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When it comes to eating on the cheap, street food tends to pack the most bang for your buck. Unfortunately, this time of year, dining al fresco isn’t exactly appealing. In cold, gray, and wet conditions, who wants to stand around on the side of the road? Desi Galli (101 Lexington Avenue, Kips Bay; 212-683-2292) offers traditional Indian street food in the great indoors.
Only a couple of items on the menu will set you back more than $10; however, the kathi roll combos are among the best deals in town. Served with a samosa and choice of beverage (canned soda, bottled water, or house masala chai), the meals start at just $7.49.
Kind of like the Indian version of a burrito, kathi rolls combine roasted meat or intensely spiced vegetable fillings wrapped inside a paratha — essentially, South Asian flatbread. At Desi Galli, guests have four variations of the rolls from which to chose: plain paratha (made from all-purpose flour), vegan whole wheat paratha, romali roti (a combination of both flours), and gluten-free chickpea paratha.
The choice of fillings is even more extensive — there are 13 included. The vegetarian combo options are $7.49, and choices range from vegan seven vegetable (with lightly spiced curried carrots, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, green peas, broccoli, and cauliflower) to channa (spiced chickpea) to aloo (spiced potato). Poultry combos, like the chicken korma with tomatoes, go for $8.49. Lamb is an additional 50 cents.
The deal is filling enough that you might be able to squeeze out a couple meals. Filled with vegetables and potatoes, the accompanying samosa is almost the size of a fist; it’s served with a side of tamarind chutney. And the whole thing is topped off with red onion and a mint-cilantro chutney.
To wrap it all up, the joint offers a kathi roll loyalty program card. After you get six punches, your seventh roll is free.