Monday, April 28, 2008

Sha-na-na-na-naan








I have been to two Indian restaurant lunch buffets in the last week, and really, I could go every day.


The first one was at Temptations, on Washtenaw in Ypsi. The top picture is of Christi's artfully arranged plate at Temptations.


Here's what Temptations had at their buffet:


Onion Bhajii (spiced fried onion rings),


Vegetable pakoras,


Tandoori Chicken


Murg Makhani (butter chicken)


Vegetable Chettinadu


Channa Masala


lemon rice and plain basmati rice


and, naan


Also, a few assorted types of chutney, and rice pudding


All-you-can-eat, for about $8.50. Everything was good, although the Vegetable chettinadu was clearly made of frozen mixed vegetables. And the health inspector came in and stuck a thermometer in various dishes, which was mildly disconcerting, although everthing must have been ok, because we did not have any ill effects afterward. Except wanting to take a nap.


Then, I went to Raja Rani, on the corner of Division and William, in Ann Arbor. The second picture down is my plate, and the third down is Nick's. Also for about $8.50, and also all ya can eat, when I went they had:


Vegetable pakoras


Tandoori chicken


Chicken Tikka masala


Chicken Makhni


Palak paneer (spinach with cheese cubes)


Pakora curry (vegatable dumplings cooked in yogurt)


Mushroom mataar



Channa chatt (spicy, fresh, cold chickpea salad/relish)


carrot halwa, rice pudding


naan


best chai ever


MMMMmmmmm. Everything was absolutely delicious. I can't even pick a favorite, but the the
pakora curry and channa chatt were new to me and soo good. And I could drink that chai all day. The buffet is the way to go, because you can try so many things. I'm not sure if they have it on weekends, but I'll find out. I grabbed a menu, and regular entrees range from 8 bucks for all vegetarian entrees to 12.50 for Tandoori shrimp. The menu is not as extensive as Temptations, but judging the buffet choices only, Raja Rani gets the edge. I'll have to go back to Temptations before I can do a more thorough analysis.

When I got back from Temptations, I made naan (bottom pic). My dear friend Christi hipped me to this recipe. I am too lazy to type it, but you can find it at allrecipes.com. Just type in "naan". The recipe I used is the one submitted by "mic". It is good and easy, and makes about 30 (smallish) pieces of naan! This led to some unorthodox naan uses, including naan with jam, and naan-dogs. And Jules learned a new word.


3 comments:

Mary said...

Laura--I happen to know that you went to Raja Rani for the first time when you were six years old. You and your friend Sarah were wearing your red Mexican dresses. We sat in a big booth and you both behaved very well, politely using your cloth napkins to wipe the sauce off before you took each bite of food.

Sarah said...

I totally remember that, Mary!

laura said...

Me too