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India Sweets and Spices, again!

Chowpatty | Apr 19, 200401:45 PM

We went to the new India Sweets and Spices on Los Feliz Blvd. for dinner Saturday. They're open until 9 at night, and word has gotten out, because there was quite a line to order. The owner said they're working on a menu with more English descriptions, for now you need to quiz the cashier and nearly all-Indian clientele for the difference between a dosa, paratha, etc. We had two combination plates -- a huge dinner for $4.99, hard to go wrong at that price. It came with vegetable curry (which changes every day), dal, raita, two kinds of bread, a potato samosa, chili pickles... For a dollar more, you get a lassi drink and a gulab jamon dessert. We also got a paneer (cheese) dosa which was like a wonderful freshly made crepe with a delicious tangy, cheesy, eggy mixture inside -- I don't know if there were actual eggs but the overall effect was that of a cheese omelette with herbs. It comes with an unusual coconut chutney and a bowl of something to dip it in, I guess. It wasn't very spicy but had a wonderful almost breakfast-like flavor. We also tried an onion paratha, which is similar to a chinese scallion pancake, very tasty as well. The vegetable curry was quite spicy and flavorful. They were out of kulfi (ice cream) but I had some very filling and sweet pistachio burfey which could be dangerously addictive. The three of us were stuffed for $20. Of course, it's on paper plates with fluorescent lighting -- maybe it's better to get it to go. Everything is available in bulk for catering.

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