Spice it up with new taste treats at Krishna’s Curry
Vegetarians know that restaurants generally aren’t very accommodating to their diet. Maybe one item, such as pasta with marinara sauce, or a salad, is all.
That’s why local veggies, as well as carnivores who long for flavorful alternatives to the tired meat and potatoes fare, will be happy to learn there’s a new local choice — Krishna’s Curry.
The Indian restaurant, located in a strip mall in South Everett near Boeing, offers a range of low-priced dishes that change daily.
Offerings start as low as $3.95 for one side (such as rice or naan) and an entrée, and top out at $6.45 for one side and three entrees. Despite the low prices, portions are generous.
Owner Rakeesh Kumar and his wife Mohini bring a wealth of knowledge about Indian cuisine to the table.
“I love to cook,” Rakeesh Kumar said. “It’s my passion.”
He worked in a family restaurant in Canada before moving to the United States in 1986.
They opened Krishna’s Curry on Aug. 15 – India’s Independence Day.
The restaurant has nearly two dozen different entrees on the menu, of which it offers six on any given day. Due to customer demand, some entrees are offered daily, while others alternate throughout the week.
You won’t find any canned food used at Krishna’s Curry. Kumar focuses on fresh fare, served quickly.
“Everything is made fresh, from scratch,” he said.
He uses spices judiciously, depending on the dish he’s making.
“I don’t want to kill the flavor with spice,” he said. “You want some taste of the ingredients, telling you, ‘I’m there.’”
It translates into rich tastes and exotic spices that many Americans will find new and intriguing.
“People are so appreciative,” Kumar said. “I see repeat customers, sometimes three times a week.”
This reviewer and a companion found their choices full of flavor and, sometimes, full of heat. They’ll gladly provide some cooling yogurt when a diner finds an entrée too spicy for his palate.
We both chose rice as our side, and enjoyed mixing the various entrees with the rice.
Among our favorites:
• Daal, a soup-like mixture of lentils and spices, was among the mild offerings that won positive reviews from both of us;
• Navratan Korma, a spicy blend of nine vegetables and curry, brought out the richness of fresh ingredients;
• Chana Masala, a flavorful blend of garbanzo beans and spices that is served daily, was one of my favorites, but had my companion calling for the yogurt.
We both ordered an extra side of naan, which to the uninitiated is flat bread baked in a clay oven. It came to the table hot, fresh – and delicious.
If you’re not hungry enough for a full meal, there are plenty of snack options, such as Samosas, a spicy potato and peas pastry (75 cents each), Pakoras, deep-fried bread appetizers ($1.49 for a plate of 6), and Cholay Bhatura, a puffed bread with Chana Masala ($4.95).
If you have room for dessert, they offer traditional Indian sweets, such as Moti Choor Ladoo, a ball of sugar bits (super sweet!) that are often given as gifts on special occasions, or Gulab Jamun, a donut-like ball infused with syrup and honey.
For drinks, there are sodas, Chai tea (“About the only thing the British gave us,” Kumar laughed.) and Mango Lassi, a popular Indian fruit juice drink. No alcohol.
The small restaurant is set up cafeteria style. You order and pick up your food at the counter, then find a seat at one of the half-dozen tables. They also do a steady take-out business for local workers and residents.
Parking can be a bit of a challenge, with a nearby convenience store claiming the bulk of spaces for its customers.
Kumar said he’s keeping prices low in hopes of building volume. “I’m more concerned with your pocket than mine,” he said.
Should he get multiple orders, such as from Boeing groups, he’ll deliver.
Krishna’s Curry is at 507A Casino Rd., Everett, at the northwest corner of 5th Avenue W. Hours 10-8 Mon.-Sat. Closed Sundays. Phone 425-265-1200.