Friday, December 12, 2008

Review: Ekta

I could eat Indian food every day, especially if it’s made by the chefs at Ekta. This Girard avenue spot run by a former chef at Tiffin makes quality food at great prices, and they deliver far and wide. 
P and I ordered delivery over the weekend, and were happy when the 1 and a half hour estimated wait took only 40 minutes. Our Samosa Chat, Saag Panner and Chicken Tikka Masala were accompanied by fluffly, buttery rice, raita, mint sauce and free Kheer for dessert.


The Samosa Chat is described as Samosa topped with chickpeas, tamarind, and yogurt. I’d never heard of this before but it sounded tasty. That’s what I put on my Samosas anyhow, so why not? When it arrived it looked like the Indian version of seven layer dip. It was also cold, so I assumed that was the temperature it sould be eaten at. It was mighty tasty (both cold and warmed up), with crispy bits of samosa slathered in the smoky tang of tamarind and the coolness of raita.

Saag Panneer is quickly becoming my gold standard dish by which all Indian restaurants are tested. Theirs in creamy and gingery, with bit of spice. Plenty of spinach and nice, tender-firm chunks of paneer.

Chicken Tikka Masala was also excellent. A slightly creamy, complexly spiced sauce with lots of tender chicken. In both entrees, Ekta was generous in the amount of protein added- sometimes there are only 4 or 5 chunks of chicken floating in all that (albeit delicious) sauce.

2 entrees and an appetizer (we had naan in the freezer) came to $23 dollars. Plenty of food for dinner and 2 lunches. Cheaper, in fact, then the bad Chinese we ordered last week, and miles tastier. The only complaint I have is that we’ve eaten it all.

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