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Frozen Indian Dinner

Friday, January 20th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Most of you who know me know that I love Indian food. In San Francisco, Jen and I were fortunate enough to live a block from the most excellent Naan ‘n Curry (Inner Sunset edition) — damn good and damn cheap. The two of us could go there for dinner, bring our own beer, and walk out full after a delicious $13 meal. All while rocking out to the smooth beats of Indian techno. I miss that place.

Here in Saratoga Springs, we’re lucky enough (for the time being) to have two Indian food restaurants: Haweli and Little India. However, come the end of January, Little India is moving off Broadway and into Haweli, so at least we’ll have one Indian food place left in town (the good news is that it’s not a chain taking over the storefront at 423 Broadway; it’s going to be a new restaurant courtesy of the local couple who runs Social Gourmets).


So what is one to do when one craves Indian food at home but doesn’t have the four hours or more it takes to make the samosas and other treats from scratch?

Enter the frozen Indian dinner, courtesy of the geniuses at Deep Foods, Inc. From the 9 Samosa offering to Palak Paneer to my personal favorite, the Kofta Curry, you can’t go wrong with these frozen Indian delights. And they’re ready in no time.

The directions on the box will tell you to put the plastic tray right in the oven. I tried this the first time, but it didn’t work so well. The only dish that turns out nicely in the oven is the 9 Samosa, but put ’em on a cookie sheet first. Everything else cooks best in the microwave.

Now if only they could figure out a way to offer frozen naan.

(Thanks to Anne and Tom for turning us on to these awesome frozen meals.)

In other news, great news this morning for the burgeoning Beekman Arts District on the West Side here in Saratoga Springs:

Project to boost West Side:

The area around Beekman Street is likely to see continued growth as the city’s arts district with the reconstruction of the house at 142 Grand Ave. as a three-story, mixed-use building with a sculpture gallery on the second floor.

The plans call for third-floor offices and a restaurant on the first floor with some seasonal outdoor seating in the alleyway that will be created next to the building.

Tags: food

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  • 1 J // Jan 20, 2006 at 8:12 pm

    Frozen naan exists and it’s delicious. Here in NY City even the mainstream supermarkets carry it. My favorite is the frozen garlic Naan. Even Trader Joe’s has it’s own store brand version. More than one company makes it so be sure to look around.