Authentic Indian Cuisine with Pure Indian Spices Served at Anita’s Kitchen | Food | Fold | The Weekly Source


“Tit is Indian food made with love and praise, divine food. ”

This is how Anita Chopra describes what happens in her new food cart in Bend. Anita’s Kitchen opened a few months ago and so far, according to owner Chopra, there has been a “really good” response to her gourmet Indian cuisine, as she calls it.

  • Courtesy of Anita’s Kitchen
  • Anita’s Kitchen serves authentic Indian cuisine from a cart on 3rd Street.

Indian cuisine has a long history and Chopra has been cooking her family’s favorite Indian dishes all her life. As her children grew up and left for college, she found that she was failing to feed people.

“I want to be busy now and no one is home right now,” she said. Chopra goes on to explain how her food cart was born. “There was no one to love and cook for at home and I love to cook and feed people, and I wanted more interaction with people.”

Since Chopra and her husband own Cascade Lodge and the property the motel is on at 420 SE 3rd Street, she thought parking a food cart on the premises made sense. While the main cooking is done in the kitchen of Bend’s busy commissary, Prep, Chopra prepares and serves food in her comfortable cart on 3rd Street six days a week.

Fresh ingredients, robust flavors and mouth-watering scents are the mantra of Anita’s Kitchen. Classics such as Butter Chicken are already immensely popular with regular Chopra customers. The dish, as legend has it, was created late at night for a VIP guest at a restaurant in Old Delhi with what the chef had on hand: leftover chicken, generous amounts of butter, tomato and garam masala (a blend of ground spices that varies across India).

Chopra says other favorites on the menu include her Masala Chai tea, lamb curry, Dal Makhani (black lentils cooked in butter and spices), among others. You’ll also find the traditional Tandoori Chicken on the menu, which is chicken marinated in yogurt and spices and roasted in a clay oven known as a tandoor.

The very popular butter chicken.  - WITH THE AUTHORIZATION OF ANITA'S KITCHEN

  • Courtesy of Anita’s Kitchen
  • The very popular butter chicken.

Other Anita’s Kitchen choices include samosas, one of India’s most famous snacks, as well as Channa Bhatura, chickpeas, and fried Indian bread. She also serves Gobi Aloo, which is cauliflower and potatoes cooked in spices, and Palak Paneer, a dish made with spinach and Indian cheese paneer. Each main course at Anita includes a naan, the Indian white bread baked with flour or basmati rice on the side. Diners can complete the meal with Gulab Famun, fried dough balls soaked in sugar syrup.

To sip something alongside that delicious lunch or dinner, drink options include a salty or sweet Lassi, which is yogurt mixed with water with a choice of salt or sugar, and Shikanji, a fresh lemonade mixed in. with various salts and peppers. There is also the perfectly spiced chai tea.

For now, she’s not thinking beyond the current business. “I don’t have any plans other than what I’m doing at the wagon right now, at least not yet,” she said.

Anita’s Kitchen is open six days a week from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. They are closed on Tuesday. You can pre-order over the phone or on the website and pick up the food from the cart or have it delivered through Door Dash. There are also seats outside.

If you are already familiar with Indian cuisine, you will enjoy Anita’s delicious homemade version of traditional dishes. If you are new to Indian cuisine, her food is a wonderful entry into the world of Indian spices, flavors and techniques.

Gourmet Indian cuisine from Anita’s Kitchen
420 SE 3rd Street, Bend


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