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First Taste: Valley Indian Bistro

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In the ever-changing landscape of Westchester’s Indian dining scene, Valley Indian Bistro is a welcome addition to its part of the county. Taking up residence in the space formerly occupied by Zafran Fusion Indian restaurant, near the intersection of Central Avenue and Tuckahoe Road, its location now affords many area residents the opportunity to avail themselves of fresh southern Indian fare at very reasonable prices—be it dining in, for take-out, or especially with their delivery service.

Photo By Robert Schork

The bhel puri at Valley Indian Bistro​

Chef Dinesh Karuppasamy, formerly of Shukaila, has struck out on his own, shedding the Lebanese offerings of his former establishment and focusing exclusively this time on traditional Indian dishes. All the usual suspects populate the menu. Of particular note among the appetizers is the bhel puri, a popular Indian street food consisting of puffed rice mixed with tomatoes, onions, and well-seasoned vinaigrette.

Additionally, the vegetable pakora are fried to perfection. Valley serves a heaping tower of the fritters featuring a delicate batter with just the right crunch and spice coating a variety of well-cooked veggies.

While the entrées are generously portioned and nicely seasoned, the all-important Indian staples from the tandoor oven are the real stars. The tandoori chicken is not over-salted the way it can often be at casual Indian restaurants; instead, it’s juicy without being greasy, and amazingly tender, with a satisfying charred flavor.

Among the dessert offerings, Valley’s iteration of gajar ka halwa, a warm dessert pudding made from carrots, is a failsafe way to cap a satisfying meal.

Valley Indian Bistro
1550 Central Park Ave, Yonkers
(914) 222-9418; www.valleyindianbistroyonkers.com

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