The other day we went to check out a new Indian grocery cum Chaat corner in Phoenix called New India Bazaar. It is a small shop, tucked away in a corner on 7th street and Thomas road. The location is very good and the shop is visible from the road. The place is more of an Indian grocery store and has a small eatery like a chaat corner on one side with an adjoining kitchen. You order your food at the counter and do your grocery shopping while your food is being prepared.
We had heard some good reviews about the snack foods and chaats available here so, ordered two chaats straight away. We ordered tikki chaat and khasta kachori chaat. Other kinds of chaats available are papri chaat, dahi wada etc. All cost around $3-4 a plate. Other snack stuff include samosas, paneer pakoras, stuffed chili pakoras, chicken pakoras and fish pakoras ($2.99-4.99). They also have some small meals like chole baturas, vegetarian thali, non-veg thali ($5.99-7.99). We ordered chole baturas and a non-veg thali along with the chaat.
The food arrived after about 10 minutes. We were the only people at the food corner to begin with but the place soon filled up with two more families with kids. First to arrive were the chaats. The aloo tikkis came topped with chole and tangy green and tamarind chutneys. The tikkis were good. The khasta kachoris also had the same topping, chole, green and tamarind chutney. Then the chole bature arrived and you guessed it; the bature was accompanied by the same chole. The take home message; do not order tikki or kachori chaat with chole bature. You will end up with more chole than you can consume. The chole bature plate had two huge baturas along with chole and mango pickle. The baturas were hot and fluffy, a little tough for my choice but good nevertheless. The mango pickle was amazing. My guess is it was home made, not from a Priya or Bedekar jar.
The non-veg thali came with rice, a kind of bread which was neither naan, nor missi roti, something in between. There was a choice between two kinds of meat, chicken curry or butter chicken and we opted for the latter. The thali also came with fried okra (bhindi), raita (yogurt dish), salad, tangy chutney and a sweet. The quantity of food was sufficient for one adult. The butter chicken was good but tasted more like adraki chicken (ginger chicken) than authentic butter chicken. But at $7.99 a plate, it was good value for money. The rasagulla that accompanied the thali however seemed out of a tin not homemade. This place has a couple of more entrée dishes that we did not manage to try out this time. They sell some Indian Chinese items like chowmein and chicken 65. Also they have a vegetarian pizza topped with paneer. More stuff to try out in our next visit.
Another feature of New India Bazaar is that it sells sweets made at the premises along with the other food listed above. They have a glass counter with all kinds of sweets displayed at the food corner. The top shelf with barfis, kaju-katris, kalakands and dry sweets come from a vendor in LA. The bottom self has rasagullas, gulab jamuns, pethas, chom-choms made in house. Sweets cost about $6.99 a pound. They also have fresh jalebis at the counter and salty snacks (namkeen) like golgappas, nimkis (namak and shakkar para) etc. We bought some jalebis ($4.99 a pound) and golgappas and they were delicious.
Overall, a shop that is selling good food at a great price. All the food listed above come in generous helpings, so you will not feel cheated. There is nothing fancy about the shop. You order at the counter and eat food in Styrofoam or steel trays with plastic cutlery. Water is available at a dispenser and they also sell some Indian soft drinks. The accompanying Indian grocery section has reasonably priced items, a few Indian vegetables, mangoes and some specialty stuff like puja items and steel utensils. A good place to shop and also grab something to bite, especially if you live in Phoenix.
You can reach the shop and chaat corner at:
New India Bazaar
2544, N 7th St
Phoenix AZ 85006
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