SPICE UP THAT SUPERBOWL MENU WITH CURRY SERVINGS FROM BROOKLYN’S KING OF TANDOOR

Brooklyn residents looking to spice up their menu servings on Superbowl Sunday, need look no more. Problem solved! King of Tandoor Indian restaurant  is the answer to finding  delicious, affordable bang-for-the-buck Indian cuisine in Brooklyn  when you don’t want to take that trek to Manhattan’s Curry Row.

Nestled right in the heart of Brooklyn,  King of Tandoor  is a cozy spot  offering up some of the best Indian food crownheightsmom has sampled . So if you are a curry lover like myself or you are having a hard time  finding that curry-in-a-hurry spot that’s easy to get to,  then  pop over to the Prospect Lefferts Garden section of Brooklyn –just a hop-skip and jump from Prospect Park, along Flatbush  Avenue and not far from  –Crown Heights, Park Slope, Bed-Sty or  Downtown Brooklyn. Not in the mood to come out, no worries, forego the walk,  pull out the cell phone and dial  them up for delivery.

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The family owned 32-seat  restaurant has been in the neighborhood just over eight years says  Naz who greeted me as I entered  to grab takeout on Friday night.

“Most of our revenue comes from  deliveries,” he says as the phone rang-off-the-hook while offering me a cool delicious glass of mango juice as I waited on my  order.

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A busy evening as Naz takes  yet another phone order

Located in what was once a predominately Caribbean-American neighborhood where the lively sound of soca and reggae music echoes through speakers  of small business  ranging  from —barber shops, Jamaican  bakeries, Korean fruit markets, African hair braiding salons, Dominican bodegas and international fashion shops –the neighborhood is  experiencing a boom in new businesses as high-rise buildings go up  every few months and gentrification prices out many of the moms-and-pops businesses that once lined  the avenue.   These changes  though says Naz,  “is bringing an influx of new families and we are welcoming it.”

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The restaurant  is looking to expand  later this year . “Our kitchen isn’t that big but we have two  persons on every station, ” Naz lets me know  about keeping up with filling orders for seated customers, takeout and delivery .  As customers come in and out of the A-graded restaurant Naz engages them  in small talk and a smile.

King of Tandoor manager Naz

Naz, the manager of King of Tandoor

“We know everyone that comes in or we at least get to know them,”  he adds  as another customer enters the restaurant after jumping out of one of the many Dollar Vans swooping down the  avenue -the sounds of reggae music echoing from the  speakers as the door slams shut. “If ever there is an issue that our customers have, they can talk to us, ” adds Naz . “We love the people in the neighborhood . They are are very friendly and we like that.”

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Adorning the walls of the restaurant are  traditional Indian pictures of palaces in Bombay while the tables are outfitted  with red and white tabletop settings. “We are planning on making the restaurant  bigger so we will be renovating soon, ” he says.

As the winter season gears up Naz says  they are excited. “Winter is one of our best and busiest seasons for deliveries especially Fridays and Saturdays.” In fact when the snow blizzard hit New York City a week ago the restaurant closed just on Friday  but by the next day they were open and filling orders around the clock . They experienced one of their busiest  days of 2016 thus far . “We were very busy, ” says Naz,  adding “the phone rang non-stop with orders and a lot of customers came in.”

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Deliveries and takeout orders come out of the busy kitchen

For  local residents dining and getting takeout  King of Tandoor has become their own little piece of India, especially when they get to chow down on favorites like vegetable samosas and thandoori appetizers or curry specialities like  Vindaloo Curry or Do-Piaz Curry with a choice of lamb, chicken, beef or keema  cooked with  onions and tomatoes in a spice flavored sauce. Washing it down one has  the choice of a soft drink  or a delicious mango drink.

For  one customer  who lives in the neighbor the restaurant is definitely  King! Says Kate who lives nearby. “I have lived in this neighborhood for two years now and it is  just amazing. It is the best Indian food I have  found in Brooklyn thus far.” Kate insist  that  “next to Indian food from restaurants in London, King of Tandoor  on Flatbush Ave takes a close second.”

So spice things up  with a few servings from King of Tandoor as you celebrate 50 years of the big game on Superbowl Sunday . We  certainly will!

Crownheightsmom give Brooklyn’s King of Tandoor  restaurant  opened daily  noon -11pm 7 days a week a rating of 5 out of 5  Serving Spoons for delicious food and great customer service.

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Disclousure : No monies were exchanged for this review.—CrownHeightsMom ordered  her food, picked it up  and paid for it. This review is a result of the food being so darn good! Loved it!

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A GO-TO COMFORT FOOD DURING A SNOWY BLIZZARD…CURRIED CHICK PEAS INDIAN STYLE OF COURSE! by Debra Lewis-Boothman

I love Indian food especially in the  wintertime. It is my comfort food of choice . Choosing a healthier  eating lifestyle was one of my new year resolutions and since Jan 1  I have  been eating more fruits, salads and chick peas. Yes,  I did say CHICK PEAS!

