Fresh Indian, South to North, in Queens

Bright, complex South Indian flavors are getting Chowhounds’ attention at Southern Spice in Flushing.

Kodi rasam, a beautifully spiced chicken soup, is spectacular, jntnmlr reports. He also recommends pappu kooraku, a spinach-lentil mash; nilgiri kurmam, a goat curry flavored with coconut and mint; and chapa pulusu, a kingfish curry that gets a citrusy lift from tamarind. Other winners include spicy fried Chicken 65; Chettinadu mutton curry; and the house specialty, Hyderabadi-style biryani, says mushimushi427.

Feel free to bring in beer from the deli across the street, and don’t expect fancy surroundings. “There is nothing hip or happening here but the food,” jntnmlr writes.

There’s more Indian news way out in Bellerose, where Sohna, a Punjabi place in Richmond Hill, has opened a second restaurant. Our first report is encouraging. momoftwins likes the breads (onion kulcha, garlic naan), lamb vindaloo, saag paneer (cheese in spinach sauce), and unusually well-executed vegetable pakoras: “much better than some of the heavy fried appetizers I’ve had at other places.”

Southern Spice [Flushing]
143-06 45th Avenue (between Bowne and Smart streets), Flushing, Queens
718-359-3486

Sohna [Bellerose]
248-03 Union Turnpike (near 248th Street), Bellerose, Queens
718-470-9400

Board Links: Great Indian Queens
Indian in Bellrose Queens–Sohna Punjab

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