Ashoka the Great: Paying Tribute to Indian Ruler in Artesia

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Ashoka The Great honors a legendary ruler in Artesia's Little India neighborhood.

A half-mile stretch of Pioneer Boulevard in Artesia has become known as Little India due to its densely packed Indian shops and restaurants. Ashoka the Great is a perpetually popular dining option that owner Darshan Singh named for the man who ruled India from 273 to 232 B.C.

We received a complimentary basket of papadum, peppery baked wafers.

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Fire-red pickled carrots were hot and peppery and mint chutney was a comparatively cool balm.

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Mulligatawny ($2.99) was a hearty starter made with chicken, curry and lentils.

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Keema Samosas ($2.99) were spiced ground beef turnovers served with tangy tamarind chutney.

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The Mix Tandoori Grill ($11.50) was a sizzling platter of onions piled with tandoori chicken, seekh kabab, chicken tikka, lamb tikka and tandoori fish.

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Chicken Palak ($6.99) involved tender chunks of white meat chicken bathed in spinach curry.

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The admirably named Roghan Josh ($7.75) showcased boneless lamb chunks blanketed in a sauce of ginger, garlic, herbs and spices.

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Saag Paneer ($5.75) was a dish of firm white house-made cheese in a spinach and cream sauce.

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No Indian meal is complete without multiple orders of savory bread. Tandoor-fired naan ($1.25) was fluffy, with a crisp base, and Garlic Naan ($1.75) had added complexity.

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Poori ($1.50) were even better, deep-fried discs of puffy bread.

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Vegetable Biryani ($5.50) cooked with onions, tomatoes, yogurt and vegetables.

Raita ($1.50) blended yogurt and diced cucumber and was a tangy, cool condiment.

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To drink, I had a textbook Mango Lassi ($1.99).

Ashoka the Great isn’t producing cutting-edge Indian food, but flavorful dishes at bargain basement prices are certainly worth eating.


Joshua Lurie

Joshua Lurie founded FoodGPS in 2005. Read about him here.

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