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Aug 5, 2011 01:36 AM

Rajasthani food in Artesia (or anywhere else, really)?

Does anyone know where to find a Rajasthani restaurant anywhere in Artesia or elsewhere in LA? I had a delicious dinner at Udupi Palace today, and it made me think of my trip last spring to India and how very much I miss the food I had in Jaipur. Those flavors, those spices--there's nothing like it. A Chowhound search says that Rajdhani in Artesia occasionally has one Rajasthani dish or so, but I'd love to find a restaurant devoted to the wonderful cuisine.

18525 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

Udupi Palace
18635 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

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  1. I highly doubt you will find anything. Even in Rajasthan, you'll only really get authentic Rajasthani food in someone's house, not in a restaurant. What kind of dishes are you missing? You could easily make something at home.

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    1. re: Muchlove

      I agree. Not much Rajasthani food in Artesia. I strongly recommend buying Raghavan Iyer's 660 Curries.

    2. Thanks--we'll have to try out the cookbook. We only ate in restaurants in Rajasthan (alas!). Two of the dishes we can't stop thinking about are the reshmi kebab we had in Jaipur and the samosas we had at a hole-in-the-wall whose name I can't remember.

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      1. re: carbonara

        Okay... it you want to take a Reshmi Kebab tour, you'll need to his Shan, Mehfil, and possibly the Tangy Tomato in Artesia. In West LA Jaipur, Nizam, and Gate of India have it on the menu as well. Never tried any of them personally (I'm vegetarian) , so I can't speak to authenticity or quality... I just have an epic collection of Indian menus at hand here.

        Shan Restaurant
        18621 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

        Tangy Tomato
        11454 South St, Cerritos, CA 90703

        Gate of India
        7300 W Sunset Blvd Ste D, Los Angeles, CA 90046

        1. re: carbonara

          Samosas are available all over North India and are not particularly Rajasthani. I'm vegetarian so cannot speak with authority on the reshmi kebab but I think they may be a Moghlai dish. So these are not really Rajasthani dishes and you should be able to try mediocre versions in many restaurants (maybe you'll find some good ones too) in America and you can make potentially very good versions at home.

          1. re: Muchlove

            To be fair, Samosas are regional. The OP may be looking for a particular filling, or spice blend, that marks the samosas as Rajasthani... also... Mughlai cuisine doesn't really correlate with a particular region. Many folks particularly associate it with Punjab, which borders Rajasthan... so that's another possibility.

            If I were in this predicament I'd probably be sampling North Indian Kebabs from around town in the hopes of hiting something similar.

            1. re: Moomin

              Of course there are regional variations. I was merely pointing out that the OP may not be craving particularly Rajasthani dishes, which from their prospective is a good thing in this case because more common foods may be easier to get.

              Personally, I feel that if you know what flavour you are after, cooking at home is the way to go. More likely to be able to get the right result after some practice whereas if the OP just searches for the particular experience they want in restaurants, they may be disappointed for a long time!

              1. re: Muchlove

                Well, I generally dislike samosas (and have had who knows how many). The ones we had in that one hole-in-the-wall in Rajasthan were weirdly, uniquely delicious. Something about the complexity of the spices. I'm not much of a cook, though I can try. Alas!

                1. re: carbonara

                  Can you identify any of the ingredients in the filling? Vegetables, spices, anything? That way at least you have something to go on.

                  Samosas are not difficult to make and are very satisfying to eat :)