I don’t know when, or even how, it started- but I’ve got a seriously huge obsession with Indian cuisine. I’m not sure if it’s because of the amazing smells and flavors of the food itself or if it’s because it stirs up my longing for travel and everything exotic. It could even be because it takes me back to elementary school and to one of my closest friends, whose family was Indian. Or it could honestly be a combination of all of those factors. Regardless, my love of Indian food is here to stay and I’m not the least bit upset about it!
What I am upset about however, is that I didn’t know I lived so close to an Indian restaurant until just a couple weeks ago. Doh! But thankfully Cotey and I were able to stumble upon the gem that is India House on our most recent trip to Wenatchee. (If you recall, we were there at the end of last month to celebrate our anniversary).. We knew we wanted to go a little out of the box for dinner that night so we hopped on Yelp, did a little research and eventually found ourselves at India House.
India House specializes in dishes from the Punjab region of Northwestern India, where they’re known for their curries as well as for being pioneers in tandoori clay oven cooking. I’m drooling already! We started off with the Paneer Pakora for an appetizer (ok so technically we started off with a beer first and then we moved on to the Paneer Pakora)… but lets not split hairs.
The Paneer Pakora was an interesting choice. By definition, it’s pretty much deep fried homemade Indian cheese, but the dish has so much more going on than that. Before it’s fried the cheese is dipped in spiced grain flour. I’m not entirely sure which spices exactly but they certainly use some strong ones, and a generous amount of them at that. The dish was served with a variety of sauces, including a mild pesto like sauce that helped balance the spices in the cheese itself. Cotey enjoyed the hotter sauce of course, which reminded both of us of Thai chili paste.
We decided to share an entree which turned out to be a great idea. We knew we wouldn’t have a place to store our leftovers and didn’t want any food to go to waste. Plus, one entree was the perfect amount of food for two people, especially after our appetizer. We settled on the lamb Korma, which was served with a bowl of jasmine rice. The dish was prepared by cooking the lamb with cashews, golden raisins and spices in a creamy yogurt sauce. It was heavenly! There was so much flavor going on, it was seriously a party in my mouth.
When you order your dishes the server asks how spicy you would like your dish. I’m not the biggest fan of spicy food, although Cotey is, so we managed to settle on a happy medium. I really like that you don’t have to be at the mercy of the chef in terms of spiciness, and I’m glad that’s how they do things at India House. Otherwise, I would be dying because Indian food can get pretty spicy. We also ordered a side of their garlic naan which helped round out our meal. The naan was good by itself, but equally yummy when dipped in the korma. On a related note, I really need to learn how to make naan bread because it’s seriously amazing!
I loved the overall atmosphere of the restaurant and Cotey and I will definitely be returning in the future. We’ve got our eye on their curries and of course, their lineup of meats cooked in their authentic tandoori clay oven. We might try their dinner for two option though, which includes an appetizer, tandoori chicken, your choice of curry, vegetable dish and naan bread as well as rice pudding for dessert all for $45.99. Not a bad deal at all!
See you next time, India House!
Find India House at:
105 Wenatchee Ave South
Wenatchee, Washington 98801
Open Tuesday-Sunday from 11:00am-9:30pm