Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Punjabi Dhaba in Inman Square

Here's what the perfect Sunday evening looks like:

Although I love cooking a big, homemade meal on a Sunday, sometimes take-out is just as comforting. Especially after a few hours of football and cleaning. And if it's a rainy Sunday? I crave warm, spicy, satisfying food - and Indian food is one of my favorite cuisines to fill this craving. 

Punjabi Dhaba in Inman Square is also one of my favorite local Indian restaurants for take-out (there are only a few small tables inside). Although they do not deliver - and they only accept cash - their food is worth finding parking (and dollar bills) for. On this particular Sunday evening, I went with the Malai Kofta Lajawab ($9.95), vegetable balls cooked in a tomato sauce with nuts and raisins.

The sauce was silky, obviously fresh, and packed with warm spices. The vegetable balls were also perfectly cooked, and scooped up with some warm naan and basmati rice? Borderline heaven.

To share, Z and I also ordered some Onion Paratha ($2.95) and dipping sauces: Fresh Mint Chutney and Raita ($1.25 each).

The warm paratha with the soft, well-seasoned onions paired beautifully with the fresh chutney and Raita (I also dipped just about everything else on my plate into these sauces).

If you're looking for an authentic, comforting Indian meal to enjoy at home - without doing any of the cooking - I highly suggest picking up some food at Punjabi Dhaba. Just remember to bring cash!

Are you a fan of Indian food? What's your favorite place for it?

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  1. I only started liking Indian food a few years ago and I still don't eat it very often, but I agree that it is perfect for cold rainy nights in!

  2. I really enjoy Indian food, this looks so good.

  3. My bf and I stopped in here for a samosa snack just a few weeks ago and have been meaning to go back for a real meal. Looks great!

  4. I love Indian food and takeout on a cold rainy night is the best. This meal looks awesome!


  5. I love indian food too, but I stick to a few of the simple chicken dishes. I haven't tried this place, but I really want to go. I like a place that is in Cambridge, on Mass Ave between Central and Harvard Squares, near Dana Street. The buffet is awesome!