What you’re getting: Chicken Tikka Poutine
This is Indian food with a hip-hop-ya-don’t-stop attitude -- take the poutine, drenched in beef gravy, something you wouldn’t traditionally do in most Indian households because the cow is considered sacred in Hindu culture, but something you’re damn sure glad Badmaash does because IT’S DELICIOUS. The menu pays homage to traditional favorites (the butter chicken is spectacular, and comes with a fresh pat of butter melting into the tomato-gravy abyss), but also features fresh improvisations on those greats, like a lamb burger and a mango chutney-smothered pork belly. Also worth the stomach space: the 2-Bite Fish Fry and the dahi puri.
What you’re getting: Dahi Sev Puri
If you’re in India and you’re going to meet up with some friends for a quick bite, you visit one of the many “chaat” houses in town. If you’re in Artesia, you come here, where a steaming up of masala chai (sweetened or unsweetened... so, unsweetened) or Indian-style filter coffee accompanies a cornucopia of “chaat” or snacks.
The chaat include everything from potato croquettes in a split-pea curry (Ragda Pattis) to the Dahi Sev Puri, which stuffs tiny deep-fried wheat pillows with green mung beans, potato, and black chickpeas, drizzles them all with sweet mint and tamarind chutneys, then tops the whole thing off with a dollop of cool, creamy yogurt and a pinch of deep-fried chickpea strings. The combo of cool, hot, creamy, and crunchy is addictive/kinda the best thing ever.