Rajasthani food in Artesia (or anywhere else, really)?
- carbonara Aug 5, 2011 01:36 AM
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
18635 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701
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.
18621 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701
11454 South St, Cerritos, CA 90703
Gate of India
7300 W Sunset Blvd Ste D, Los Angeles, CA 90046
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.
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.
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!