Monday, May 30, 2011

India Gourmet - Chicken Tikka Masala Wrap

Back when I first discovered India Gourmet, a purveyor of Indian foods based out of Watsonville, I only tried them because they forced a sample upon me. I still remember taking that first bite of the Chicken Tikka Masala and then moving right into the line. I fell in love with the sample and brought a huge container home with me. I stopped for lunch at the Stonestown Farmer's Market on Sunday, and rather than taking a container home with me I decided to eat lunch there and ordered the Chicken Tikka Masala Naan Wrap.

The Naan Wrap is a great take-away food because it's served burrito style in a silver aluminum wrap, so it's perfect for munching and walking around the market. But it's most definitely not a burrito. The base of the wrap is India Gourmet's delicious Naan bread, which is made on-site at the market so it's fresh, warm, and delicious. Layered on the bread is a serving of basmati rice and then the filling of your choice between lamb curry, Chicken Tikka Masala, eggplant, chickpeas, or mixed vegetables. I chose the chicken and the woman making my wrap dished out a huge scoop.

The tikka is so creamy that it almost feels like a korma. The sauce is rich, slightly sweet, and little bit on the mild side. The chicken, having stewed in the sauce for a long time, is tender without being mushy and practically melts in my mouth. This is definitely not a low-calorie or health conscious sauce but it's oh-so-good! The naan soaks it up, and my wrap seems to improve with each bite.

Naturally I can attempt to compare the India Gourmet's Tikka Masala with that of one of my favorite food trucks, Curry Up Now, but they are so incredibly different it might not be fair. India Gourmet offers a much richer, creamier sauce that is the focus of their dish while CUN's highlight is the intense spiciness. They each are so unique that it's almost hard to call them the same dish. If you enjoy the Tikka Masala burrito of Curry Up Now, don't go to India Gourmet expecting something similar, but instead open your palate to try something new.

Rating: 4/5 (ratings guide)

India Gourmet, $7.00 for one wrap.

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  1. Will try the chicken tikka masala next time and at $7 for a meal, it isn't bad at all.

  2. I hope you like it! The chicken tikka rice bowl is pretty good too!


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