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Newly opened RaSoi Indian Cuisine offers homestyle cooking with flavor, flair

Nov 16, 2017
Courtesy of: RaSoi Indian Cuisine Meenal Drock, Miss India Seattle USA, helps kick off festivities during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly-opened RaSoi Indian Cuisine, located in Albertsons Center at the southeast corner of Beverly Park Road and the Mukilteo Speedway.

One of the many benefits of an increasingly multicultural population here is the expanding choices in cuisine. Until now, however, there was one glaring exception.

On Sept. 30, that omission was erased with the opening of RaSoi Indian Cuisine. Conveniently located in the Albertsons Center at the southeast corner of Beverly Park Road and the Mukilteo Speeday, RaSoi is easily accessible to Mukilteo, Lynnwood, Edmonds and Everett.

But whether it’s just around the corner or a short drive away, food aficionados will discover the very best in northern Indian cuisine. Owners Rashmi Kumar and Suman Sharma, with the help of their husbands Navin Kumar and Prem Sharma, wanted to open a restaurant that offers the kind of homestyle cooking loved by people from all walks of life. RaSoi means “kitchen” in Hindi, a synonym for the traditional way of cooking.

That means an emphasis on fresh, authentic ingredients daily – fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, meats and spices – that are healthy and nutritious as well as delicious.

“Everything is fresh every day,” Rashmi said. “Suman and I try to be here all the time to control food quality.”

Rashmi and Suman have drawn on their own families’ recipes, handed down over many generations, to create a menu that is varied and appealing to many palates, including vegetarians.

Entrees include many favorites, such as Tandoori Chicken (chicken marinated in yogurt, ginger and ground spices, then baked in a tandoor – a clay oven), Methi Chicken (boneless chicken pieces cooked with dry fenugreek leaves, onions and tomatoes in a fresh garlic-ginger sauce), Aloo Gobi (cauliflower mixed with potato and cooked in Indian herbs and spices), and Chana Masala (chickpeas cooked in tomato and onion gravy). There are about two dozen entrees in all.

There are plenty of appetizers/fast foods as well, including Pakora (vegetable, paneer [Indian cottage cheese] or chicken – delicately spiced fried fritters that are lightly battered in chickpea flour, then served with cilantro and tamarind chutney), Samosa (deep-fried pastries with mildly spiced potatoes and peas), and Chilli Paneer/Chicken (cubes of paneer or chicken sautéed with ginger, garlic, onions, cabbage, green and sun-dried chilies in a ketchup soy sauce).

RaSoi also offers a nice selection of rice and bread dishes, including Biryani (spicy Indian dish of rice with your choice of meat or vegetables flavored with saffron or turmeric), Veg Pulav (basmati rice cooked with your choice of chicken, lamb, fish or prawns, ginger and peas in onion gravy), and hot out-of-the-tandoor oven, drop-dead delicious naan, plain or with the stuffing of your choice (garlic, spinach or potato).

There are, of course, some tasty dessert options you won’t find in the grocery store, including Gulab Jamun (fried milk cottage cheese balls dipped in sugar syrup), Ras Malai (dumplings made from cottage cheese soaked in cardamom flavored milk and topped with grated pistachios), or Malai Kulfi (Indian styled ice cream).

Not familiar with Indian cuisine? An excellent way to tickle your taste buds is at their daily lunch buffet, which offers a nice variety of choices off their menu.

The Kumars and Sharmas have created a festive atmosphere at RaSoi, with handmade, colorful tablecloths gracing the tables, woven wall hangings, ceiling murals and other special touches that make the restaurant feel more like home. “We wanted to bring an Indian feel to everything,” Prem said.

They view people who walk in the door as special guests who deserve the best their hosts can offer.

“We want to provide authentic, homestyle Indian food,” Navin said, “and we want them to know they’re not just customers – they’re our guests.” Our mantra is – Atithi Devo Bhava, which literally means ‘Guest is God.’”

RaSoi is set up to host large group gatherings, including birthday and office parties or other banquets, as well as catering services for all occasions.

Too busy to stay? Call ahead for take-out at 425-322-4379 or, if you prefer, RaSoi also provides lunch-box delivery service to your office. You can order lunch boxes online at www.mealjunction.com or call before 9:30 a.m. at 1-844-237-9845.

Located at 12926 Mukilteo Speedway, Lynnwood, RaSoi is open daily, from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for lunch and 4:30-9 p.m. for dinner weekdays, and noon-3 p.m. lunch or 4:30-9 p.m. dinner on weekends.

Check out their full menu at www.rasoilynnwood.com. Better yet, head on over to RaSoi and let them guide you through a delicious new adventure in cuisine; they’ll make you feel at home.

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