Single Serving: Sev Batata Puri at Hamro Aangan in Albany, CA

by James Boo on January 9, 2012 · 2 comments

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Indian food enthusiasts in Berkeley, Albany and El Cerrito have a new go-to in Hamro Aangan, a relatively new Indo-Nepalese restaurant separated from the U.C. campus by several miles of the actual city of Berkeley. A meal here is worth the trip, by bus or by car, for pretty much anyone interested in serious flavor. Aangan’s tikka masala, heavier on spice than cream, is easily my favorite in the city, and saffron-brushed biryani hits the table in epic portions.

Even better is “Sev Batata Puri” ($5.99 for seven), a fantastic but unassuming South Indian selection from the appetizer menu. Aangan’s rendition of dahi puri (by far the most memorable snack of my trip to Lucknow, India), the dish starts with sev puri – crisp, hollowed rounds of fry bread resembling paper-thin pastry puffs. The irregular rounds are stuffed with potato, chickpea and light ribbons of tamarind chutney. The entire plate of puri are then dressed in raita, garnished with fresh cilantro, dusted with ground spices and sprinkled with extremely light sev. Taken cold, these one-pop precursors to curries and flat breads simultaneously serve the roles of refreshment and kindling for any appetite.

Hamro Aangan Indo-Nepalese Cuisine
856 San Pablo Ave.
Albany, CA 94706

foodhoe January 28, 2012 at 12:48 pm

oh does that look good. how was the rest of the meal?

James Boo January 28, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I ended up going for dinner twice in one week, and pretty much everything at Hamro Aangan is delightful. The tikka masala is a must-try, biryani is very good (and served in huge portions), and vindaloo is good as well. I tried the house “chicken curry,” which was a Nepalese kukhura ko ledo (chicken with gravy) — much milder flavors, but satisfying all the same. The dosas are competent but not mind-blowing. I wish I had the stomach space to try their momos and much more — perhaps you can do some more sleuthing on the scene :)

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