My mother-in-law has wanted me to try Chowpatti, a Vegetarian restaurant in Arlington Heights, Illinois, for a long long time now. We finally were able to plan a lunch date, in honor of my Birthday, and she was kind enough to treat me, Morgan and my sister-in-law Susie to lunch (Thanks Dianne!). Chowpatti offers a variety of international options, but over and above their specialty is Indian cuisine. Their menu specifically states that anything on the menu can be made Vegan, which was obviously great for me! I love Indian food and highly recommend this restaurant if you find yourself in the suburbs of Chicago.
I began with a Green Cocktail made up of apple, cucumber, celery, ginger, lemon, parsley and spinach. It was a great way to start the meal – get my greens in a quick drink.
Next the waitress brought out a small sample for everyone – something I wanted to try, but didn’t want for my entire meal – Special Sev Batata Puri with Dahi (Loaded Indian Nachos). Vegan version for me, Vegetarian version for everyone else. This was excellent, such a unique twist on a Mexican favorite. Looking forward to going back and getting these next time.
Following that we tried some soup, Tardka Dal for Morgan (left) and Dal Makhani for me (right). Both savory with medium spice – Tardka Dal a curry base with lentils and Dal Makhani a tomato base with lentils. The menu even stated that Dal Makhani is known to be cooked with butter and cream, but their version does not include this, yay!
For our main entrees Susie went for a middle eastern favorite, Falafel Plate. Maybe she’ll chime in here with her review of this, but it sure looked like a refreshing and light meal served with all the fixings for a falafel sandwich.
Morgan, Dianne and I each ordered a Dosa. A Dosa is an Indian style crepe made using a batter of rice and lentil. I went for the Spicy Pav Bhaji Dosa; the filling consisting of potatoes, green peas, cauliflower, tomatoes, onions and garlic. As an add on I included spinach in mine and topped it off with the Sambhar (lentil sauce) that comes on the side.
Morgan and Dianne both tried the Masala Dosa with sauteed onions, potatoes, tomatoes, cilantro and hints of cashews and raisins. They both added Paneer (Indian cheese) to theirs and Morgan topped her’s off with the Sambhar and Dahi Raita (whipped yogurt with cucumbers, tomatoes and seasonings). As a matter of fact I think Morgan had a little Dahi Raita with everything in this meal – she enjoys the cool yogurt contrast to the spicy food.
Well at this point you would think I would be full, but no – what’s a Birthday celebration without cake? I ordered the Vegan Brownie all for myself – Happy Birthday to Me!
Great meal, at a gem of a restaurant with great friends – looking forward to my next visit.