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Mar 27, 2010 06:42 AM

Searching for favorites from defunct Indian restaurants

I recently went running to Masala Art in Tenleytown because I read that they had two dishes that I hadn't had in years, that used to be my favorites at two different long-gone Indian places. Of course, they weren't exactly the same, and you'd think the disappointment would teach me a lesson.

But no! It just made me think that maybe I wasn't looking hard enough - like, I had never even asked on Chowhound!

One dish is spinach with corn. Kind of like palak paneer but with corn instead of cheese, and less creamy than palak paneer usually is. We used to have at a place on University Blvd that I can't remember the name of - it was just after Riggs Rd heading towards the university. (If anyone can remember the name of this place, that alone will be worth having made this post - it's driving me nuts.)

The other is fritters/dumplings in a yellow curry sauce. We ate it constantly at Siddartha, which was a hole in the wall vegetarian place in Silver Spring. They basically put pakoras in this yellow tart sauce. They also used the same sauce for cauliflower.

If anyone knows other places that have these dishes, I will go running to those too. I have frequented a lot of Indian restaurants in various cities and somehow have not encountered them except at Masala Art and the two late lamented establishments.

Masala Art
4441 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, MD 20016

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  1. Was that place on Univ. Blvd. calld Udupi Palace?

    Re: fritters/dumplings in yellow curry sauce
    I have seen what you described at Kabob n' Karahi, offered as a special on Tuesdays and Thursdays -

    I have also seen them on the buffet table at Punjab Dhaba in Falls Church, but I haven't been there in a couple of years.

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    1. re: comestibles

      No, Udupi Palace is still there, isn't it?

      The name was one word. Two or three syllables. The letter 'a' and possibly 's' were in it... it's driving me nuts.

      Udupi Palace - Closed
      1329 University Blvd E, Takoma Park, MD 20912

      1. re: wombat

        Udupi Palace is gone; it has merged with its sister restaurant Tiffin.

    2. Spinach with corn - if you mean palak makai, the websites for Heritage India in Georgetown and Passage to India in Bethesda have that dish listed.

      Heritage India
      2400 Wisconsin Ave NW Ste A, Washington, DC 20007

      Passage to India
      4931 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

      1. Oh and also - the yellow sauce was made with yogurt.

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        1. re: wombat

          The yellow sauce may be korma. A malai kofta korma sounds like it could be your dish. It would be minced vegetable croquettes deep fried and smothered in this yellow sauce. This is awesome when done well. I think I've had something similar at Aatish on the Hill.

          Here is a pic:

          1. re: wombat

            That sauce is called "Kadhi" and the dish is called "kadhi pakora", pakora refers to those fritters in the sauce. The best in this region is at Rasoi of India in Centreville.