 'retired', although some subset of them show up fairly regularly. You can tell whether they're in evidence by what degree of lascivious Bollywood drivel is playing. In fact even if one of them phones the store the volume on the drek gets turned down!

        The infusion of new young blood is wonderful though, although I miss the "auties" a lot. What were formerly delicious samosas only available with a whisper and wink toward under the counter have actually now gotten even better -- they are now literally made to order. Only in India or my own kitchen have I tasted samosas so fresh!

        Living near a restaurant that cooks jack fruit is really a lucky thing. And to think I was going to go today but got distracted....darn.

        I think technically Bharat Bazaar is gone replaced by Samosa House. It's the same (extended) family running the place with the addition of the kitchen and tables to the food store.

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        maggiemmw Jan 24, 2007 09:26 PM

        I didn't think the samosa was all that...

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          westsidegal Feb 4, 2007 12:46 PM

          then i'd recommend trying their other dishes. their jackfruit is fabulous.
          also, when you go, be sure to ask if they are serving their mango/banana soup. this is a savory soup that is incredible, and normally they don't put up a sign saying it's available--you have to ask.

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          sophieej Jan 24, 2007 09:52 PM

          I just drove by today, and nearly fainted with pleasure - being an Englishman in NY (whoops I'm a woman and in LA for over a decade) I've sought out Artesia, but my heart remains in Manchester, where I went to university, and the aray(sp!) of Hindu/Muslim delights there. Food is god for this chow..etc...I live a five minute drive from this place and want to know more, but as a somosa junkie, know that I shall be there the next morning. Thursday.

          1. westsidegal Feb 4, 2007 12:43 PM

            opps! my error. the delicious dish was LOTUS root, not lily root!

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              QualityMart Feb 4, 2007 03:42 PM

              This place is awesome. I've been there once but need to go back more often.

              Can you describe what lotus root is like? I don't think I've ever had it...

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                westsidegal Feb 4, 2007 07:57 PM

                it is sort of crunchy.
                i wish i could describe it better.
                maybe someone else on the board can have a go at it.

            2. liu Mar 11, 2007 02:03 PM

              With a tiny exception of some ground pomegranite spice that I purchased (too woody for my tastes or more likely that I wasn't using it properly; I think it was for slow-cooked wet food, and I was wanting to use it to kick-up my cottage cheese!), anyhow -- everything I have purchased at Samosa House has been of very fine quality and extremely tasty.

              This last time I was there, the owner took me by the hand around the store and pointed out her favorite shelf items, as well as the cooked dishes and desserts. Of course, I was very impressive (and hungry) and purchased everything she suggested. She directed me to some jarred chutneys and pickles, and also some papadums. Additionally, we tried many of the hot items...ALL delicious with wonderful spice tones, and I even tried some of the dessert squares. Having her by my side while I shopped was both fun and helpful, and next time -- knowing that there are no mistakes to be made -- I will go solo...maybe!

              One added hint: all of the cooked items were just as good microwaved the next night for dinner; no quality was lost. The owner did recommend that we oven toast the samosas, however, rather than microwave.

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