Pearls: 5 out of 5
We love Natraj.
We love it so much, we are almost reluctant to talk about it, for fear that too many people start going and we won't be able to get a table.
Last night we had the Natraj Lamb (Similar to Lamb Kashmiri but with mushrooms), the Chicken Biryani, Garlic Naan, and Samosas. The spiciness levels are mild, medium, hot, and Indian hot. We ordered everything medium, which is still quite spicy by Minnesota standards.
Our other favorites are the Lamb Korma, the Saag Paneer, and the Aloo Gobi Mutter. I would, however, recommend anything and everything on the menu.
Even Vegetarians and Vegans will have an impossible time deciding what to order; those of us who eat anything, well, we just go into a tizzy. If you like lamb, you'll think you've died and gone to heaven. I almost always go for one of the lamb dishes, myself. Those partial to seafood will have some difficult choices to make as well - my favorite is the Coconut Shrimp.
Here are some helpful descriptions of some of our favorites, which I am copying from the menu:.
Saag Paneer - Paneer (soft Indian cheese) cooked with Spinach, herbs, and spices in a creamy sauce.
Korma - a velvety-spiced sauce, enriched with groundnuts, cream, and butter.
Kashmiri - a cream and tomato sauce with pineapple, almonds, raisins and nuts.
Vindaloo - meat is marinated in spices and seasonings and is then cooked in the marinade with fried onions and garlic.
Aloo Gobi Mutter - Cauliflower, green peas, and potatoes, sauteed with herbs and spices.
Biryani - an elaborate rice pilaf made by cooking meat and/or vegetables separately as korma and then added to fragrant Indian basmati rice, and served with raitha (a yogurt sauce).
Lassi - a drink made from yogurt, very cooling after a spicy meal. The mango is especially good!
Natraj India Kitchen
1123 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408
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