Chicago-based Anupy Singla is a former broadcast journalist turned author and entrepreneur. Her commitment to simple, healthful, family-style cooking were reflected in her first book, The Indian Slow Cooker, named a Top 10 Cookbook of 2011 by The Atlantic, and her newly released second book, Indian for Everyone: The Home Cook's Guide to Traditional Favorites, promises to make Indian cuisine even more accessible to the home cook.
Chicago is lucky to have one of the best-known and largest Desi communities of its kind in North America: On Devon Avenue, between Ravenswood Avenue and California Avenue, you'll find South Asian shops, restaurants and grocery stores galore. I asked Ms. Singla to share her picks for Chicago's best Desi culinary spots - all of which are located on bustling Devon Ave:
Kamdar Plaza, 2646 W. Devon: "Love this place for the freshness and variety of its snack foods. If you want everything from a samosa to chaat, you'll get it here. Their thali, which is a lunch plate with lots of variety, can likely feed you and a friend."
Udupi Palace, 2543 W. Devon: "This is a South Indian restaurant that serves North Indian fare. So, I can enjoy a dosa (lentil crepe), while my kids can order a chana masala with bhatura (spicy north Indian chickpeas and fried bread). The thing I like best about this restaurant? The service is always spot on."
Fresh Farms International Market, 2626 W. Devon: "I adore this place for fresh fruits and veggies and is the ONLY place I go on Devon for them. I can get everything from diced pineapple to Thai chiles, okra, and Indian squash."Patel Brothers, 2542 W. Devon: "[I] love this place for the variety of spices, flour and legumes."
You can learn more about Anupy Singla on her website, IndianAsApplePie.com, where you'll also find info on upcoming cooking classes, recipes and more!