Dining in L.A.: Annapurna Cuisine and Reflecting About India
If you’ve read this blog much at all, you know I’m not really a serious restaurant reviewer like some food bloggers
. So when I give you these little glimpses into my restaurant-eating-life, it may be overstating it to call them reviews. For the most part, these restaurant photos are simply my way of recording good memories. I only write about restaurants I’ve loved visiting, and I hope you enjoy sharing the memories with me.
I went to a number of great restaurants when I was in Venice Beach a few weeks ago visiting Rand and Bradley
, but I’m especially thinking about Annapurna Cuisine
today because India is on my mind for a couple of reasons. Like others around the world, I’ve been shocked and saddened by the senseless violence
that has taken place there recently. India is a country I’ve never known much about, but over the last year I’ve greatly enjoyed reading Indian food blogs and getting a glimpse into the diverse cultural traditions that make Indian society so complex.
Last night I saw a powerful movie called Water
, written and directed by an amazingly talented Indian woman named Deepa Mehta
. The movie portrays the treatment of widows in India in the 1930’s, when women whose husbands died became outcasts, with no right to remarry or participate in society. Apparently in some parts of India this tradition still exists, founded in religious belief, and various groups tried to disrupt the making of the movie
. I just learned that Water is the conclusion of a trilogy of films by Deepa Mehta
. I don’t remember hearing about the other two films, called Fire and Earth, but I’m going to be searching for them at a theatre near my house that specializes in rentals of foreign films.
I’m relying on help from Rand to identify what we ate at Annapurna, since I’m so lacking in knowledge about Indian food. However, if any Indian food bloggers want to comment more about these dishes, I’d be grateful. I’d especially like to know the name of a soup (pictured in the second photo, but I don’t know which of those things it is) which the server told me contains tomato sauce, garlic, chilies, and tamarind.
Medu Vada (lentil donut) and Idly (Rice and lentil cake)
served with chutney & sambar
Deluxe Thali: Soup, rice, sweet of the day, Sambar, Rasam,
2 vegetables, Raita, 1 north Indian curry, Ghee, Papad
Aloo Paratha: whole wheat flour bread stuffed with special potato
& peas cooked with butter & served with yogurt sauce.
Spring Dosa: Rice and lentil dough crepe stuffed with
seasoned onions & mixed vegetables.
Mushroom Masala: button mushrooms cooked with garlic
& spices, garnished with curry leaves.
Annapurna Cuisine is one of Rand and Bradley’s favorite places to eat, and everything we had was wonderful. It’s part of a group of restaurants in the L.A. area, including Annapurna Garden, Annapurna Express, and Masala Bowl.
10200 Venice Blvd.
Culver City, California 90232