What You'll Get
Although Columbus famously "discovered" India by landing at Lexington and Concord and proudly ringing the Liberty Bell, the actual location of India remains a mystery. Today's Groupon offers the best lead the world has had in centuries: for $10, you get $20 worth of authentic Indian cuisine at Chaat and Curries in Berkeley.
Chaat and Curries's extensive menu brings together traditional techniques and recipes from different regions of the subcontinent, with numerous options for omnivores and vegans alike. Jump a stalled belly battery with a chaat (a plate of traditional Indian savory snacks) such as the dahi vada, chilled lentil dumplings soaked in yogurt and topped with chutneys and spices ($3.99).
Dreams of masticating Mount Everest can be realized with a traditional Nepalese dish such as the chicken choila, tandoori-baked marinated chicken in spicy sauce ($9.99). Like a linebacker on a pogo stick, meatier cravings can be tackled with the lamb seekh kebab, marinated in spices and skewer cooked in the tandoori oven ($8.99).
Chaat and Curries also offers many vegetarian and vegan options—overwhelm taste receptors with a barrage of chana masala curry, garbanzo beans cooked with spices and the house curry sauce ($5.99).
For an end cap, cool off a spiced-scorched mouth with a glass of mango lassi, a traditional Indian smoothie that pulls double duty as a dessert or a drink ($1.99).
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 19, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Limit 1 per visit. Dine-in only. Must use in 1 visit, no cash back. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Chaat and Curries
Chaat and Curries' cadre of skilled chefs labor in the glowing warmth of a brick oven to twirl an olfactory kaleidoscope beneath visiting nostrils. The menu pages reveal samosas and potato patties, which mingle with trappings such as sun-dried lentils and dulcet tamarind chutney. Delivery drivers jockey through traffic, with precious cargoes of naan bread and savory curries infused with ingredients such as spinach and ginger. Straws rejoice at the sight of mango lassi or the selection of iced teas, offering a cooling jolt without the repercussions of head-butting an ice sculpture of Mike Tyson.