Nine hounds met this Saturday afternoon at Punjabi By Nature in Lottes Plaza shopping center in Sterling. It was a good meal.
The restaurant is located on the far right side in the back of the grocery store next to some East Asian eateries. It is a moderately priced place (though not especially cheap considering the set-up) and is definitely casual and family friendly.
We ordered every chaat item on the menu and enjoyed a sampling of nicely seasoned, hot and tangy crispy crunchy chaat delights. All items were decent. We also tried the fresh, crisply fried potato samosas.
I most enjoyed the pao bhaji (pan seared buttered bun served with spicy vegetable-potato mash).
We also tried the goat curry with garlic naan. The goat curry is a weekend specialty. It was hot but not overly fiery, and tasted good. It was basically bone in goat served in a tomato based masala gravy.
The star of the meal were the parathas, a Punjabi By Nature signature menu item. These tasted like Indo-Pak street stall Punjabi parathas. We tried the potato-onion as well as the egg stuffing. The fried egg paratha was exceptionally good, and I have never seen this on a US Indian menu---this is exclusive street-food fare, so it was a great treat to have them and have them well made. The parathas came with in-house carrot achaar, raita, and an extra pat of butter.
I'd go back just for the parathas, if not for a chaat fix.
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