Mar 2017

California Chutney Tandoori Kitchen – Pasadena

California Chutney Tandoori Kitchen - Pasadena

When the mood for Indian food strikes but time isn’t on our side, The Chaplins head to California Chutney for our South Asian fill. This fast-casual spot in Old Pasadena opened two years ago, and we’ve been fans since the start.

California Chutney Tandoori Kitchen - Pasadena

The menu isn’t expansive, with just six “proteins” to choose from (chickpeas, paneer (cheese), lamb, shrimp, and two kinds of chicken). Everything is boldly spiced, so when you see a dish denoted with three chili symbols on the menu, get ready for some serious heat. On a previous visit, the “Lamb Keema” made us sweat.

A notable aspect of the restaurant is the made-from-scratch chutney bar that includes traditional varieties like tamarind and cilantro, as well as more inventive concoctions like cinnamon-pineapple and mango-ginger.

California Chutney Tandoori Kitchen - Pasadena

June and I usually order two “Naan Tacos” ($8.80) to share. The “Paneer with Kale” is my filling of choice, while June tends to favor the “Tandoori Chicken.” While the fillings are both very good, it’s the house-made naan that keeps us coming back.

The yogurt-based flatbread is freshly prepared throughout the day in the restaurant’s tandoori ovens. It always tastes super-fresh, with a texture that’s tender and wonderfully chewy. We always order an extra piece or two on the side ($1.75 per piece).

California Chutney Tandoori Kitchen - Pasadena

The Astronomer likes to order the “Rice Bowl” ($7.95)—saffron basmati rice topped with a protein of choice. On this visit, he selected the Chicken Tikka Masala, chicken breast simmered with a plethora of warm spices (garlic, ginger, green chili, cream, coriander, red chili, paprika, turmeric, cumin, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, fennel, cinnamon, black pepper).

Chutney offers a variety of toppings, like salad greens and such, but we prefer to keep things pretty basic with just fresh onions and cilantro. A mango lassi on the side is a must.

mmm...indian food

California Chutney not only scratches the Indian food itch when we’re crunched for time, but also delivers flavorful food that’s fresh and satisfying. Now, that’s a win-win.

California Chutney
45 North Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
Phone: 626-396-6947

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Three years ago:
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Four years ago: 
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Five years ago: A-Frame – Los Angeles (Culver City)
Six years ago: Bacon Almond Brittle
Seven years ago: Dahlia Lounge – Seattle
Eight years ago: Taihei Restaurant – Monterey Park
Nine years ago: Augustin – Ho Chi Minh City
Ten years ago: Reading Terminal Market – Philadelphia

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