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Punjabi Haandi -&- why is NY Indian food so bland?

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Punjabi Haandi -&- why is NY Indian food so bland?

Potatosnob | Feb 6, 2006 10:24 PM

Tonight I ate at the new Punjabi Haandi that opened last month at Queens Blvd & 40th St. Had the aloo gobi, my fav Indian dish I've had at at least a dozen different Indian restaurants, although never in NY. Am I mistaken in believing that aloo gobi is meant to be spicy? I wasn't asked whether I wanted it spicy or mild, but it was one of the blandest dishes I've ever had. Not only that, I could have sworn it was cooked in some sort of tomato sauce and if I closed my eyes I could have been eating in an Italian restaurant. I have to ask, having now tried a few different Indian eateries in NY, why is Indian food here so bland? If any of you are familiar with the Indian eateries that line Devon Ave in Chicago, there is no choice of bland/mild/spicy at such places. When you eat Indian in Chicago, you will be eating INDIAN!! That means that if you find the food spicy, well you'll be sweating through your meal. And if you're smart enough, or the proprieter is kind enough, you'll get some raita on the side to cool down your palate. I continue to be disappointed in the food I've encountered in NY, whether it's my still as yet unsatisfied search for a brunch that matches those back home or my shock that I can't walk into a decent looking Indian restaurant and find Indian food!

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