By Jules Fox
Reader Food Reviewer
Dishing out delicious authentic flavors of India, Curry in a Hurry dares to dream big in a small town. This is New York and LA good, in a tucked away cozy commercial kitchen.
Treat yourself to take out. Curry in a Hurry does not offer restaurant seating, opting instead for fast to-go service (the Hurry) and slow-simmered, mouth-watering meats, vegetables and beans in delectable sauces (the Curry).
You can pick up your food on your way back from work, the beach or the bar, depending on your level of social productivity, and eat it at home, or right outside if a nice whiff of it tickles your nose and you have poor impulse control. I had to taste it before I got in the car.
On arriving home, I opened the basmati rice, (which my one-and-a-half-year-old daughter mistook for confetti) and the pleasing aroma lingered luxuriously, leaving us eager to eat.
The tender coconut chicken curry was by far our favorite, until we tried the tangy ginger of the creamy tomato-based tikka masala chicken. And then digging into the sides we tasted the sensationally simple bhaigan aloo eggplant and potato curry and the traditional melt in your mouth dal. We decided they were all our favorite.
Opting for the basmati rice as a base for half and the paleo-friendly roasted cauliflower and cabbage for the other half, I tried to savor slowly, more easily managed by the fact that I was reading “Goose and Duck Find a Pumpkin” out loud. My daughter, who eats even more slowly than I, was a huge fan of the basmati rice once she discovered she could also eat it. My wife left nothing on her plate, an unexpected surprise, which I took to mean that she really enjoyed it.
My family devoured the ample portions surprisingly fast. Wielding some willpower, we were able to tuck one small portion away for leftovers, as Indian food only gets better with age—up to a certain point.
Think you don’t like Indian food? Let me debunk some myths, so you can give it a shot.
Myth 1: Indian Food Is Spicy
Yes, there are a lot of Indian spices thrown into the mix, and that’s what lends credibility to this establishment. But it’s not hot spicy, (unless you ask for it) it’s well-flavored spicy.
Myth 2: Indian Food Is All Vegetables
You can find plenty of veggie options here, but there are just as many meat choices. While chicken is the favored Indian meat, keep your eyes open, as the menu rotates weekly.
Myth 3: You Have To Eat Indian Food With Your Hands
You are allowed to do this, and it would be respectful to do so in India, but I used a fork. My wife went with a fork, too. My daughter chose to use her hands and a library book.
Add Music to the Mix
According to owner and musician Peter Hicks, they will host live Indian music events launching soon. They will be similar to the Curry in a Hurry sponsored “Sounds of the East,” playing live at the Panida Theater on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.
Options For Restricted Diets
Additional Notes: All curry and side dishes are hand made in a traditional Indian style.
Curry in a Hurry
723B Pine St.
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