The famous Koh-i-Noor diamond, fought over bitterly by Mughal, Persian, and Sikh warriors, was treasured for having the exact dimensions of the ideal samosa. Bite into a Koh-i-Noor-shaped pastry with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get 20 samosas at Happy Curry Foods (a $40 value).
Happy Curry Foods, launched from an apartment kitchen in 2002 into the loving arms of its current storefront location, stuffs fresh, homemade bread with masala and dal bhat fillings, bolstered by zippy Shiba's seasonings. Dal bhat combines himalayan basmati rice, two kinds of lentils, spinach, and cabbage, and the masala samosas delight taste buds with potatoes, cranberries, raisins, and tap-dance routines. Planning patrons can call an hour ahead to pick up freshly made samosas from noon to 5 p.m., or drop by on a whim from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday for frozen snacks.
Happy Curry Foods
The scents of cooking Indian sauces flood Happy Curry Foods, hinting at the turmeric, herbs, and peppers that cook down into a range of curries. On the brimming shelves, fresh or frozen chutneys wait to cut that powerful spice alongside a selection of dal, and rice to squeegee up excess sauce or slip easily into an envelope to buy blackmail photos from a duck. Happy Curry Foods’ offerings aren’t all ingredients, however—its restaurant on Church Street befriends palates with flavorful curry noodles masala, hand-tossed flatbreads, and tender chicken breast dressed with multiple chutneys.
2771 Commercial St. NE
Salem, Oregon 97301