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Good vegetarian-Indian on Westside?

antob Feb 23, 2008 11:13 AM

Any suggestions?
My wife is raw vegetarian, I'll eat anything.

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    sel Feb 23, 2008 11:42 AM

    Samosa House has very tasty food but what do you mean by "...raw veg..." cause most Indian veg food is cooked?

    Samosa House
    11510 W Washington Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA (at Mc Laughlin, just south of I-10, Culver City area)

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      DeLobster Feb 23, 2008 11:52 AM

      Samosa House is good, but tends to be extremely salty, over-spiced, and they put canned kidney beans in their dal, which is a real bummer. The Jackfruit dish and the spinach-cheese dish are pretty good, but salty...I prefer Anapurna at Motor and Venice on the East side of the street, across from Versailles...I usually get the veggie platter for $8 and it's tons of very tasty food...

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      1. re: DeLobster
        Moomin Feb 23, 2008 05:56 PM

        Wow. Couldn't disagree more. Annapurna tends to strike me as greasy, and flavorless for South Indian. When I want something in that vein I make the drive out for Jay Bharat or Woodlands in Artesia.

        Samosa House, on the other hand, is one of the great pleasures on the Westside. I generally love the steam table options, and the samosas are just plain brilliant. Mind you, I'm a great advocate of getting their food to go... eating in the market is pretty uncomfortable.

        None of which speaks to the raw issue. As far as I know there is no such thing as raw indian... if only because to achieve the correct flavors the spices themselves need to be toasted before being used.

        1. re: Moomin
          westsidegal Feb 23, 2008 11:36 PM

          i completely concur with moomin--
          i LOVE samosa house, and felt that the food at anapurna was too bland/greasy for my tastes.

          normally their dal does not contain kidney beans.

          be sure to ask them if they are serving their delicious banana, mango, pistachio soup when you go there. it is terrific.

      2. Fresser Feb 23, 2008 06:50 PM

        Chandni on Wilshire around 18th in Santa Monica. Excellent veggie fare.

        1. westsidegal Feb 23, 2008 11:37 PM

          there is not much served at most indian restaurants for a raw vegetarian to eat.

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            bulavinaka Feb 24, 2008 07:21 AM

            Samosa House is a very good local Westside vegetarian option as others have mentioned but for raw, I don't know if Indian cuisine is there. My assumption is that given the cultures and climate of India, raw would not be a practical or safe consideration back in its mother country. This would lead me to guess that raw dishes in Indian cuisine are few and far between. But you do have a raw vegan option just four blocks to the west of Samosa House - Leaf - that people seem to feel strongly about either way. I've tried to like it a few times but found it not for me. My sister is an organic vegan who tried Leaf and didn't care for it either. But they do seem to stay busy - if that is any sign of devotion and turnover.

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              HeavyCream Feb 24, 2008 09:39 AM

              I agree with everyone! The samosas and naan bread at Samosa House are fantastic, but they tend to over-salt and over-spice everything. I am always dehydrated after a meal there. Anapurna is also a good value for what you get, but can be bland, compared to India Sweets and Spice at Venice and Main (?) in Culver City, which is very tasty, but very greasy. Don't forget Hurry Curry in Marina Del Rey on Venice and about Beethoven (also very tasty).

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              1. re: HeavyCream
                westsidegal Feb 24, 2008 09:48 AM

                sorry to disagree with your assessment of hurry curry.
                they never properly prepare their spices (i.e. roast each spice separately to the correct degree), their food is very 'americanized' (bland), it is, though, very cheap.
                imho, the lowest common denominator.

                1. re: westsidegal
                  famima Feb 24, 2008 10:05 AM

                  yes, hurry curry is more japanese style curry. I'm not a big fan of their curry. I really liked Dhaba on Main St. It tastes really home cooked.

                  1. re: famima
                    Servorg Feb 25, 2008 08:18 AM

                    The Hurry Curry that is being discussed is the one on Venice Blvd. at Beethoven St. in Mar Vista and is an Indian restaurant.

                    The other Hurry Curry place on Sawtelle over near Olympic Blvd. in WLA is a Japanese curry place, but I don't think the two restaurants have anything to do with each other.

                    Definitely confusing as they have the same name, but food from two distinctly different areas of the world.

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