Indian food can be tricky for those of us with Celiac Disease, since many of the dishes contain some form of gluten or are simply served with a gluten-filled side (naan!). Even though a lot of the traditional Indian entrees are naturally gluten free, I’ve found that there is very little awareness of Celiac/Gluten Free dining in general at a lot of Indian restaurants, which always feels tricky with cross-contamination. About a month ago, a rainy Friday had me craving some warm takeout, and I came across Surya Indian Kitchen in Cambridge, MA on the Find Me Gluten Free mobile app. There were a few reviews, all pretty positive, and their online menu indicates a ton of gluten free options (and I mean a ton – every single entrée!). They have an easy online ordering system, it’s super affordable, and they deliver (depending on where you live!).
Since my initial discovery of Surya, we have ordered Friday night takeout from them more times than I’m proud to admit (it’s bad when the delivery guy starts to recognize you). So far, we have tried their gluten free Saag Paneer, their gluten free Chicken Tikka Masala, and their gluten free Paneer Chana Butter Masala. The Saag Paneer is delicious scooped on top of a pile of their basmati rice, but the masalas have become our go-to choices. Dan orders the spicy Chicken Tikka Masala, which is to die for. The chicken is cooked to perfection, it is just spicy enough (he thinks it’s spicy, but I can still eat it – and I don’t handle hot food that well), the flavors are amazing.
The Paneer Chana Butter Masala is probably one of my favorite restaurant dishes ever – and I’ve tried my fair share! I am one of the world’s biggest Paneer fans (big hunks of cheese? Come on!), and I love chickpeas – I’d have chickpeas for every meal if Dan would get onboard. The butter masala sauce is creamy and delicious, and the whole dish tastes unbelievable mixed up with their rice.
The quantities at Surya are also one of the reasons we keep coming back – we are platinum members of the Clean Plate Club (seriously, I think I can count on one hand the number of times I have had restaurant leftovers in the last year…), and we always have enough left after ordering Surya to make up at least part of our lunch the next day. This is pretty amazing, considering it comes in under $30 for both entrees, delivery, and tip. Score!
To sum things up, if you’re looking for the ideal Friday night (gluten free Indian food and Netflix, of course), look no further than Surya. This is my favorite gluten free find in quite some time! Highlt recommend.