Saturday, May 15, 2010

GLUTEN-FREE VEGETARIAN FOODS AT PONGAL

This Kosher restaurant is frequented by many Yeshiva students who attend classes on Lexington near 34th Street, but make no mistake, the cuisine at this attractive little restaurant is 100 per cent South Indian. The menu is strictly vegetarian, and there are many gluten-free options, including the specialty of the house, large crepes, served filled with spiced potatoes, called dosa, available with wheat flour or gluten-free, of rice and lentil flours. Dosas served plain, unfilled, work well as a substitute for the breads such as poori or nan that you may have been missing on your gluten-free trips to Indian restaurants. Try these big cones--they're delicious!

There are several gluten-free appetizers to choose from, and the deep-fried lentil donut plate is definitely one of the best. If you can't handle lots of spice, you'll probably want to eat them as is, since they are slightly peppery even without the accompanying dips, which are a tongue-tingling coconut-based one and another, a tomato-based sambal. Another starter you might enjoy, the spinach pakoda, is made with chickpea flour and served with tamarind and coriander-green chile dipping sauces.

In addition to dosas, there are also more familiar Indian main dishes such as Baingan Bhurta (mashed eggplant with tomato and spices) , Alu Gobi (potatoes and cauliflower) and many others you'll probably recognize. Traditional desserts such as kulfi (Indian ice cream) and kheer (rice pudding) are also served.

This is a neighborhood favorite (in business for 15 years) and a place where any gluten-free vegetarian can feel comfortable.

110 LEXINGTON AVENUE
NEWYORK , NY 10016
CALL 212 696 9458
between 27th and 28th

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2 comments:

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