We at Cafe Bombay are a family-based restaurant dedicated to providing excellent authentic Indian cuisine. We believe homemade food is always better. To serve the most authentic food, we make our spice mix every day. Everything is cooked fresh from scratch in our kitchen. While practicing authentic Indian cuisine, we also use our imagination and creativity to introduce new and innovative dishes.
We hope you will have a satisfying experience at Cafe Bombay restaurant. Since customer satisfaction is our ultimate goal, we welcome any comments or suggestions on ways to improve your experience.
What is Curry
In America, many believe curry is an Indian spice. Curry powder is sold in many supermarkets. Many dishes in America call for Curry, which is a blend of spices (mainly garam masala) that is mixed with coriander powder and turmeric. In India, Indians would be confused if you mentioned curry powder.
The role of spices and herbs goes beyond just cooking. Ancient Ayurveda texts prescribe herbs and spices for curative and therapeutic functions. Ayurveda scripts dating back to 3000 years list the preventive and curative properties of various spices.
1. Curative Properties: Gigi Eapen has learned to use this knowledge and weave them into everyday dishes. Ginger prevents dyspepsia, garlic reduces cholesterol and hypertension and fenugreek is a good resistance builder and pepper often serves as an antihistamine, turmeric is used for stomach ulcers and the glow of the skin.
2. Preserving Foods: Spices have been used to make the food last longer on the days when refrigeration was absent.
3. Aiding Digestion: Indian substitutes for the western after-dinner mint are fragrant spices such as fennel, cardamom, or cloves. Effective mouth fresheners, aid digestion, prevent heartburn, and curb nausea. Others such as asafetida and ginger root, have been known to counteract flatulence and colic, and are added to lentils, a must with every Indian meal.
4. Balancing Tastes and Properties of Food: Each spice has a property not just a taste property but warm or cooling property to it. It also has many other properties. Gigi generally understands these properties and cooking is elevated to yet another level by using this knowledge of spices in the cooking. The classic Indian curry often combines the following spices: coriander, turmeric, fenugreek, cloves, ginger, red and black pepper, and other spices. One popular variety of spice blend used in Indian curries is called “Garam Masala”.
A ‘dry’ curry simply means that there is less liquid involved in the cooking process than you would typically associate with curry.
All of Cafe Bombay’s curry or gravy thickens with nuts, coconut, onion, tomato, ginger, garlic, and other Indian spices. We do not use any curry powder. Everything is homemade.
We can adjust spicy levels from 0-10. Please tell us your taste preference before ordering.
Your comments are welcome.