Raj Poot

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The Husband is obsessed with Indian food and claims that the best kind is found in Britain (of course, he’s never actually been to India). ๐Ÿ™‚

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Tonight we went to dinner at a highly recommended Indian restaurant called Raj Poot.

 

I was a little nervous about the food.  I typically prefer Thai to Indian (I thought I didn’t like curry).  However, the place had a lot of ambiance and many, many awards on the wall, which set me at ease!

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I let the Husband do the ordering.  He requested the Raj Poot vegetables:  eggplant, bindi, new potatoes, chick peas, and selected spices cooked in a thick sauce:

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As well as the Lobra Korma:  cauliflower, mushroom, green peas, and potatoes simmered in sauce of browned onion, ground spices and coconut powder

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We split those two dishes along with a serving of Pulao rice.

 

On the side, we had Peshwari Nan, which is leaved bread stuffed with nuts and raisin.  I could’ve made an entire meal out of this bread!

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I was BLOWN AWAY by Raj Poot!  I really did not think I liked Indian food, but the Lobra Korma was especially amazing.  

 

As I typically do when eating ethnic food, I made sure to order the nation’s beer.  I had a Cobra, which was delicious (I do not like Kingfisher beer – another Indian beer – at all, just an FYI for you beer drinkers out there):

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SO satisfying…  And despite all the food I consumed, it didn’t weigh me down or make me feel overfull (although I’m sure I technically was!).

 

We stopped off at a few British pubs afterwards.  The Husband was thirsty!  I decided to practice some beer moderation and got the 1/2 pint on the right.

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The pub itself was super tiny and cute.  I would totally hang out at this joint if I lived in Bath (it was called The Green Street Tree, I think).

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Tomorrow, we have a BIG DAY PLANNED!

 

  • Wake up and run.
  • Take train to Manchester.
  • Check into our new hotel (we’re only staying one night).
  • Go to the Manchester United Football game!!! We have 4th row seats!

 

VERY excited about going a real live football game.

 

Have you ever had Indian food?  Do you like it?  What other ethnic foods do you like?

{ 69 comments }

 

  • Lisa December 29, 2009, 5:40 pm

    I haven’t had much Indian food, but I’ve liked what I have had. There’s a cute little restaurant in the East Village that is filled with ‘christmas’ lights of all sorts and you can hardly walk through it standing straight cause there is so much stuff! It is great food and pretty cheap though, so it’s worth the crouching!

    Have fun at the Football game!

  • Christy December 29, 2009, 5:55 pm

    I haven’t had Indian food but you’ve made me wanna try it for sure! And tomorrow sounds like a blast with the football game!

  • Evan Thomas December 29, 2009, 5:57 pm

    Well now I know if I ever need good Indian not to make the silly mistake of going to India, haha.
    When I was still a heavy meat eater, I loved loved loved Greek food. Now I’m definitely more of an Indian fan, though the most authentic I’ve had has come from the Whole Foods salad bar.

  • Kelly (the Running Phoodie) December 29, 2009, 6:00 pm

    Oooh I am jealous of your “football” tickets. I love watching European soccer and have never understood why the sport is the most popular in just about every country around the world except in the US! Have fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The Hot and Fit December 29, 2009, 6:01 pm

    Caitlin I am SO SO SO jealous you are seeing the Man U match tomorrow!!! You are going to have such a fabulous time!!

    As for Indian food – I discovered it this summer, and I LOVED it! I totally agree about the Nan!

  • The Linz December 29, 2009, 6:04 pm

    OMG ~ I LOVE Indian food! It’s super fun to make at home too. You can find lots of the sauces in the store and just throw in some veggies. And the NAAN – yum! So glad to hear you liked it. Now I’m craving curry!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite December 29, 2009, 6:05 pm

    I haven’t had Indian food in ages! I wouldn’t even know what to order!

    That food looks great!

  • Britt (Runnerbelle) December 29, 2009, 6:05 pm

    I think the best Indian food I’ve had was in Scotland actually. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yum, so good!

    Looks like an awesome meal!!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 29, 2009, 6:06 pm

    SO, SO jealous of your spa experience in Bath!! Looks awesome!

    I love Indian food– I think I could eat it 5-6 times a week if we had a good restaurant close.

  • Amy December 29, 2009, 6:09 pm

    I love Indian food and miss England for its ethnic choices! That naan made my mouth water! Make sure you’re not late for the football match. We were late once because we couldn’t find parking and the fans hated us! They take their football seriously!

  • Leah @ Simply fabulous December 29, 2009, 6:09 pm

    Indian food in England is the best i’ve ever had. I LOVE it.

