Heritage India

December 6, 2012Katie


There’s a new Indian restaurant in Edmond called Heritage India, and I am a huge fan already. My BFF Joy is one of the few people I know who continually craves Indian food, so we go often.  Did I just say BFF? Someone shoot me now!  Lately, our haunt of frequency has been Heritage India. We prefer their smaller buffet (opened for lunch only from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) and their unique dishes and…swoon…their garlic naan.

Mr. Wonderful and I met years ago at our gym. A mutual friend introduced us one day while I was running on the treadmill. I was wearing bright red shorts and a workout top… and sweating profusely.

To this day, believe it or not, he still loves  and remembers my red workout outfit exactly.

Go figure.

At our gym, when you got serious about working out, you moved to the “free weight” end of the gym instead of using the cable machines.  There was one small problem about us working out together.

There was a glorious smell that wafted through the walls in the freeweight room from the Indian restaurant adjacent to the building. We’d never had Indian before, so one Saturday after working out, we went and blew our diet on the Indian buffet next door.

I’ve been hooked ever since.

Joy and I recently snuck away for a little Indian indulgence for lunch and experienced the buffet at Heritage India.

This buffet, unlike many Indian buffets is small, quaint and the large pans are not overfilled and left to sit.

At Heritage small amounts are cooked occasionally and the food is fresher that way. We like that. A lot.

The buffet is a great way to try out some of the popular dishes of Indian cuisine like Chicken Tikka Masala, a wonderful blend of chicken, tomato sauce, masala spices and usually made with with cream or yogurt blended in.  The chicken is usually marinated and then cooked in a tandoori oven before being ladled into the sauce and this makes it tender and wonderful.  It is definitely on my top lists of favorites in Indian cuisine.

But Joy and I both are in love with the Chicken Curry at Heritage as well.

I also love the Chana Bhatura, a chickpea curry that is savory, spicy and a great option for vegetarians.

The thing about dishes like these are they all have wonderfully spiced sauce that are great to dip the sizzling hot crispy Naan (Indian fry bread) the server will bring to your table.  We always ask for the Garlic Naan, which literally spills over the basket with it’s garlic sprinkled goodness.

I also adore these…

I think these are the Bhaji and are onion type fritters dipped in a chickpea flour batter spiced with turmeric and cumin.  These go great served with one of the condiments you’ll see at the end of the buffet line.

Like the mint chutney, a blend of cilantro, mint, garlic and chiles or their Tamarind sauce.

Indian desserts are usually offered on the buffet in the form of bread or rice puddings scented with Indian spices, or Gulab Jamun, little donut like fritters swimming in sweet syrup.

If you go for dinner, try ordering any of the above items off the extensive menu.  What you miss out on the buffet, are some exotic and gorgeously presented entrees that walk a bit on the wilder side. I can’t wait to go back and try them others like the seafood portion of their menu.

Other items I’ve ordered and love – the Hyderabad Chicken, a nod to owner Owner William Bathini’s roots of Hyderabad, India.  Indian cuisine is usually split into northern and southern fare, and I love that both Bathini and chef  Dominic Gomes have influences on the food at Heritage so Oklahoma City diners will get tastes of both.

P.S.  Bathini’s will be MUCH hotter in general!

I hope you’ll try the flavors of India out in Edmond!

Heritage India
3409 S. Broadway
Edmond, OK 405-286-9972
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