The Weekly Dish: Taz Indian Cuisine

The Weekly Dish: Taz Indian Cuisine

By Lauren Dodd and Brandi Haskett

Taz Indian cuisine in Beaumont is a perfect place to take a tasty adventure. Located in the North Park shopping center beside Kirkland’s and Target in Beaumont, Taz offers a lunch buffet seven days a week, as well as dinner entrees. Not a lot of people are familiar with authentic Indian cuisine, and some might even be intimidated to try a new world wonder. But we are here to tell you go out and experience life by trying Taz Indian Cusine.

The lunch buffet includes dhal fry, panner Tikka Masala, potato fry, goat curry, chicken tikka masala and kheer but changes daily at the chef’s discretion. Venkat Muttavarapu, owner and chef, has been cooking since he was a boy, and adds his own spin to some traditional Indian recipes. The shop also boasts several varieties of curries, dals, tandoori kabobs and biryanis.

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Before opening a truly authentic Indian restaurant in Beaumont, the Muttavarapu’s had a diner in Sacramento, where the locals there thrived on the savory dishes and sweet desserts. About nine months ago, Muttavarapu opened the shop with his wife, Brahma near Target in Beaumont, and have been building a fan base ever since.

While a “First-timers” entrée is available during dinner for customers who want to take baby-steps, other main dishes are offered for those who are ready to take the plunge!

We tried a little bit of everything on the lunch buffet.

Mixed Vegetable Pakora

Sliced onions, cabbage, carrots, and peppers fried in lentil batter. Basically, crispy veggies. This stuff was delicious and crunchy. The sweetness from the onions and peppers blended well with the flakey batter.

Chicken-65

Deep fried chicken cooked with spices and yogurt. These were the best chicken bites! The yogurt balances out the spice and leaves a flavorful taste that keeps you wanting more.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Delicious tandoori chicken cooked in a rich tomato butter sauce. The sauce alone makes me jump for joy. Be sure to get an extra helping of Naan (traditional Indian bread) to sop up the savory sauce. If you’re not too keen on spicy foods, let your server know. Taz will gladly adjust spices to suit customers’ taste.

Kheer

Traditional rice pudding made with raisins and nuts, an Indian take on a southern favorite. The raisins and nuts complement the aromatic rice nicely in a sweet, light, milky sauce.

TAZ Indian Cuisine offers a range of culinary delights, which are as varied as the land of India itself. TAZ Indian Cuisine blends the class and refinement of North India with the sauce and spice of the South.

Indian Cuisine 101

Korma (kor·ma):Also spelled “kormaa,” “qorma,” “khorma” or “kurma,” korma is a mildly spiced Indian curry dish of meat or fish marinated in yogurt and spices.

Biryani (bi·ry·a·ni):a highly seasoned rice dish mixed with meat, fish, or vegetables.

Tandoori (tan·door·i):relating to a style of Indian cooking based on the use of a tandoor, or clay oven.

Curry (cur·ry):a dish of meat, vegetables, etc., cooked in an Indian-style sauce of strong spices and turmeric, typically served with rice.

Paneer (pa·nir):a fresh, soft cheese originating in India and made by curdling milk with an acid such as lemon juice.

Dosas:crepe or pancake typically made from rice batter and black lentils

Nan:a type of leavened bread, traditionally cooked in a clay oven.

Pulaos (pi·lau):another term for pilaf, a rice dish flavored with spices often mixed with various meats and vegetables.

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