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Little India - must try

I'm going to Little India on Sat to pick up groceries for my dinner on Sunday. I haven't been before. Are there things I "must try". Even if just to sample on the drive home after?
I'm interested in the food and in the Indian cooking utensils, etc.

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  1. try the bbq corn on the cob. they rub it with limes and sprinkle it with this awesome "secret" seasoning. sooo good

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    1. re: monkeyinthemiddle

      i think the secret ingredient is garam masala. at least that is how i was shown to make it and we do it all the time. it is the only way to have corn!

    2. Foot long kabbab & naan from Lahore Tikka House - an absolute must!

      1. If you go to Lahore Tikka House, you *must* get their mango drink. It's not quite a mango lassi, but even better and unbelievably delicious. Many stores also carry these frozen mango cream pops, which I believe are all natural and to die for. You might also think about visiting a sweets shop and getting a variety of goodies: I recommend gulab jamun, and I haven't met one I haven't liked in Little India.

        If you want a good sit down meal, I can't recommend Siddhartha (north side, just a block west of Coxwell) enough. Don't go for their buffet: it's good by buffet standards, but still a buffet. Their a la carte is superb.

        1. Take out an order each of channa masala and malai kofta from Moti Mahal.

          1. Pescatarian, I bought a lovely spice box there last time I went at one of the little groceries on the south side of Gerrard - it was round, stainless steel, and best of all, had a glass inner lid to ensure the spices' extra freshness. I think I paid $15 for it...and they sell the exact same thing at Ashley's for double that. If you do a lot of Indian cooking, it's really nice to have all of the spices in one place. That said, I am a kitchen geek, so that sort of stuff gets me giggling faster than anything else...

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            1. re: AmandaEd

              Thanks, AmandaEd, I actually plan to look for one of those tins. I also want to get one of those wire things that you put over your element to make parathas, rotis, etc.

              Thanks everyone for all the other suggestions. I'm definitely going to try the mango drink and maybe the corn. My friend is coming over on Sunday and he makes the best chana masala I've ever had, so I may pass on the that.
              Are the chutneys, etc. good at Lohore Tikka House? I may pick up some of those, if they are.

              1. re: pescatarian

                If they aren't commercially available, a good alternative for the wire rack is a small cooling rack bent out of shape so it fits over the element. That's what my mom always uses to make roti and it works perfectly. Just so you don't go on a wild goose chase...have fun!

                1. re: pescatarian

                  Get some Bhel Puri or other snack food (potato, crispy rice, chick peas, chutney etc - better than it sounds!), not sure of current recs for this, but it should be available at a few places.