Karavalli Heats Up the Capital Region

| September 14, 2012

Karavalli is a seashore region in south India. Their namesake is an extraordinary and unique Indian restaurant—a virtual gourmet tour of the many and diverse regions of India. Headed up by a team of specialty chefs, each producing fare from their own homeland, this is truly an experience to remember.

Located in Latham, NY, and with sister establishments in Saratoga and Nanuet, Karavalli combines high-quality ingredients with fresh herbs and whole spices to create a menu that includes a vast array of traditional cooking from the sub-continent. Drawing many adventurous diners and tourists alike, this fine establishment is a hotbed of activity and a delight for the senses.

You are welcomed by a Nettipattam which is traditionally meant for the forehead of an elephant, giving the entire establishment a regal quality and meant to bring prosperity and peace as it represents the Hindu gods in entirety.

Of course you can get the standard Indian fare here, but the some of the highlights are to be found in the non-traditional. The Masala Dosai (filled with potato) and the Kurkuri Bhindi (Spiced crispy okra with chat masala, lime and fresh cilantro) are a great way to get your journey started. For those who are not big fans of okra, this will not only change your mind, but will definitely have you coming back for more—a delicate and unique preparation that changes all the rules. If that doesn’t tickle your funny bone, then take a swim with the Bagari Jhinga (a must try shrimp dish cooked in a tangy sauce with mustard).

Along with some of these dishes are the classics and always delicious choices like the Sheekh Kabob (skewered tender rolls of spiced ground lamb) and Mulligatawny Soup (soup made with lentils and vegetables).

For the main courses, it is hard to go wrong with the Chettinadu Rack of Lamb (rack of lamb grilled in the tandoor and cooked with spicy peppercorn sauce with roasted coconut). Cooked to perfection amidst a searing heat, the results are stellar! Heading over to the Punjab side, the Chicken Malai Kabab (chicken marinated in yogurt, ginger and white pepper) recommended with one of their many biriyani selections, will have even the most stringent Indian food connoisseur adorned with a smile.

With an extensive vegan and vegetarian menu as well, Karavalli truly has something to get excited about for even the pickiest eater. Focusing on high-quality and authentic Indian cuisine, Karavalli is hands-down the best Indian food you will find in the Capital Region.

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