NEIGHBORHOOD NUGGET
Kasa Indian Eatery serves up flavorful classics on rolls or platters

Indian food is perfect for those times when you can’t decide whether you simply want a light bite or you need more hearty fare. At Kasa Indian Eatery on Fillmore Street, they make the choice an easy one. The restaurant specializes in kati rolls, classic Indian street food that’s basically a meal in a roti (or roll) much like an Indian burrito. But you can also order thali or a complete home-style Indian platter. Either way, you’ll be treated to fresh, house-made food that honors traditional Indian cooking traditions using naturally raised and locally grown ingredients.

The team behind Kasa is a partnership between British-born former lawyer, now mom and chef, Anamika Khanna, and MBA and former Kraft Food brand manager Tim Volema. Khanna has been cooking Indian food since her childhood in London and India and states on the restaurant’s website, “We want to make Indian food that would make our grandmothers proud!” Kasa’s first location is in the Castro.

Kasa’s famous kati rolls consist of buttery roti wrapped around one of several dishes and served with marinated onions and chutney, along with raita (yogurt with cucumber). The thali platters come with the same choices of main dish as well as roti, slow-simmered daal (lentils), rice, a veggie salad, chutney, and raita.

Main dishes, prepared in small batches all day, include chicken tikka (marinated and char-grilled chicken), chicken tikka masala (char-grilled chicken in a spicy, creamy tomato sauce), lamb curry with potatoes, turkey kabobs, karahi paneer (wok-tossed Indian cheese with green peppers and tomatoes), and aloo-jeera (cumin-spiced sautéed potatoes). There is also a daily vegetarian special.

All of Kasa’s specialties taste fresh, with all of the various spicy, aromatic and sweet flavors shining through. Spices including cumin, cardamom, cilantro, and coriander – all commonly used to season Indian food – lend a bit of the exotic to each dish, and you can complement your meal with a selection of wine, beer, soda, or house-made chai tea or mango lassi, a sweet yogurt drink.
Kasa has a warm, casual atmosphere redolent of the eatery’s sauces, which are just about irresistible!

Casa Indian Eatery: 3115 Fillmore Street (at Filbert); Monday–Thursday and Sundays 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Friday–Saturday 11 a.m.–2:30 a.m., delivery after 2 p.m. daily; 415-896-4008, www.kasaindian.com

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