A few Sunday's ago, Joe and I went to Khana Khazana for Sunday brunch. Oh wow. Just... Wow! I cannot begin to describe all the wonderful foods they serve on their Sunday brunch. This is, to be truthful, in part because I did not write them down, but I wanted to -- no, I must -- share with you this marvelous offering.
Khana Khazana offers a brunch every weekday, but on Sunday's, they expand their brunch menu. At the front of the restaurant you'll find Indian street snacks prepared fresh upon your request.
Khana Khazana's Indian Snackfood Bar
The day we went, the Sunday buffet offered two Indian snack foods: Bhel Poori (first photo at right) and Pani Poori (second photo at right). These foods are staple offerings of road-side food stands in India, and they can be difficult to find here in Michigan. Chaats are addictive, and you may find yourself craving more and different ones. Fortunately, Khana Khazana can help. A list taped to the wall describes the other chats available, and be sure to check out their regular menu for additional items, and they are not to be missed.
Once you pull yourself away from the snack foods, you'll discover that their main buffet includes a number of the common offerings found on Indian buffets in Ann Arbor, as well as a number of South Indian dishes. I was delighted that the breads included not just naan but also poori, along with a tray of uthappam. They had some very nice hot pickled vegetables, which I love plain, but are usually mixed with a yogurt sauce and eaten at the end of the meal. There were a number of lamb and vegetarian stews — more, truly, than any reasonable person can try in one sitting. (Note to all: I will write down the names of dishes next time and update this description.)
And if the snacks and immense buffet were not enough, by request, Khana Khazana will also prepare a fresh "mini-dosa." A dosa is a thin crepe made from a lentil or rice batter. Here, Khana Khazana's chef was kind enough to create full-sized one for me to photograph.
Below are snapshots of the chef preparing a dosa. Double-click on the images for larger versions.
The dosa batter is spread out in a large circle...
Folding the dosa.....
Wow. Now I'm hungry. Just thinking about their food has me thinking about talking Joe into going back there this Sunday.
207 N. Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Hours: Lunch 11:30am-3pm every day
Dinner M-W 5:30-10pm, Th-Sat 5:30-2 am, Sun 5:30-9:30 pm.
Disc, MC, V