Chick Peas the beans of life

Chick Peas the beans of life

After threading  through yesterday’s high winds and freezing snow and gaining  frozen toes and fingers  while heading  to pick my kids up from school  I  decided when we arrived home that I needed to  spice up  some chick peas and make the  hubs and I a spicy  Indian style  curried chick pea delight to chow down on . I needed a comfort food.

Heading home from  school  in the  snowy blizzard of 2015

Heading home from school in the snowy blizzard of 2015

I found  a curried potato chick pea recipe on foodnetwork.com  added a few of my own caribbean spices  and got  down to my culinary skills in the  kitchen.

Cooking up the  curried Chick Pea dish

Cooking up the curried Chick Pea dish

I would eat chick peas  every day if I had my way. They are delicious and not too heavy on the stomach, plus they are rich in fiber. Thinking back, I remember as a kid how  I  hated the weird distinct taste   especially when my grandma would serve them with dinner. Many times unbeknownst to her,  or so I thought, I would rake them off my  plate and  hide them in a napkin on my lap so I wouldn’t have to eat them. In  retrospect, I think grandma knew what I was doing but never said a word. So I am not too upset  that my now 8 and 7-year olds are not  turned on by  eating the small bean preferring instead to eat it as  chickpea hummus. At least they are still getting its valuable nutrients.

Making a curried chick pea meal is one of the  quickest  to prepare- with cooking times  of 15 minutes  and prep time of 20 minutes . I set forth to prepare  this  recipe which  is one of the easiest  and can be  a favorite on any  vegetarian, vegan or meat lovers plate.

The Chick Pea or Garbanzos Beans as my  South American peeps call them is one of the healthiest beans available.  For those who love their food spicy I say bring on the curry and the scotch  bonnet  pepper and make this baby indian style.

Quick and Easy way to make. Get  it in the can.Goya is a great brand but you can choose most others as well. You can use  dry chick peas but you will have to soak them for hours  or overnight or boil them.

Chick Peas aka Garbanzos beans is one of the world's healthiest foods that is rich in fiber. Great food for Diabetics.

Chick Peas aka Garbanzos Beans aka Chana -is one of the world’s healthiest foods that’s rich in fiber. Great food for Diabetics.

Known for its rich fiber benefits it is no wonder there is always some choice of chick pea or Chana  as my Indian  friends call it  being offered on the menu of restaurants in India . In fact chickpeas has long been a staple of the  daily diet in India.

Some of my favorite cities  with Indian restaurants that  make the best curried chick pea  meals can be found in  Covent Garden  or amongst  London’s Brick Lane curry  houses as well as in  New York City and  Chicago.

RECIPE  FOR CURRIED POTATOES AND CHICK PEAS  courtesy of The Food Network Magazine and updated to include ingredients  added by crownheightsmom.

Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch chunks
Kosher salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 15 -ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 cups fried onions (one 2.8-ounce can)
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus leaves for topping
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced (remove seeds for less heat)...–NOTE: I used Jamaican scotch bonnet peppers instead of Jalapenos and I added fresh garlic, scallions, thyme and a teaspoon of grated fresh ginger. I also ncluded   1 teaspoon of Cumin.

Cook your chick peas slow and steady.

Directions
Put the potatoes, 2 teaspoons salt and enough cold water to cover in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are almost tender, 3 to 6 minutes. Reserve 1 cup cooking water, then drain the potatoes.

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 8 minutes. Stir in the curry powder and cayenne and cook, stirring, 30 seconds.

Add the chickpeas, 1 cup fried onions, garlic, thyme, scallions and 1/2 cup reserved cooking water; cook, mashing the potatoes with a spoon( I did not mash my potatoes), until heated through, about 3 minutes. Add more cooking water, if needed. Season with salt.

Mix the yogurt, chopped cilantro, lime juice and 2 tablespoons water in a bowl. Divide the potato-chickpea mixture among bowls. Top with the yogurt sauce, the remaining 1 cup fried onions, the sliced jalapeno and cilantro leaves.

Curried chick peas and potatoes smell so good and  the  peppery flavor of the scotch bonnet peppers gives it  a kick.

Curried chick peas and potatoes smell so good and the peppery flavor of the scotch bonnet peppers gives it a kick.

Almost ready  to eat and a dish I am sure  renowned chef  and Hell’s Kitchen mentor Gordon Ramsay would love.

Yummm…all spicy and ready to be devoured

You can choose to eat  your  curried chick peas alone, with flat bread, a salad or on top of rice -basmati or  parboiled,  or  a pasta  of  your choice.  I paired mine on top  of Penne and it was delicious! The  spicy  kick from the scotch bonnet peppers  hit the  spot. I was warmed  all over.

We enjoyed alongside a  glass or red!

Alongside a glass of red wine

Alongside a glass of red wine