Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Vegan MoFo 2012, Cross Culture's Amazing Lunch Deal

Ok, I can't take credit for creating this meal, but I will accept any and all gratitude for letting the Jerseyites out there in on a little secret.  Not only does Cross Culture have some of the best vegan-friendly Indian food around, but they have an awesome lunch deal.

In lieu of the traditional lunchtime buffet, Cross Culture offers a made-to-order lunch special that consists of the entree of your choice (plenty of veg options to choose from) and rice (hey, I've been to places that it was extra).

It also comes with mixed pakora:

As well as dal:

Naan is also part of the special, but they've never hesitated to substitute roti, which is their only vegan bread option.

I generally order the Aloo Gobhi: fresh cauliflower and potatoes seasoned with Indian spices, cooked to perfection with onions, green peas and tomatoes:

Or the Bhindi Masala: okra sauteed with onions, tomatoes and oriental spices.

And I'd be remiss not to admit that we also usually add the Aloo Tikki: potato patties and green peas flavored with chili peppers and coriander...

Or sometimes the vegetable samosas: three crispy fried turnovers deliciously filled with mildly spiced potatoes and peas.

Let me give you an example of how good Cross Culture's food is: even if you accidently order something you'd never ordinarily choose- in my case, the Baingan Bhartha: eggplant roasted in tandoor cooked with green peas, fresh tomatoes, onions, ginger and garlic, prepare to be pleasantly surprised.  Don't ask me how I inexplicably confused that with the Bhindi Masala, but it wound up being a happy accident because now it will be in our regular rotation.

And do you know what's better than all this?  They have outdoor seating! 

Just so you know, 89 isn't the only dog enjoying the scenery.  She's just the staff's favorite.


  1. Wow, that IS a deal! And now I want samosas!

  2. it all looks awesome, i'm a big fan of indian food!

  3. Looks good. I love Indian food, and I always get aloo gobi, even when I try to force myself to try something different. It's always aloo gobi. Sigh.

  4. Wow that is really a good deal, plus everything looks really good.


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