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The veggie options at Tawa's Nepali Hut rock

CitySpoonful | Oct 25, 201110:01 PM

I've seen reviews raving about Tawa's chicken momos ( and other meat options. Well, the veggie options at this homey Indian/Nepali joint are equally awesome.

We tried the aloo (potato) kati roll and an order of veggie momos with daikon pickle. The potato was mildly spiced -- nothing special, but totally unoily, which is always hard to find. The real flavor came from the bits of chopped green pepper and red onion cooked into the aloo on the grill (aka, the tava -- in Hindi) and the huge dose of tangy homemade mint chutney spooned into the kati roll. The whole package was amazingly zesty and flavorful -- or as one would say in India: chatpata!

The parantha was quite nice, too -- surprisingly unoily and very thin, delicate. They make their own paranthas (and rotis, chapatis) in-house, so that's not a huge surprise, though.

We were disappointed to find that the paneer momos have been discontinued (we've never seen those anywhere else!), but our veggie momos were superb. They contained an amazingly flavorful mix of spiced cabbage and carrots and were served with a very spicy chutney and tangy Nepali daikon pickle. The flavors were similar to Indian, but DISTINCT -- a different combination of spices than my Punjabi mom-in-law would select for her cooking.

I've tried a few veggie momos in Jax Heights (e.g., from Merit Kebab and Bombay Chaat) and this is by far the most flavorful one. My only complaint -- it seems like they use the store-issue wonton wrappers. I prefer dough (as at Bombay Chaat -- though their dough is a bit too thick!).

The owner was amazingly friendly, too. (Granted, we were speaking Hindi -- which seemed to ease the way a bit.) Though it was past closing time, he happily whipped up fresh chai on the spot for us (made properly -- boiled w/milk in a pot on the stove!) and offered thorough storage/steaming tips for the two bags of frozen momos we took home with us.

Tawa Food
37-38 72nd St, Queens, NY 11372

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