New India Cuisine quick-lunch

New India Cuisine brings new dining pleasures to South Austin, including two of the most refreshing beverages available anywhere in town to help the hot and thirsty withstand our hot weather. These are homemade fresh ginger soda and homemade fresh lime soda. The first is extremely generous with fresh ginger-root and is sweeter than the deliciously tart lime drink. I think we must ask for both the next time we visit.

New India Cuisine shares space with Eva B’s Bakery in the shopping center at South Congress and Oltorf that’s directly east and across the street from H-E-B and across Oltorf from the Twin Oaks shopping center. The door faces south and the building is at a right angle to the former Bealls, now AceMart.

Orders are placed at the counter and paid for at that time. We were famished and too tired to deliberate and so were delighted to follow suggestions from the owners. We began with Wada, which arrived accompanied by a delicious mint chutney and a tamarind chutney. These were seasoned potato cakes, which I’d gladly order again. At the table was a generous bowl of boneless chicken pieces in a coconut curry. Rice was beautifully seasoned. I enjoyed my curry of cauliflower and potato with tomato and seasonings. Our garlic naan was hot and a wonderful accompaniment. I plan to return again and again for the dal tarka malvani style (a broth of yellow lentils with black mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and curry leaves), as beautiful as it was tasty.

Menu options include many vegan and gluten-free selections. WiFi is free. New India Cuisine is closed on Monday and closed daily from 3 to 5 pm. Call 445-9727 for more information or to place a takeout order.

2 Comments so far

  1. triman on August 23rd, 2010 @ 1:13 am

    Great find, I’d never have thought of looking over there!

  2. odoublegood on August 23rd, 2010 @ 10:44 am

    This is perfect dal of its kind and a great personal favorite. We came in at closing time and took suggestions about what the owners were eating themselves and what they suggested. I first tasted this type of dal in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and this is the first time since that I’ve run across its twin. My co-diner’s chicken was all white meat, boneless, and only the best pieces. So I did no more than sample that very rich main course myself, but was truly delighted by the two fizzy drinks, the dal, the nan (no ghee, no leavening), the dal, the fluffy (non-pilaf) rice, and the green chutney.

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