+
Restaurants & Bars

Niralla Sweets, Springfield VA

Steve | Jun 3, 200602:57 PM     4

Niralla Sweets is a typical Indian Sweets and Snacks shop located in the truly multi-ethnic Brookfield Shopping Plaza. What a hoot this old, old shopping center appears to be. And what pleasures await the intrepid Chowhound?

Well, I don't know after eating at Niralla. This was a depressing experience, further mocking my chase to find great bhel puri in the Washington area. I started with a variety of pakori: all rubbery and flavorless, save for the truly hot pepper.

Next was the trio of Indian snacks: chat papri, bhel puri, and dahi bhalla. The dahi bhalla was the worst of the lot. Inedible. Dense, dry, crumbly. All three were huge portions, but actually very little of the main ingredient: they were each buried under a thick mound of sweet yogurt sauce mixed with chopped potato, bland tomato, and chickpea. Too sweet, too gloppy, and the yogurt did not have that bright and sour flavor of fresh well-made dairy. Each plate was a hideous mess.

I didn't try the sweets, all halwa, but I knew for certain that I made the worst choice in the Plaza, by default.

Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›

More from Chowhound

The 7 Best Baking Ingredients to Buy from the Grocery Store, According to Pastry Chefs
Food News

The 7 Best Baking Ingredients to Buy from the Grocery Store, According to Pastry Chefs

by Alli Hoff Kosik | When it comes to the best baking ingredients, they're not necessarily expensive or hard to find—or...

13 Essential Apple Recipes for Fall
Recipe Round-Ups

13 Essential Apple Recipes for Fall

by Chowhound Editors | There are so many things to love about autumn rolling around again, especially apple season. Make...

The Ultimate 'Farewell Summer, Hello Fall' Food Guide
Recipe Round-Ups

The Ultimate 'Farewell Summer, Hello Fall' Food Guide

by Chowhound Editors | Early fall recipes can overlap a lot with late summer dishes; it's a transitional time period, and...

Ring in Fall with a Bowl of Creamy, Bacon-Studded Butter Beans
Food News

Ring in Fall with a Bowl of Creamy, Bacon-Studded Butter Beans

by Amy Schulman | Plucking a cookbook off the shelf is easy. But pulling one that’s guaranteed to bear a recipe that...

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.