Pasadena: Okra and Curry at Akbar Indian

mango lassi

mango lassi

 

Our original intention was to get pasta at Union in Old Town Pasadena but a full house had us seeking alternatives. I hadn’t been to Akbar Cuisine of India in a few years and decided to try it again.

I started off with a mango lassi while we perused the menu.

samosa chat

samosa chat

 

The samosa chat looked good so we had that as an appetizer. I also wanted the chicken wings being the wings fiend I am but they were out of them.

I loved the thick chutney and the clean tart flavors. It’s a great appetizer to share with two or even more people.

herb naan

herb naan

 

Normally I get garlic naan but Akbar has herb naan which features mint. Well, that seems natural then to pick up an herb naan as our bread for the evening. It made for a less pungent bread that played in the background while the curry took center stage.

lamb saag and mushroom rice

lamb saag and mushroom rice

 

I wanted to love the  mushroom rice more especially since I love mushrooms but it was a bit too oily for me. However the lamb saag was great. The lamb was very tender and I always love a good saag (spinach) curry. We had plenty of leftovers.

okra

okra

 

The surprise sleeper hit was the okra. I started eating okra a few years ago and just started cooking it at home since I love it so much. I was very interested in Akbar’s preparation of it as was almost dry-fried, yet bitingly soft. I know some detest the slime but they should try this slime-free okra.

In the end, I’m glad it worked out but I still want my favorite squid ink garganelli pasta from Union!

Akbar Cuisine of India

44 N Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103  —  (626) 577-9916
 
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