Order Indian and French Takeout From Le Curry in Scarsdale

The grilled chicken is marinated in tumeric, lemon juice, and garam masala.
Photos by John Bruno Turiano

With dining-in at area restaurants no longer an option for an undetermined time, takeout and delivery is what 914 residents have been relying on when they don’t feel like cooking (which, for some, is most any meal…).

For a restaurant like Le Curry that debuted in January, just a few months before COVID-19 shutdown most aspects of regular society, having to rely solely on takeout and delivery isn’t such a bad turn of events. The space has but 8 seats or so plus the well-priced Southern Indian menu and counter-service concept emphasizes to-go eating.

Coconut oil is used in place of butter in dishes such as this chickpea yellow curry.

But don’t let the modest digs and affordable prices have you think there isn’t some serious cooking going on.

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Chef/Owner Jose Kochuveetil is a master in French and Indian culinary. He has a devotion to his culinary craft and experience in a spectrum of world cuisines, having studied under French chefs and worked for the The Taj Hotel Group, Mumbai, at Gulf Hotel Bahrain, and Novotel, Saudi Arabia. 

Flaky, handmade samosas are stuffed with curried potatoes and green peas.

In fact, Kochuveetil became an executive chef at Novotel (working a total of 18 years for the hotel group) and plus served as head chef at restaurants in the United States, United Kingdom, and India. Immediately prior to Le Curry, he was a co-owner and managed Saffron Restaurant Middletown from 2010 to 2018.

Le Curry is Jose’s take on Indian (specifically the Kerala region in the south) and French cuisine (he offers daily specials such as coq au vin and beef bourguignon). 

Tomato and onion-based curry with pork.

“Both the Indian and French cuisines typically use lots of cream, stock, and butter,” says Kochuveetil. “I’ve chosen to alter from traditional preparations for lighter dishes and not do the traditional, heavy dishes most other Indian places in the county are doing.”

His menu is limited, but Kochuveetil just wants to do what he can present at the highest level.

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“I don’t have steak — for that, go to a steakhouse.”

Le Curry
104 Garth Rd, Scarsdale
914.874.5299 (open 4 to 8 p.m. for pickup only; closed Tuesdays)

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