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Delhi Palace veg thali, falooda, Tandoor grill
March 17, 2011, 10:16 am
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A former co-worker of mine goes to Jackson Heights to do grocery shopping in Indiatown every few weeks, and when I’m lucky, I get invited to tag along. These trips to Jackson Heights are a joy for me because they always result in two things: a full refrigerator and a full belly. After we pick up a few essentials (giant bags of spices, frozen paratha and samosas, etc.), we like to grab a bite at Delhi Palace. They start you off with some crispy pappadam and a chutney trio: pickled onions, cilantro, and sweet tamarind.

The vegetarian thali (a thali is an assortment of several dishes usually served in small bowls on a tray) is $13.95, and you end up with more food than you can actually know what to do with. At Delhi Palace, it’s chef’s choice, so whatever they have on hand that day. Usually, it includes three chef’s choice vegetable curries or roasted vegetables, dal, raita, papad and pickle served with rice, naan/poori, choice of dessert. Pictured below is the dal and the roasted cauliflower. Not much to look at, but quite tasty.

We also ordered the Tandoori Special ($17.95) which is definitely enough meat to feed three people comfortably. There’s Tandoori chicken, chicken tikka, seekh kabab, bihari kabab, Tandoori shrimp, and it’s served with navaratthan korma, dal, rice, naan, choice of dessert.

Sorry for the crappy shot. Couldn’t get anything better because the plate comes out sizzling and steaming.

One of the reasons we always go to Delhi Palace instead of going to any of the other establishments around the neighborhood is because Delhi Palace has the bomb falooda.

Falooda ($4.50) is a rose milk drink made with tukmaria, rice vermicelli, and rose ice cream. The fish egg-looking things are actually tukmaria, or soaked and expanded basil seeds. It is a really interesting dessert drink, this sort of floral milkshake, and definitely worth the visit to DP.

Eat: Delhi Palace (Jackson Heights, Queens) 3733 74th St. (1.5 blocks north of 74th St-Roosevelt Ave. subway station – 7, E, F, V, G, R – Queens, NY 11372. (718) 507-0666.


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