    Hope Man U win for your sake!

  • Leah @ L4L December 29, 2009, 6:10 pm

    I adore Indian food! So much so that I went to India for 6 weeks to experience the real thing! I love bhindia masala and mutter paneer. And I prefer north Indian cuisine to south Indian.

  • Madeline @ greensandjeans December 29, 2009, 6:12 pm

    Thai and Indian are probably tied for first in my book! I’m a liverpool girl myself, but for your sake go Man U!

  • Jenna December 29, 2009, 6:20 pm

    Indian food looks great!

  • Kailey December 29, 2009, 6:24 pm

    oh goodness indian food is my love so basically this post is food porn to me ๐Ÿ™‚ glad you enjoyed the indian place so much ๐Ÿ˜€ seems like your having a blast!

  • kirsten December 29, 2009, 6:26 pm

    I’ve only had Indian once and I didn’t love it, this post inspired me to try it again!! It looks like you guys are having an amazing time! Enjoy the rest of the trip!!

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal December 29, 2009, 6:38 pm

    Ok this is random but your husband totally looks like my brother in that first picture. I’ve always seen a resemblance, but this time it’s uncanny!! Eerie, even. Just without a beard.

    Anyway, that Indian food looks and sounds delicious! So glad you liked it. Sounds like you’re having a wonderful time.

  • Jen December 29, 2009, 6:38 pm

    yum! love indian food, there are a lot of good restaurants and take away places in edinburgh so we have it a lot. it’s my family’s christmas eve tradition to have indian take-away and this year me and my mum split the channa masala (chickpea masala) – sooo insanely good. hope you have a fab time at the football!

  • Meg C. December 29, 2009, 6:39 pm

    glad you liked the indian food! it’s great for vegetarians – so many good options and flavors. i always overeat when i have indian food. i want to taste it all!

  • Kasey December 29, 2009, 6:42 pm

    I have eaten Indian food just a couple times and some things were great and other just okay. I think my problem is I have no idea what to order! Your food looks great ๐Ÿ™‚
    I love almost anything Thai!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 29, 2009, 6:51 pm

    Never had Indian food, but I LOVE Thai food. Did you ever go to Thai Place in Shadyside? It’s amazing – known all over the country.

    • caitlin December 30, 2009, 2:40 am

      yes! many times ๐Ÿ™‚ delish.

  • Juli December 29, 2009, 6:51 pm

    Okay. So far I’m the only one who thinks “Raj Poot” sounds pretty funny. Yes, I’m acting like a 13 year old, but I’m okay with that.
    The only Indian food I’ve ever tried is the frozen meals from Amy’s. I credit them with broadening my horizons, though. I would try a real restaurant if I came upon one now.

    • Saima December 29, 2009, 10:10 pm

      Raj Poot may be a derivative of the rajputs!! The Rajputs were known for being excellent soldiers and ruled many states in India for many centuries!!

      • caitlin December 30, 2009, 2:41 am

        saima is right, but so is juli – raj poot sounds funny!! LOL rajpoot’s website has a really good intro to the history of the rajputs.

  • liane December 29, 2009, 6:52 pm

    I’m so jealous of your trip, what an amazing time.
    As for food, I’ll eat just about anything, and love pretty much all ethnic foods. Thai is my fav though, followed closely by Indian!

  • Kristie December 29, 2009, 7:01 pm

    I’m definitely a lover of Indian food, but truthfully I’ve never met an ethnic food I didn’t like ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Lee December 29, 2009, 7:07 pm

    I love Indian food, but curry is not my favorite type. I pretty much like all ethnic food – Mediterranean being my favorite.

  • Helga December 29, 2009, 7:07 pm

    Oh,Iยดm so jealous about the game tomorrow! I would love to see Man U at Old Trafford. Have a great time!

    I’ve never really tasted proper Indian food but I really like Thai and most of all I looooove sushi!

  • Sana December 29, 2009, 7:13 pm

    I love indian food! I hate that people instantly think of curry when they think of Indian food. If you go to India, curry is very rare. My mom is from Pakistan and cooks traditional Indian/Pakistani food every day. She has never made curry and I don’t even think she owns curry powder!!

  • Nicole December 29, 2009, 7:21 pm

    I LOVE Indian food!
    I’m Puerto Rican so I obviously love Latin and Caribbean type foods. (Puerto Rican food is very similar to Cuban food–since you’re from the Miami area I’m sure you know Cuban food)

    I am so happy to live vicariously through you at the Man U game tomorrow. Dennis has been telling me he wants to take me to England and to a Man U game. Have fun!!!

