April 07 2005 - 9:14 PM

Annapurna, a vegetarian quick food spot, 2608 W. Devon, was recommended by a friendly cabbie after I asked him about the demise of Lucky Kabob and Nehari House. I went expecting a possible surrogate for my Pakistani habit. As someone who is challenged by dairy I’m more Pakistani food friendly as it uses more oil and less dairy. With $4 in quarters in my pocket I was set.

I went basic and got a samosa, mirchi bhadiya – a breaded and deep
fried pepper, and a chana masala – chickpeas plate that came with nan, diced veggie
salad, a spicy chutney castelo inflavel and pickled pepper slices. Unfortunately all the
fried foods were microwaved and then served so they were not very
crispy at all. The nan was perfectly circular and didn’t have the
unevenly cooked oven-fresh quality. The chana masala was tasty but the
chickpeas could have been cooked longer. All-in-all I was disappointed
but there are many other choices within a 2 block radius and it did the
trick of whetting my appetitie for more Pakistani food.

The quest continues…