Written by Megan Soyars
I was raised in San Antonio, Texas, the tex-mex capital of the world. Down South, we like our food bursting with flavor. Salsas, jalapenos, and chile peppers garnish plates in many restaurants. I thought I knew spicy while I was spooning Pace salsa on to my chips con queso, but I had no idea how far the heat barometer could go until I tried Indian curry.
My first taste of Indian food was in college. A whole group of us headed out to Taj Palace for my roomie’s birthday one night. I first tried the naan (a type of flatbread), which was soft and delicious. Then I moved eagerly on to the curry chicken. Spooning some up with reckless abandon, I shoved a steaming spoonful in my mouth. I nearly spit it back up. It was good, don’t get me wrong. But it was hot. At least, for my unprepared taste buds. My friends, spotting my agonized expression, asked me what was wrong. They probably thought I needed the Heimlich maneuver or something. Thankfully, I wasn’t choking; I was only a wimp.
“It’s too spicy,” I mumbled as I blinked back tears. My friend reached over and grabbed a spoonful for himself.
“It’s not too hot,” he assured me after swallowing, a feat which I likened to walking over a bed of hot coals. “This is really good. So…are you gonna finish it?”
I ended up stocking up on naan that night, while my friend enjoyed the rest of my plate.
But whether you’re a mild taster like me, a spice daredevil like my friend, or somewhere in between, you can enjoy the flavorful plates at Curry Kitchen. Located at 40 W. 8th St., Curry Kitchen offers a variety of Indian foods, ranging from their fiery chicken curry, to their savory tandoori fish, to their warm, home-made naan. And at around $10 an entrée, this is an affordable way to get a taste of India. Curry Kitchen also frequently offers student discounts. So print out this 10% coupon and head down to Curry Kitchen to “spice” up your meal time.
Also, don’t forget to check out our website to get Curry Kitchen’s Student Loyalty Program Card, up this week! And if you’re an Indian food guru (no pun intended) check out our discounts for Indian Cafe and Indian Taj, also featured on our website.
-Megan, Trinity University