While New York is flooded with northern Indian restaurants, it’s decidedly lacking in places that purvey Sindhi fare, a cuisine that comes from the Sindh region of Pakistan. In fact, until just a month ago, you couldn’t find an authentic Sindhi meal here at all.
Now, though, you can stop into Kailash Parbat (99 Lexington Avenue, 212-679-4232), a growing international Sindhi chain that just opened its first restaurant in New York.
Owners Amit and Gary Mulchandani are third-generation proprietors, and they’re carrying the torch of their grandfather, who opened the first Kailash Parbat in Mumbai in 1952. “Our grandfather moved from Pakistan to India during the partition,” Gary explains. And because he had nothing, he began selling Sindhi street food.
Over the decades, the family expanded into branches all over India, but this is the first to open in New York City. It’s offerings are all vegetarian, in keeping with both the Muslim and Hindu customs of the Sindhi people. “We specialize in chaat,” says Gary. “It’s kind of a street food, and it’s very famous in India.” Chaat refers to fried snacks, and here, you can build your own via a number of ingredients on the chaat bar. Look for crunchy bite-size corn baskets filled with fresh corn and drizzled with spicy sauce, bhel puri — puffed rice mixed with chickpeas and tamarind and cilantro chutneys — and dahi wada, a soft, savory cake mixed with sauces and yogurt.
Kailash Parbat is also offering a more extensive menu, with dishes like chole bhaturas, a puffy fried bread with curried chickpeas and onions; bhee ki tikki, or tangy lotus root; diwani handi, mixed vegetables and paneer cheese; paneer makhanwala, which smothers the cheese in rich tomato sauce; and lasooni dahl tadka, stewed yellow lentils.
Pair your meal to lassis and yogurt drinks or a masala chai.
Kailash Parbat is open daily from noon until 10:30 p.m.