Perhaps what I miss most about Indian cuisine are the dozens of different daals available. There was moong, masoor, chaana and kaali daal, each one more delectable than the next. Sometimes, amma used to make mixed daal, which was a combination of all the different lentils combined. Give it a little dash of tarka, combine it with jasmine rice, a bit of achaar, and you have the most common and simplistic South Asian meal; a week is incomplete without daal chawal for lunch someday in most South Asian households.
Here in America, it is difficult to find lentils, more often than not. Big supermarkets and local grocery stores do not stock it. You can find ready-made daal at some small Indian restaurants, but nothing can beat the daal made at home by amma.
Patel Brothers though has it of course; what kind of an Indian store would not stock Indians’ most consumed dish. They have an assortment of different daals available, displayed in a colorful sequence; red, orange, yellow, white and black.
Besides the daal, Patel Brothers also has brown burlap bags of basmati rice, all sorts of Indian spices for the tarka, and a huge range of Indian chutneys to choose from. Buy either the ready-made lemon achaar, or the tangy chutney made from unripened mangoes, and enjoy a full Indian meal at home.
If you don’t want to go out for the groceries, don’t worry; we’ll bring the groceries to you. Just order what you need from Patel Brothers through avocadonext.com and get your lentils, condiments and other Indian groceries delivered to you on the same day. If your order exceeds store minimum, you can even avail free delivery to your place in Santa Clara, San Jose, Mountain View, Cupertino, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Los Altos, Sunnyvale and Milpitas. Order away and get your daal cooking!