  • Erin December 29, 2009, 7:35 pm

    I love *all* ethnic foods — Indian, Thai, Japanese, Korean, Ethiopian, Peruvian… on and on and on! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Danielle December 29, 2009, 7:41 pm

    Haha, I have never been to India but England did have the best Indian food that I’ve ever tasted! Totally agree with that husband of yours ๐Ÿ™‚

    As for your other question, I am an “ethnic” food queen. Honestly love it all, what a delicious world we live in!

  • ashleigh December 29, 2009, 7:47 pm

    I love when I am at a veggie restaurant and can eat anything but it is always SO hard to decide!!!

    I have never tried indian food, but people always tell me that I would like it bc i love spicy food and chickpeas. I love mexican and greek but that’s about as ethnic as i get!

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad December 29, 2009, 7:54 pm

    I looooove indian food! Thai is definitely my favorite though.

  • Bridget December 29, 2009, 8:04 pm

    I am LOVING reading about your trip!!
    I think I would like some of the NON-curry items, but curry is one thing I can’t stand! I can’t even stand the smell so I avoid Indian restaurants at all costs…I’ve had naan though and its delish haha. LOVE Thai though ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Erin December 29, 2009, 8:11 pm

    I am obsessed with Indian food. It is SO good! I usually get Bhaigan Bartha (spelling is totally wrong of course) which is Indian for “holy frigging frig this eggplant dish is so good.” Glad you liked it!

    I am loving this living vicariously through your blog vacation to England! Thanks for blogging the trip Caitlin ๐Ÿ™‚

  • caronae December 29, 2009, 8:47 pm

    I love Indian food! I’m glad you liked yours ๐Ÿ™‚
    I like palak paneer the most. I eat a lot of persian dishes which are good, but I also love Thai, Indian, Japanese, Italian, mayan, mexican. I like a lot of things!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) December 29, 2009, 8:58 pm

    I love indian food and especially a mango lassi to drink. And naan is to die for.

  • Little Aspects December 29, 2009, 9:27 pm

    I love some Indian food – I prefer the South Indian style over the North Indian style, and I don’t like “anglo-Indian” (butter chicken style dishes and the like). Indian food is so good for vegetarian options though – love me some dahl and anything with chickpeas! That Raj Poot vegetable dish sounds divine! My current favourite cuisine at the moment though is Vietnamese – so light and fresh!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) December 29, 2009, 10:09 pm

    I’ve never had Indian food before.. the texture sort of freaks me out for the most part and I’m a scaredy-cat haha. I’ve heard it’s delish though, and that naan certainly looks like it to me!

  • Carolyn December 29, 2009, 10:19 pm

    I’ve had Indian a couple of times, and so far I’m just kind’ve “eh” about it.

  • MegaNerd December 29, 2009, 10:20 pm

    Jason and Zach are so jealous that you guys are going to a Man U game tomorrow!!!

  • Kristina December 29, 2009, 10:25 pm

    My boyfriend and I are curry addicts, and ate as much of it as we could during our last 3 week trip to the UK. I’ve mentioned the Curry Mile before on your blog. It’s in Rusholme, Manchester, and it’s amazing! The place you ate at today looks incredible!!

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen December 29, 2009, 10:28 pm

    I haven’t had a ton of Indian food, but what I’ve had I’ve enjoyed. Otherwise, I’m pretty boring…I love me some Italian, Mexican, American, and Asian. I know there’s supposed to be a great place close to where we live, and I’m feeling an urge to check it out now!

  • Karla December 29, 2009, 10:34 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE India food!
    I went to India for a month and was in complete heaven food-wise! Everyone knew me as the girl who loved paneer!

  • Jenny December 29, 2009, 11:00 pm

    I’ve never tried Indian food, but I really would like to. I’m also interested in trying Thai!

    I love sushi and Japanese style restaurants, that’s about as far as my “ethnic food experience” goes ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Blair December 29, 2009, 11:20 pm

    I loooove indian food! And the husband is right, England has some amazing indian options. I spent a semester living in London and reading all your posts makes me miss it so much! Glad to see you’re having an amazing time.

  • Christa December 29, 2009, 11:29 pm

    OMG! You have ManU tickets??? Lucky lass! Although I’m a Liverpool supporter who is crying in her beer right now. Or make that a John Smith Extra Smooth.

    I’ve been following your travels in the UK and the photos of the Indian food had me licking the screen. Must clean that screen now. Thanks so much for posting!

  • Georgia December 30, 2009, 12:02 am

    For what it’s worth (very little?!) I thoguth I didn’t like Indian food either til I ate some in London….

