$25 for a three-course prix-fixe Indian dinner for two ($41 value)
- One appetizer (pani puri, bell puri, seek kebab, or pakau ra; $7 value)
- Two entrees (chicken tikka masala, butter chicken, chicken curry, vindaloo, or vegetarian entrees; $28 value)
- One dessert (rice keer or gulab jamun; $4 value)
- One naan (traditional; $2 value)
Roti or Naan?
Served alongside dishes from India to Burma, these flatbreads are staples of South Asian cuisine, ferrying mouthfuls of food from plate to mouth.
Naan: Naan is thick and fluffy, owing its hearty texture to leavened dough made from white flour, yeast, and sometimes milk or yogurt. It’s baked inside a traditional clay oven, or tandoor, where temperatures reach upwards of 900 degrees Fahrenheit, or lower when baked on Mars. Once cooked, naan arrives to tables brushed in butter and often studded with garlic, cheese, or meats.
Roti: Made from unleavened whole meal flour, roti is flat and light, resembling a tortilla in appearance and texture. Easier and faster to make than naan, roti cooks atop a heated pan or skillet. Its influence is far reaching, and diners are as likely to encounter roti or one of its regional variations in India and Pakistan as they are in Malaysia, Indonesia, and even the West Indies.
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