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Simla Mirch Aloo at Kasa Indian Eatery
Chef Anamika Khanna is on a constant mission to get her customers addicted to new side dishes, and this new vegetable special, simla mirch aloo, does not disappoint. The combination of braised poblano peppers, potatoes, and caramelized onions is wrapped in a cumin spiced tomato sauce—served only at Kasa's storefront in the Castro. *Hot tip: Look out for Khanna's Indian Philly cheesesteak to debut from the Kasa food truck at Off the Grid's Fourth of July event in Berkeley.
Chocolate Dosa at Dosa on Valencia
Remember The Chai Cart? It was only two years ago that self-described "corporate slave" Paawan Kothari decided to quit her job in the high-tech world and follow her passion. She started selling authentic Indian chai from a bicycle trailer, peddling around the Mission and SoMa with her freshly brewed drinks until the bike was stolen from her garage last summer, and her street biz, sadly, came to an abrupt halt.
Kothari deserves mention as one of the first to the Indian street vendor game. As she considers getting back into it —you can still buy her freshly made products at Rainbow Grocery, Whole Foods and Bi-Rite—Indian food options are quickly sprouting up all over the city.
Just because food shows up in a taco truck doesn't inherently mean that I'm going to get excited about it. (Case in point: I have yet to try out the frog legs from Spencer on the Go.) But if it's Indian food in a taco truck, you can bet I'll be there. (Or at least I'll send our intern there if I have too much writing to do like today.) Curry Up Now—which, until this week, has only been in Burlingame—just started parking in the Financial District at 225 Bush and Montgomery. Christina (said intern) dutifully waited in the long line and an hour later, valiantly returned, lunch in hand.