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vegetarian Indian restaurant & sweet shop
Rajbhog (meaning a "king's offerings to the gods"), is an all-vegetarian Indian restaurant and sweet shop in Jackson Heights. Many of the items are vegan, including some of the desserts, which are usually made with milk and ghee (clarified butter). Snack items like samosas and veggie patties are always available but daily specials are rotated, thus there is no regular menu available. Typical items include: veggie fried rice, chickpeas, eggplant, okra, chickpea cakes, and lentils.
While most Indian restaurants in NYC specialize in North Indian food, and a sizable number specialize in South Indian fare, Rabjhog spcializes in East Indian food, and offers harder-to find items like patra and dhokla.
The staff is knowledgeable regarding which items are vegan.
on Nov 20 11
(last updated Nov 20 11)
Mark this place closed (permanently).
Most Recent Reviews
I think this might be my new favorite Indian restaurant! Not only were the prices very affordable and the service VERY friendly, I loved that they offered East Indian food, which I had apparently never had before. I've been to quite a few Indian restaurants around the city (and elsewhere), including "Curry Lane" in the village and "Curry Hill" (Murray Hill), but they all seem to serve pretty much the same thing. The guy working at Rajbhog when I visited (the owner, perhaps?) told me they specialize in East Indian fare, which is much harder to come by and he said that a number of their dishes are not served anywhere else in the city.
The guy recommended a number of items for me to try and even gave me a couple free samples of the items I didn't try. My absolute favorite was the patra, which was colocacia leaves, wrapped with Indian spices. It tasted like nothing I've ever had before and it was fantastic. The spicy veggie rice was good, as were the chickpeas, although the chickpeas tasted like pretty much every other order of chickpeas I've ever had. The dhokla was also interesting and is apparently one of their best sellers. It is a savory dough/bread made from chickpea flour but I'm not sure if it's actually gluten-free. Another chickpea dough item I had was this sort of chickpea pasta roll-up, that the guy says is popular. It had a good flavor but I would likely only get it if there were some sort of sauce on it. My lunch combo of rice and two sides (chickpeas and patra) was only $4.50, which was a steal! I also got a to-go container of patra for only $5.
For dessert, I tried two of the cashew-based treats, one with coconut and pistachios and one with chopped nuts and rose petals. Considering that virtually every Indian restaurant uses milk and ghee (clarified butter) in their desserts, I was very happy that this place made a point of offering a few vegan options, which they kept separate from the non-vegan kinds as to not confuse them. While these vegan ones looked and tasted like the non-vegan ones I remember having years ago, I didn't particularly care for them. I think they were well-made, I just find Indian sweets to be hyper sweet and off-putting with their generous helpings of artificial food coloring (pistachios = neon green!). Next time I go, I'll just skip the sweets in favor of an extra order of patra or a samosa. :)
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74 St - Broadway (7)
Jackson Hts - Roosevelt Av (E, F, M, R)
$ - inexpensive