Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Sarasota Food Blog - SRQ Chew - Flavors of India

When I walk into Flavors of India restaurant, the smells of fresh ground spices that are Southern India fill my senses.

Chefs /owners, Lijo (pictured above left) and Narayanan (pictured below) from Kerala, India near Bombay opened Flavors of India a little over a year ago, Sarasota welcomed them warmly. Based on reviews I have seen, Sarasota is embracing their take on Indian cuisine.

Chef Lijo and Narayanan love what they do and are eager to share a menu inspired by their childhood. The result is authentic regional excellence. Chef Lijo, Narayanan and staff are all part of the welcoming atmosphere of the restaurant.

Here you will find just a few of my images of plates I tasted on my many visits to Flavors of India. I always crave the chicken tikka masala, cabbage thoran, their chicken '65 with a side of naan bread and lemon rice. But what makes Flavors of India so special is their Indian street food. Pan Poori is a street snack of India also known as chaat. Chaat consists of a round, lightly fried crisp called poori. One can fill the poori with a mixture of tamarind chutney, chili, chaat masala (spice powder mix), potato, onion, chickpeas, and a squeeze of lemon. The street snack is truly fresh and hits all the notes and textures on your palate.

If you love Indian food or don't know you love it yet, Flavors of India is a fantastic place to try. Located on Tamiami Trail. Open 11:30 -3 pm for lunch.  3 pm -10 pm for dinner. Closed on Tuesdays.

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Photos by Kyra Barger of Faso Photography

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