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Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is fast approaching, and Bombay 2 Deli in Northeast Minneapolis is rolling out a special festival spread to celebrate. Features include an eight vegetable curry they make only once a year because it is so labor intensive. Rachema is frazzled but still smiling as usual, despite being up at 5am all week making over 20 types of sweets for the occasion. Stop by to enjoy the goodness on Saturday, November 10.

(Diwali starts on the 9th and lasts for five days, but their special meal is on Saturday.)

Maybe someone can add the places link? I don't know how to do that.

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  1. Here's the places link. I'm always happy to try to send some business her way.

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    Bombay 2 Deli [Closed - May Reopen in Different Place]
    1840 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this info! I was wondering what to do for Diwali. This is definitely it.

      Thanks!
      Anne

      P.S. I'm culturally clueless, so I didn't know Diwali was coming up until my sister and I had a long support call with a delightful computer person in India - we discussed Thanksgiving and Diwali traditions while waiting for software to load. I think I'll set off some fireworks, too (but I'm not getting up at 4:00 am to do it!)

      1. Holy cow! (hehe)

        This is awesome. We'll be there!

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        1. re: Foureyes137

          The curry was amazing as was the cream of wheat pudding. DH had to add some pickle to make it as spicy as he likes it, but I thought it was well-balanced before. I also dig their cumin rice, even though I'm usually a cumin hater of the first degree. Rahesha's barfi were excellent, although she swears that she and her SiL won't be making _that_ again themselves - too labor intensive. Mango and pistachio were our favorites, though I miss seeing the ornamental silver on the confection. Hers are made the slow way, with just milk, rather than ricotta and milk, the hurry up way.

          TK

        2. We were also super pleased. We asked Rachema to just give us the works and she obliged. The sweet pea curry was outstanding as was the special with sweet potatoes and of course the samosas and chickpea curry were outstanding as usual.

          Not only that, Rachema remembered that I like extra mango pickle and pepper pickle and added them to the order without us even having to ask. A total neighborhood gem.

          1. What a wonderful meal! We had all three curries - I especially loved the fenugreek-pea curry - and the samosa chaat, which was fabulous!

            If you missed the special Diwali curry, don't fret. The other curries are just as wonderful, and the weekends-only samosa chaat is worth a drive in from Wisconsin. They chop up a samosa (which is excellent on its own), then cover it with chickpea curry, onions, yogurt, cilantro chutney, and some sort of crunchy noodle. What a lovely taste sensation! I'll be back next weekend for more.

            Thanks again, jbanana, for the Diwali tip!

            Anne

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            1. re: AnneInMpls

              Oh, and we had several sweets - barfi etc. - that were FABULOUS! The nice man in the grocery store let us taste samples, and we bought each one that we tasted.

              The round yellow "cookies" were my favorite - very rich and sweet and milky. The orange chickpea ball was very tasty, and the cashew barfi was unusual (for me, anyway) and delicious.

              I think I'll go back on Wednesday to see if there are any sweets left, since Rachema says she won't be doing these next year. (And I'll start my begging and compliments now, in the hopes of changing her mind.)

              Anne

              1. re: AnneInMpls

                You are so welcome. My sweethound and I didn't get over to Bombay 2 until about 8pm - it was just one of those days, and I wasn't even thinking what time they might close (or that maybe she might want to celebrate...). The door was locked and the entire family was milling around, dressed to the nines. The tables were all pushed together, and obviously everyone was about to sit down for dinner. R motioned for her sister to let us in and we sheepishly obliged. Bless her heart, R offered asked if we wanted to join them. We declined, not wanting to intrude, and she packed us some food to go. I think we must have been to late for some of the specials (I am lamenting the fenugreek pea curry...) but she gave us some samples of the cream of wheat dish, whose name I forget, and a paneer and pepper dish that had a Chinese influence. Everything was a delight. Oh, I just love that place.