    I was BLOWN AWAY! So.. good…

  • Baroque Diva December 30, 2009, 12:41 am

    Love the Indian food pics! Question for you: Could you answer how much exercise gear you bring on vacation? I travel a lot, and never bring enough work-out wear, and it gets dirty so quickly… washing clothes in a hotel room is so difficult! Thanks for any suggestions!

    • caitlin December 30, 2009, 2:43 am

      haha um, the answer is “not enough.” i packed two pairs of running pants, a short sleeved tech t, a long sleeved tech t, and a hoodie. i’ve worn the same pants, short t, long t, and hoodie on every single run. oh, i also packed two sports bras. i just re-wear stuff and occasionally wash it in the sink. we’re going to have a chance to do laundry in a few days – thank god!

  • Sara December 30, 2009, 1:06 am

    I was completely in the dark about Indian food until I came upon some frozen ones a few years ago: I LOVE all of Amy’s Kitchen Indian meals; their Vegetable Korma (dairy- and soy-free!) is a little harder to find but especially insanely good. (http://amys.com/products/images/400/00250.jpg)

  • Ally December 30, 2009, 3:53 am

    I have Indian food pretty rarely (I’m a Thai girl too), but my GOD – Peshwari Naan is the SHIZ. I would happily eat just that naan for an entire meal.

    The ones I’ve had here (Australia) stuff the naan with dates, raisins, coconut, and cashews. Yummmmmm.

  • Sam December 30, 2009, 6:39 am

    Nice to see you’re enjoying the lovely British weather! this is why I get so jealous whenever I read yours, Meghann’s and Megan’s blogs – I’d love nice sunshine to run in. I swear I’d be much fitter if I lived somewhere that wasn’t grey, cold and raining for at least six months of the year!

  • Madison December 30, 2009, 7:11 am

    So jealous that you are going to the Man U game. That will be a blast! Have fun!

  • Anna December 30, 2009, 8:12 am

    Indian food, SWOON! I ate a shizload of Indian food in Nairobi (lots of Indian expats) and it never fails to be my favorite ethnic food. I love your foodgasm faces- hilar!

    • Anna December 30, 2009, 8:13 am

      Which I now realize were actually in another post, but whatevs.

  • megan December 30, 2009, 8:29 am

    I like Indian food, except for the spice. If they tone down the spices to the level I’m comfortable with, I love it. otherwise I can’t enjoy it.

  • Gelareh @ Orange Truffle December 30, 2009, 9:09 am

    I love indian food… my husband not so much which makes it hard to go out for it. I am Iranian so I LOVE LOVE iranian food ๐Ÿ™‚ luckily my husband likes it to..

  • Mellissa December 30, 2009, 9:16 am

    I love Indian food and we probably have it once or twice a month- the veggie options are great and so are some of the meat dishes. I could eat nan every day, so delicious.

  • Rebecca December 30, 2009, 9:33 am

    I love Indian food! I went to college in England and have to agree with your husband – the best Indian food is there! (outside of India) I have it all the time and they have the most flavorful vegetarian options. And the breads…to die for. Yum!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner December 30, 2009, 9:40 am

    I thought I didn’t like Indian food until I lived in England! Now it is one of my favorites ๐Ÿ™‚

  • marie December 30, 2009, 10:00 am

    I love Indian and Thai food and have had some success preparing dishes from these cultures at home.
    I also love Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Mexican foods. I strongly prefer ethnic food to what my mom calls “plain American food.” Unfortunately, my parents don’t eat most ethnic food (of all the ones I’ve listed, they only eat Chinese), so finding restaurants we all will enjoy can sometimes be challenging.

  • kathleen December 30, 2009, 12:07 pm

    that’s all i ate in london. indian food. i wish i could recreate it at home.

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) December 30, 2009, 9:49 pm

    I’m ethnic so by RACIAL LAW I love all types of ethnic foods…jk. I love indian food and I’m glad you finally found some that you love! The spices are ADDICTING…I swear there’s opium in it!

  • Amanda December 31, 2009, 12:09 am

    Oh my gosh, that looks so good. I’ve had Indian before and I remember liking it, but I never crave it. My hubby has been trying to get me to go to an Indian place here for a while now and I never give in. Maybe I’ll give it a try after seeing your pics.

  • Danielle January 1, 2010, 9:21 am

    I’ve only eaten Indian food once or twice and I liked it but it’s not something that I regularly crave. Perhaps I should give it more of a shot!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) January 3, 2010, 9:50 am

    I absolutely LOVE Indian food! I also discovered in the past 2 years that I love Korean food – especially the Bee Bim Bop. I also love Afghan food.

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