Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Please note that the meal was complimentary. However, the opinions expressed in my blog are 100% my own!  

 Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Haldi is one the new new venues Michelin-starred Executive Chef Hemant Mathur is devoting his time and talent to grow. Chef Mathur is not unknown to me as I was lucky enough to taste his amazing food at Tulsi in November 2013 (he got a Michelin star there), but without a chance to meet with him. I mean, he has an impressive resume: worked at Bukhara, one of the popular restaurants in Deli that I tried last year; he teamed up to open Devi, getting a Michelin star in 2007, being the first Indian restaurant in the country to get one. I admit that I did not like Devi that since closed, but it was anyway way after Chef Mathur left the restaurant.

 Executive Chef Hemant Mathur at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Executive Chef Hemant Mathur at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

We spoke a bit with Chef Mathur and I was truly pleased to see how nice and humble he is (he was also going from table to table to check with the patrons how the food was). Contrary to Devi or Tulsi, Haldi is more casual.

 Dining room at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Dining room at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

  Dining room at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Dining room at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

  Dining room at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Dining room at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

 Ceiling at  Dining room at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Ceiling at Dining room at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Food wise, the menu is not your usual Indian menu: there are of course traditional Indian dishes like Chicken Tikka Massala or vegetable samosas, but the majority of the dishes were unknown to me. These were regional specialties from Bengal as well as Rajasthan (Marwari). I should also mention the jewish bites and entrées that I have never seen before. So we tried different dishes in a tasting size. With my meal, I tried the different kinds of lassi: mango, salty (made with black salt and cumin) and sweet.

  Mango lassi at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Mango lassi at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

  Mango lassi at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Mango lassi at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

  Salty lassi at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Salty lassi at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

  Salty lassi at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Salty lassi at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

  Sweet lassi at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Sweet lassi at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

  Sweet lassi at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Sweet lassi at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

After we sat, they brought us some papadum with tamarind sauce to open our appetite.

  Papadum at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Papadum at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Then, came our appetizers. The first ones where from Bengal.

Jhal Muri or puffed rice, peanuts, green chutney and tomatoes.

  Jhal Muri at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Jhal Muri at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Lamb egg roll, that is different from the Chinese egg roll and is more similar to a kati roll that had been fried.

  Lamb egg roll at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Lamb egg roll at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

  Lamb egg roll at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Lamb egg roll at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

It was served with a garlic and onion chutney.

  Garlic and onion chutney at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Garlic and onion chutney at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Chingri Malai or shrimp in a coconut and tamarind sauce, served with lachi that is a fried bread similar to puri. 

  Chingri Malai at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Chingri Malai at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

  Lachi bread at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Lachi bread at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Then, we got cheese samosas that are a jewish recipe.

  Cheese samosas at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Cheese samosas at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

All these appetizers were delicious, my favorite being the chingri malai: that sauce was incredibly good!

Then, the entrées came. No chicken tikka massala for me as it is too standard. We had some vegetarian dishes that were succulent. First was the kali dal, made with black lentils and being similar to dal makhni (so creamy, yum):

  Kali dal at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Kali dal at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

  Kali dal at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Kali dal at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

The other one was the Haldi paneer (from Rajasthan). Paneer is cottage cheese; at Haldi, they smother it in a tomato and onion gravy.

  Haldi paneer at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Haldi paneer at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

  Haldi paneer at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Haldi paneer at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

I then could not resist trying the lamb kebab, served with papaya, poppy seeds and habanero pepper.

  Lamb kebab at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Lamb kebab at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

As well as the shrimp ajwai tikka, served in a creamy marinade.

  Shrimp ajwai kebab at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Shrimp ajwai kebab at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

  Shrimp ajwai kebab at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Shrimp ajwai kebab at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Last was chicken makhmura, a jewish entrée. It was diced chicken in an almond-cashew sauce.

  Chicken Makhmura at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Chicken Makhmura at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

We ate our entrées with either rice or some deliciously buttery naan bread.

  Rice at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Rice at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

  Naan bread at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Naan bread at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

We were definitely full after all these dishes, but could not resist to try one of their desserts: misti dhoi that is a custard made of caramelized sugar, reduced milk and yogurt.

  Misti dhoi at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Misti dhoi at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

  Misti dhoi at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Misti dhoi at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Last, we drank a massala chai, that definitely helped digest after such a meal.

 Massala chai  at   Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

Massala chai at Haldi, Indian restaurant in Curry Hill, NYC, New York

This was delicious: Haldi is definitely an Indian restaurant I recommend. The food, quite unusual, was fantastic and with the right amount of heat. I cannot wait to try the other restaurants of Chef Mathur and will certainly go back to Haldi.

Enjoy (I did)!

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