I’m not a vegetarian myself; however, I would like to share a good place with the growing population of vegetarian foodies. Vegetarian heaven Kalachandji’s is a non-profit restaurant located on Gurley avenue close to Samuell Park, and the price of $8.95 for lunch and $11.95 for dinner are donations to support Indian ancient tradition. The first time I found the restaurant on the internet, I was immediately drawn into its romantic and warm ambience. I vowed to myself that I was going to eat there very soon, which I did on April 3rd. Another thing worth mentioning is Kalachandji’s changes their menu everyday and this makes me want to go back to eat again!
My friends and I ate in the boothe that’s slightly above and this is the view we got.
I started off with salad and I absolutely love the variety of greens, freshness, and the dressings! Thumbs up.
Subsequently, I had Yellow Mung Dal Soup, which is a classic and nutritious bean soup. According to the restaurant, “their dal soup is warmly spiced and made from various Indian relatives of the lentil.” It tastes very healthy, in another words, bland.
This thing right here is Tamarind Tea. Their original fruit drink, made from the tart pulp extracted from the pod of the tamarind tree. It’s too sweet for some people, but I LOVE it! When they say it’s better than lemonade, it really is! I had 6 cups of them, at least.
Okra and potato was one of the things I went back to get more because the okra was well-stir-fried. So healthy too!
Eggplant, Peas, and Panir goes very well with basmati rice, except I didn’t like the peas because they weren’t stewed or soft. Actually, they were hard like uncooked kind of hard. But eggplant was nicely stewed.
I must introduce Pappadam. This is a very addicting spiced wafer and it makes you munch on and on. “These paper-thin wafers are made from ground urad dal beans which are made into a dough, rolled out and sun-dried, and then roasted until crisp.”
AHHHHHH! Desserts. We had Vanilla Sweet Rice and Carob Walnut Halvah. They were both bomb, and I prefer vanilla sweet rice, personally. Halvah (farina cake) is “a fluffy grain dessert made from toasted farina, and combined with nuts or fruit for a countless variety of flavors”, the waitress explained. Sweet vanilla rice is “a creamy dessert made from fresh milk and rice, and flavored with cardamom, saffron, rose essence, nuts or fruit.” Sweet vanilla rice rocks my world. Guess how many bowls I killed?
Tue-Fri – 11:30am to 2:00pm
Sat-Sun – 12:00pm to 3:00 pm
Tue-Sun – 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Closed on Mondays
Salad Bar Only
Hot Buffet with Salad
5430 Gurley Ave
Dallas, TX 75223
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[Images from John Lee and Kalachandji's]