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new vegetarian in Jackson Hts: Maharaja

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new vegetarian in Jackson Hts: Maharaja

wray | Sep 25, 2001 12:50 AM

I just made my first visit, but so far so good. I had dosa which was very crisp and begara baigan chat. The chat features fried eggplant. When I was told that I imagined some battered eggplant which I hoped would be recent fried and not sitting for hours under the heat lamp. Instead, the eggplant had been fried without batter. 3/8 to half inch slice, the skin a bit crisp, the pulp very soft. The eggplant was cool topped with chopped tomato and onion, some firm but completely cooked small dark legume (probably black lentil), and lots of short thin curly crisps. Actually, if I didn't try to rely on my failing short term memory I could tell you the name of the crisp, since the bins at the chat prep area at the front of the shop have labels on most all the choices.

They had a little bit of yoghurt sauce with generous amount of refreshing green and tamarind sauces. Although the eggplant was fried there was NO taste of oil, so either the oil was very fresh or they marinated the eggplant or something.

The filling for the dosa (I chose the one called masala) was very good, asuming you like roast cumin flavor, with potato, carrot, onion and nuts. The nuts were crunchy. The crepe was very very thin and crisp. The sambar was flavorful, not just hot.

My only disappointment was that the masala tea was weakly spiced, although the milk was freshly scalded.

The front of the place features sweets, in fact they bill themself as sweet and snacks. I just ate one of 4 choices I brought home. It had a 3/4 inch "fudge" of some green vegetable covered with 3/8 inch of the usual milk fudge. I asked what the vegetable was, but after making the poor waitress repeat 3 times I pretended I understood. Combination of her soft voice and my unfamiliarity with the name. Having eaten it, I am no closer to knowing, except perhaps eliminating greens which was my first guess. For breakfast I will have a similar one made from carrot which I have had before.

73-10 37th ave. 10am-10pm

There is little that is startling different on their menu, but after the nice crunch of the nuts in the dosa filling, I am curious to try their navratthan korma which usually has nuts.

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