I live in Sleepy Hollow, and while out and about today, I stopped in at Westchester Groceries in Thornwood to pick a half-dozen samosas for lunch. I'd gotten a sampler of their available dishes earlier this week for my spice-sensitive wife and me to try (she approved all of them, so I'm cleared to make a delicious meal of it next time), but they had been out of samosas that evening, and I had a feeling a couple of samosas would just hit the spot today.
I arrived just as they were bringing the day's tandoori chicken out of the oven, and between the wood smoke (which tantalizingly stuck to me the whole drive home) and the spices in the air, it was all I could do to stick to my game plan, but I did. When I did eventually get them home, the samosas proved to be delicious, the filling rough-chopped and full of interesting texture and spice-popping as opposed to the more typical fine ground consistency, and the mint sauce was the perfect accompaniment.
But that's not what I'm writing about.
Before taking the samosas home, I stopped in at the local deli (Hudson Deli, 86 Beekman Ave in Sleepy Hollow) for my daily newspaper. A year ago, Hudson Deli was a pretty standard declining deli-turned-bodega, catering to the neighborhood's mostly central-American immigrant population, when it was taken over by an Indian gentleman who had been slowly renovating it, though maintaining pretty much the same product mix.
Today I was surprised -- and thrilled -- to find the air filled with aromas like those I had left behind in Thornwood!
It turns out that the new owner has begun (unannounced by any signage) a catering service for the Asian community in the area, and was in the process as I walked in of filling a chafing-dish-sized container with the most delicious-smelling biryani!
When I inquired about the potential availability of these foods to takeout customers, the owner directed my attention to the recently-installed (but still inoperative) steam table next to the lottery machine in the front of the store as evidence of their plans. So far, they haven't set a timetable to begin their new offerings, but I'll be checking in regularly and I'll keep folks posted of their progress. Of course, if you are in the neighborhood, feel free to stop in and offer them encouragement!