Joy of India - Menu Tasting

Joy of India - 38 South Road, Torrensville SA 5031

On The Chopping Board (OTCB) was invited to Joy of India at the Brickworks Marketplace for a menu tasting. All food and beverages were provided on behalf of Joy of India.  Joy of India is the third venture to open following two successful outlets in Chinatown and City Cross Arcade.  This time a little different to the foodcourt style with a fully licensed restaurant including indoor and outdoor dining facilities. It's located directly behind Zambrero's and can be easy to miss, but once inside, the cosy decor and comfortable sitting will relax you to enjoy a wonderful feast.

I (Amanda) don't eat a lot of Indian food but I am partial to a curry in winter and have undertaken an Indian cooking class at WEA to learn more about the ingredients, flavours and techniques involved in Indian cooking. And a curry made from scratch is no easy feat, the balance of spices is a must and Joy of India hits the spot with their delicious variety of curries.

Cheese & Chilli Naan $4 (front) Garlic Naan $3.50 (back)
To start we jump straight into the naan bread.  Joy of India use a Charcoal Tandoor to cook fresh naan breads which gives the naan great colour and flavour.  Tonight we select two varieties to try, the cheese and chilli naan and the garlic naan.  The cheese and chilli naan is thoroughly filled with dry chilli flakes and a light layer of cheese inside.  I would have liked to have seen more cheese so when I pulled the bread apart a thick layer of oozing cheese would stretch out but the chilli kick was good. The garlic naan is very light in garlic flavour and has a nice fluffy outer edge. I (Sofia) would say this naan is more plain than garlic, and I would think a stronger topping of garlic would give it that great flavour.

Barrah Kebab $14.90
Next we try some meat from the Tandoor - slow cooked lamb cutlets marinated with fresh herbs and tandoori spices. The fresh herbs and tandoori spices cover the tender lamb in a nice thick paste and provide such great finger licking flavour. The cutlets are enhanced with the acidity of a squeeze of lemon, which goes so well with the charcoal. This makes an excellent entree and delivers a great flavour profile to get the taste buds excited for more.

Chicken Korma $16
Now for the curries!  First we try the Chicken Korma which is described as tender pieces of chicken cooked in a mild, rich, creamy sauce of cashews, ginger and coriander.  The chicken is indeed tender, juicy and with the slight nuttiness of the cashews in the thick and creamy sauce, this was a delicious curry that we kept going back for. The sauce has a sweetness that goes well with the chicken and the steamed basmati rice is great to mop up the rich sauce. A hearty meal that's for sure, which leaves a pleasant after taste and warmth.

Aloo Channa Masala $13
Next the Aloo Channa Masala, a vegetarian curry of chickpeas and potatoes slow cooked with tomato, garlic and ginger and spices, finished with fresh coriander and lemon.  A hearty vegetarian curry with a lighter tomato based sauce than the creamy korma, it was good to break up that richness. Again, a very warm dish, the chickpeas are soft and create great texture with the sauce.

Kashmiri Elaichi Lamb $16.90
The Kashmiri Elaichi Lamb, a chef specialty, was our favourite curry of the night.  The dish is a rich dish from the kitchens of Mughal, using lamb cooked with the aromatic flavours of cardamon and yoghurt.  The flavour profile of this curry was so moreish for us and combined with the tender, soft lamb pieces was the stand out of the night. The sauce complemented the cuts of lamb and didn't overpower its taste.  The sauce itself was a delicious treat which we mopped up with left over naan.

Gulab Jamun 
To finish we had a small tasting serve of the Indian milk based sponge balls, Gulab Jamun, deep fried then soaked in cardamon rose syrup.  These balls aren't house made and were a little too sweet for our palates.  A side serve of ice cream may have assisted to cut through this syrupy sweetness.

Overall Joy of India brings a lovely heritage and spice of Indian cuisine to the busy Brickworks Marketplace. This is a great spot to visit for dinner after work, or for lunch after a long shop. The dishes are made for sharing and there's more fun in trying out a variety of curries than just one meal.

Sam the owner is caring and passionate, who wants to share his love of Indian food with the people of Adelaide. With much experience behind him in the food industry, it's no surprise that his food is of high quality and each dish is prepared with care and pride.

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