Chef Herkirat Johal, owner of Rasoi Indian Kitchen, brings his home flavors directly from the State of Punjab, India. Directly bordered with Pakistan, Punjab is the 16th most populous state in India with over 27 million people. Chef Chef Johal told us during an exquisite tasting and interview that Rasoi actually means, “Kitchen”. He says, “Everything is made from scratch, nothing is bought from a supermarket, it’s all made in house with traditional recipes and my own creations.” Chef Johal’s secret to his delicious dishes is the base gravy that he churns at the start to each day.
Indian cuisine has recently gained popularity in many communities across the East Coast. At Rasoi Chef Johal prepares all the menu selections to order, maintaining the authenticity that Indian food is known for. He selected Rasoi’s location at Highway 34 and Sullivan Road based on the response from his friends, “Many of my friends were doctors in the area, and they kept coming to me mentioning the lack of international food options, so I opened the restaurant. I’ve been in the industry for 30 years.” In learning more about the customers visiting, Chef Johal and his staff realized 90% of the patrons are from the area.
Chef Johal’s first restaurant was in the downtown Savannah area before moving to El Paso, Texas, where he met his wife and opened a new restaurant! His wife loves being married to an Indian Chef, he tells us. At Rasoi Indian Kitchen, there is heartfelt passion in everything he cooks. His favorites are listed under specialty items on the menu. Most items are cooked in a Karahi, an Indian iron skillet. Chef Johal’s recommends the lamb. He makes his own spice blend, a signature masala mix. This is a mixture of different seeds that he grinds in house to the right percentage amount and makes the masala. (Click here to view Rasoi’s menu)
During my very own tasting Lamb Chop Boti and Pompano were delivered to the table in a sizzling skillet. Beforehand it had been marinated and suspended inside the Tandoor oven, which is made of clay and features a coal heat source. Breads are also baked in the Tandoor oven by slapping the dough onto the thermal area. The flavors and experience were incomparable to anything I’ve had before. I certainly recommend both the tender lamb chop and delicious pompano fish.
Other dishes on the menu you must try include Tandoor Chicken and Veg Samosas, they latter a pastry stuffed with potatoes and peas. Do not forget dessert! Try the Gulab Jaman – sweet cream balls soaked in a cardamom syrup.
Both Fruit Lassi (Mango or Strawberry Yogurt Drink) and Masala Chai (Dark Tea with Spices and Milk) are excellent treats to go with dessert. Chef Johal tells us, “We strive for excellence and consistency. Our customers are coming to eat here again and again. You are our extended family.”
Rasoi hosts a $9.95 lunch buffet from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The lunch buffet allows you an opportunity to taste all the unique flavors from their menu. You can also enjoy the lunch buffet for $11.95 on Saturday and Sunday. Children 4 to 10 years of age eat for $5.95. Dinner is served Tuesday-Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Halal meat is always available. Catering is offered for all occasions.
Visit today at 1065 Sullivan Road, Ste. G, Newnan, GA 30265 (directly behind CVS Pharmacy). Call (678) 673-6709 for more information.