In my search for lighter fare for our weekly date night, I came across Krishna's Curry, Indian vegetarian food.
I suggested it to my husband and he groaned because it was vegetarian.
He has always been suspicious of anything vegetarian. "Rabbit food," he calls it. But the food at Krishna's was anything but.
Named after a Hindu god, Krishna's Curry offers about six entrees a day, cafeteria-style. All dishes are served on steel cafeteria tray with many little compartments for different curries and rice.
Most of the curries are some sort of bean, legume or cheese in a flavorful sauce cooked with many vegetables and exotic spices. All the entrees are meant to be served with rice or the flat bread naan.
My husband and I each ordered the No. 7 Plate, which was less than $10 with a drink and included three entrees, along with three pakora, deep fried turnoverlike appetizers; a samosa, a fried, spicy potato and pea dumpling; and bhatura, fluffy, deep fried sourdough bread.
For my entrees, I ordered navratan korma, moong daal and mattar paneer. My husband also ordered the navratan korma and the mattar paneer and then he ordered aloo.
Let's start with the samosa. This is a potato and pea dish with garlic and spices that is wrapped up in pastry dough, deep fried and served with mango chutney. Not the light food I was looking for but very tasty. The rice is basmati, very fluffy and lightly spiced -- a good base for the rest of the curry.
The mattar paneer is a mixture of fried cows' milk white cheese and peas, together in a green savory and slightly spicy sauce.
Moong daal is a thick stew of yellow split peas spiced with ginger, chile, turmeric, garlic and other traditional Indian spices. The daal was spicy and stick to your ribs; I have always enjoyed daal and this version is a great one.
The navratan korma was my favorite. The korma is made with nine vegetables and paneer, a soft Indian cheese with a texture like tofu. The sauce was tomato and cream with many spices and it's really spicy but in a good way. I also liked the subtle sweetness from the tomatoes and the carrots. If I was to order anything again, it would be this.
The navratan korma was also my husband's favorite.
The aloo on his plate was a spicy mix of cubed potatoes and carrots. Think mash, not stew; there was no sauce. A little reminiscent of home fries. I thought it was very good. In fact, I thought what a great dish for breakfast to pair with a fried egg.
The bread was something totally unexpected. My son saw it and instantly wanted to dive into it. With his first bite, however, he said, "That is not what I thought it was!"
When I tasted it I understood why. The bread had a sourdough taste. I asked how it was made and the owner said with yogurt and flour and then quickly fried. He also said it was specifically meant to be served with chana masala, a garbanzo bean stew made with tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger, garam masala and chilies.
The owner then promptly brought us a small plate of the masala to try with our bread. He was spot on: The masala perfectly complemented the bread. I liked the bread a lot but thought it was a bit greasy. The masala, however, was outstanding. Something to come back for.
We ordered a few sweet treats to take home, about a buck a piece along with a chai tea ($1.25). The tea comes unsweetened and the owner brings it to you with a sugar shaker. I prefer that because I find most chai to be too sweet.
The treats were all smaller than a cookie, but I like it that way because then it's just enough to curb your sweet tooth after dinner.
I'm not sure how to really describe the sweets. Even after the owner explained what was in each one, there were so many I couldn't recall what was what. What I can say is of the three that I ate, they were all tasty -- and quite sweet.
After dinner my husband and I felt full and satisfied, but not sleepy, like the way I feel when I have pasta for dinner.
We agreed that we would eat more vegetarian food if we could eat like this for our meals.
507 Casino Road W., Everett; 425-265-1200.
Specialty: Vegetarian Indian.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday; call for Sunday hours.
Vegetarian options: Everything is vegetarian.
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