Rani in Brookline

I just realized that I never blogged about my Sunday dinner on the way back from Foxwoods.  Now I know you guys don’t need to see every bite of food I put in my mouth, but this meal was worth a quick blog post, mainly for you Boston readers out there.  I was still in vacation mode and although I planned a dinner of fish + couscous (which I ended up making for lunch the next day) I got a strong craving for Indian food that I just couldn’t shake off.  Well, I know better than ignoring a craving, so my husband and I decided to hit up an Indian restaurant for our favorite: chicken tikka masala.  I know I know, so American!  I feel silly that that’s the only thing I ever order at Indian restaurants, but it’s just SO GOOD!

Anyways, we were originally going to go to a place in Washington Square in Brookline (that’s where our friends live so we were in the area) but parking in Brookline is not always easy.  After doing a few rounds around the block, we gave up and headed home.  But wait, there are a few more places in Coolidge Corner!  Yes yes, let’s go there!

We’ve been to Rani before for their lunch buffet.  Indian buffets are actually a wonderful way to taste a bunch of new things, although with my onion aversion it’s not always easy.  I seem to recall there were only a few dishes “safe enough” for me to eat.  Luckily there is always a chicken tikka masala or something like it present at every Indian buffet.  We liked the place a lot and decided to give it another go on Sunday.

The place is even more cozy during dinner, as the dim lights really create a comfortable ambiance.  And yes, I ordered my favorite chicken dish, but first I stepped a little out of my Indian comfort zone and instead of the usual samosa (love those!) I ordered the Sabzi Pakora: potatoes, carrots, cauliflower and chili dumplings served in a spicy sauce.  Did it say fried anywhere?  I didn’t think so, but fried it was.  Here is my half of the appetizer:

Rani app

Delicious, but FRIED!  I’m not a big fried food fan.  Love samosas, though.  I think they’re fried too, but they don’t taste fried.

On to the star of the show: my beloved chicken tikka massala with basmati rice and panneer naan.  All of it was amazing!  Actually the chicken was a little dry but the amazing sauce more than made up for it.  I practically licked the plate clean :)

Rani chicken tikka masala

Oh, in the other little dish is some kind of chickpea thing that they serve with every entree.  It was nice, but I didn’t eat all of it.  There is a lot of food on that plate!

My husband got the lamb chutney gosht.  He (not so secretly) wanted to order chicken tikka masala too, but we don’t like being those people that order identical meals.  So I won and ordered the chicken and let him have a bit of the sauce.  He said the lamb was delicious.  I wouldn’t know, I’m not a lamb eater, but next time I think I may let him order the chicken and I’ll get something vegetarian.  All the paneer dishes sounded incredible!

Do you guys like Indian food?  What’s your favorite dish?

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10 comments to Rani in Brookline

  • LOVE Indian food. ALWAYS order chicken tikka masala :) Have you tried tanjore in harvard square? it’s among my favorite indian places i have found in the boston area. kashmir on newbury street is really yummy too, but slightly more pricey- not too bad though. i’ve also heard (from indian people!) that shalimar in central square is good but have yet to try that- will let you know once i try it.
    can you tell indian is my favorite cuisine EVER? it is. :)

    • Elina

      Inna, thanks for all the restaurant recommendations! I’ve passed by Kashmir a million times and it always looks good but somehow I still haven’t tried it. I’m glad to have a new blog friend from Boston – we can swap restaurant ideas! :)

  • I’ve only tried a few Indian dishes here and there. Naan bread is tasty, that is for sure! I’ve tried Indian rice too, which I really enjoyed, since it was loaded with lots of tasty things that I wouldn’t think rice could be paired with. Plus, it was full of flavor!

    Glad you enjoyed it overall though!

  • K

    It’s official, I’m the ONLY blogger who has never experience the wonderful cuisine that is Indian! That dinner sounds pretty fabulous :)

  • Elina

    OMG, K, you HAVE TO try Indian food! You know my favorite dish 😉

  • You should definitely try Kashmir! And I’ll try Rani!

  • Mark loves Indian food, but I’ve only been to an Indian restaurant once. Reading blogs has gotten me more cuirous though and given me more knowledge about what everything is.

  • ooh, i like chix tikka massala, but i think my fav so far is saag paneer :)

  • RANI IS SO GOOD!!!!

    Try their chicken 65, shrimp balchow appetizers!!!
    I’ve basically had all of their spicy curries, ALL good!!!
    and the tavva macchi (the sea bass) is amazing as well!!!
    :]

  • Elina

    Oh that’s great to know! Thanks for the tips!! I’ll definitely try these dishes next time we’re there :)

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