EatBeat: House of Punjab brings Indian food to Grand Forks – Grand Forks Herald

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They say they want it to be bright and fun. So the new owners have staged what they call a soft opening of the Punjab House on 32nd Avenue South.

With some friends, I sampled a few dishes from the menu which includes Punjab starters served with rice. And the rice is served with chicken, vegetables, lamb, prawns and goat. There are appetizers, including Gull Gape – a deep-fried bite-sized ball filled with potatoes, chickpeas, onion, cilantro and flavored water.

One of the main dishes is roasted chicken marinated in a special curry sauce with peppers and onions. Many main courses are served with wild rice. The breads are baked in the tandoori oven in 13 different versions, including the tandoori roti wheat flour bread.

In addition to starters and main courses, there are lamb, chicken tikka and chicken skewers.

The restaurant serves breads, sides and desserts. And desserts range from Gulab Jamun – a homemade cake ball dipped in sweet syrup called one of India’s most popular sweets.

Maison du Punjab is operated by a family originally from India. They arrived in New York in 1992. And they moved to the Grand Forks area several years ago.

Among the operators of the new House of Punjab are Paramjit Singh and Jagdish Singh, managers; Tajinder Singh and Jogdeep Singh, chefs.

Some of them first settled in New York where they were mainly engaged in driving taxis. They moved west and found outlets in restaurants.

At the Grand Forks restaurant, they closed the kitchen and changed the seating arrangement. There is new bright carpeting and more artwork.

Simi, a daughter, and Harper, a son, who work in the new restaurant, are also students at UND.

Contact Marilyn Hagerty at [email protected] or by phone at 701-772-1055.

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3000 32nd Ave S.

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Phone: 701-757-0766

Hours: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily

Seats: 80 at the stand and at the tables.

Report card: A brightly decorated new Indian cafe opened in the space where donuts were the main attraction. It opened last week and brings Indian flavor to the Grand Forks restaurant scene.

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