Eating to Live on the Outside: Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India

It’s been cold and snowy in New Jersey. A trip to California would do me good. So, via the powers of the internet, I’m off to San Diego to drop by Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India. It has potential.

Now, Bombay won’t be winning Eating to Live on the Outside top honors, a lot of the menu is very scary, but a good chunk of it seems okay. Here’s a list of foods that might tickle your fancy:

Kashmiri Salad

  • Mixed greens, onions, mango and green chilies; sounds great, I love mango!

Baby Green Salad

  • Greens with dressing; pretty simple, but dressing on the side.

Kachumber Salad

  • Onions, cucumbers, tomatoes and Serrano chilies, tossed with fresh lemon, oil and chatt masala; the oil is a little iffy, but I’m okay with it.

Sag Bhaji

  • Fresh spinach cooked in creamy onion sauce; spinach is awesome, but hopefully there’s no dairy.

Mixed Vegetable Korma

  • Creamy saffron sauce, garden veggies, almonds, raisins and spices; same deal with the creamy sauce.

Dal Makhani

  • Lentils cooked in spiced sauce; it’s hard to beat lentils!

Channa Masala

  • Garbanzo beans with onion and garlic sauce; beans are fantastic, they’re musical!

Tofu & Peas

  • Garden peas and tofu cooked in a creamy, spicy curry sauce; again with the sauce.

Vegetarian Tikka Masala

  • Chopped veggies cooked in authentic curry sauce; very cool.

Bombay Aloo

  • Potatoes tossed with chopped onions, tomato, cilantro and cumin, seasoned with mild curry sauce; I pretty much like anything with tomatoes.

Sag Aloo

  • Spinach cooked with potatoes and spicy sauce; I dig it.

Aloo Gobi

  • Cauliflower and tomatoes cooked in onion gravy sauce; no problems here.

Vegetable Jahl Frezi

  • Potatoes, bell peppers, cauliflower, peas, carrots and zucchini in a sweet and spicy curry sauce; hooray for zucchini!

Dizzy Noo Shak

  • Bananas marinated in spices and cooked in sweet and spicy coconut curry sauce; I eat more bananas than a monkey!

Eggplant Bhartha

  • Pureed roasted eggplant cooked with spices and peas; its certainly unique and very interesting.

Okra Masala

  • Cooked Okra with roasted cumin, onion, tomatoes, bell peppers and mild curry sauce; I’ve actually never had okra, perfect time to try!

Bombay’s got a lot to choose from. Most of the menu isn’t going to work, but that list isn’t bad. If I had to pick, I’d order the Kashmiri Salad, Vegetable Jahl Frezi or the Channa Masala.

That’s my top three. I always try to pick dishes with the most veggies, specifically greens, but what about you? What looks good to you? Check out Bombay’s menu and let me know. Peace.

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Pat - March 7, 2009 4:09 PM

Love lentils?
Don't have to travel the internet to San Diego.
Stop by the Sunrise Deli (formerly Chesters Market) in East Millstone.
New owners are Lebanese and they make a lentil dish to die for.
There's alot of other good things there to eat without having to resort to the usual "deli" choices.

Sara - March 7, 2009 6:39 PM

Other than the salad, everything on the menu is greasy big time. Anything that says creamy means- dairy, cream. Practically lethal. Veg Jalfrezi and channa masala are better than korma, but I would not risk it. I loved Indian food but when I ate in an Indian restaurant I got sick from the oiliness. I finally learned not to eat Indian food in a restaurant. Have you actually eaten any of this stuf?

Kara - March 7, 2009 9:51 PM

Okra is great! You should definitely try it some time. I'm from south Louisiana where it's pretty much a staple vegetable. My favorite way to have it is cooked down with onions and tomatoes or in a veggie gumbo.

Bill - February 1, 2011 4:57 PM

How about the salt content in indian foods? I think they use a lot of it!

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