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LAKSHMI BAZAAR (West San Jose) prepared indian foods

psb | Apr 19, 201412:58 AM

Hey, has anybody been to this Indian Grocery in a small strip mall on MOORPARK just off LAWRENCE EXPY?

They have a number of North Indian dishes in the fridge in entree sized portions [about 1.25lbs] for $6.99veg/$7.99non veg.

The GOAT CURRY was really, really good and a very good deal for the amount of meat you get ... much more than any of the similarly priced "dive class" restaurants [Pakwan/Shalimar/Nan+Curry), and the "gravy" is quite good ... I've had more refined cooking at at say $13/entree places but unless I was looking for the white table cloth resto dining experience, this is a better option for me.

The BUTTER CHICKEN wasnt that good ... edible, but it gets old about half way through ... while when it came to get goat curry, I got up in the middle of the night, took it out of the fridge, reached into the container and ate some more standing there in the dark. I will be in the area on Monday and will probably buy 3 containers.

The BEGUN BHARTA was also quite good. Waaaaaay better than say LAHORE KARAHI. The ALOO-GOBI was decent ... let's call it third place among the stuff I tried, taste-wise. My Mom (Indian) liked it more than I did. But perhaps the least unhealthy item I bought (the cooking is a little oilier than home cooking, but not as oily as many of the desi restos). I talked her out of getting one of the OKRA/BHINDI items, but we probably should have tried one (often i've gotten over aged okra ... what is the term in english for an over aged vegetable ... not one that is slimy/rotten but kinda dried out? dessicated seems too fancy).

Per the three YELP reviews, the service is a bit surly, but who cares. It's just the cashier. Somewhat amusingly, it gets 2 starts on the Yelp.

The JILIPIS/JELABIS are better than what I've had from a number of restos. Although perhaps some of the sweet specialists are better.
The LADOOS are decent, but those are not a personal favorite.

The samosa were pretty good. I think a friend of the family brought over some previous that batch was better than the three I bought on this visit. Chutneys were ok.

They seem to offer prepared-on-demand chaat, but I didnt see a preparer, so I didnt bother with this.

I was rather surprised at the quantity of the veg/non-veg entrees they had on a Monday afternoon ... I wonder if a lot of Indian Professionals in the area just stop by after work for pickup food, rather than cooking.

But you must try the $7.99 GOAT (9/10 price performace), and EGGPLANT (8/10 price-perf).

I also recommend AVENTINUS EISBOCK beer.

Coconut Hill Indian Grocery,
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