The Big Felafel

Indian food in Jerusalem

indian After 4 years in Israel, I think I’ve finally moved out of my obsessive pita and humus stage. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll always save a special place in my heart for the quintessential Israeli snack that requires swift wrist action, but it’s time to move on and sample some other cuisines.

Recently, I discovered a little hole-in-the-wall Indian restaurant, Ichikidana איצ’יקדנה  inside the Machane Yehuda outdoor shuk in Jerusalem. And … it was delicious! And cheap – the small platter of thali was 24NIS 35 NIS! And cute – tiny room with wooden tables covered with collages of pictures and mementos from the staff’s trips to India.  And so… I’m hooked. I even went home and starting looking up Indian recipes for things I had never even heard of before like Chana Dal (Curried Chick-Peas), Tamatar Ki Chutney(tomato chutney) and Garam Masala. Apparently, other people have also discovered this yummy joint, so you can read more reviews from Jewlicious and Presentense’s latest issue.

Here’s a list of the kosher Indian restaurants in Jerusalem. If I missed any, please leave a comment and I’ll update the post.

Ichikidana איצ’יקדנה
Location: 4 Haeshkol St., makhane yehuda shuk/market
Phone: 050-224-7070
Hours: Sun-Thu: 08:00-20:00, Tri: 08:00- one hour before Shabbat

Location: Even Sapir, past the Hadassah Hospital in  Ein Karem
Phone: 02-643-1186
Hours: Open Sunday – Thursday 10:00am till 11:00pm. Friday till Shabbat. .Motzei Shabbat till midnight.

Location: Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, by Binyanei HaUma and the Central Bus Station
Phone: 02-653-6667
Hours: Open for lunch, Sunday – Friday from 12:00 noon till 4:00pm. Open for dinner Sunday – Thursday 6pm till 11:30pm, and Saturday night after Shabbat.

In other Indian-related news, I went to see Slumdog Millionaire at Cinema City and it was incredible (both the VIP experience and the movie itself). Here’s some Indian music that I can’t get out of my head.

[Photo from Flickr: Julia Lang’s photostream]

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  1. * elisheva says:

    where can I find bollywood dance classes??

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 4 months ago
  2. * Rose Johnson says:

    I was conned into trying the Indian Ichikadana Jerusalem,yesterday lured by the prospect of Indian tastes and reasonable prices according to your article. You need to update your information! We were charged NIS104 for two plates of thali (about six or seven little tastings, a small nan bread and complimentary glass of Indian tea. Ugh,Someone was changing a baby’s nappy beside us while we ate (I think, one of the staff) and the ambiance while interesting did not reflect prices charged.

    | Reply Posted 13 years ago
    • * Rebecca says:

      Rose, Thanks for the update, I changed the price in the article. I think they raised the small platter to 35 NIS, is that right?

      | Reply Posted 13 years ago
  3. * Esther says:

    Almora closed down , thanks anyway .

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 5 months ago
  4. * ss says:

    Small platter is 39 large platter is 55 … so a meal with dribks here is going to be about 150 shekel for 2 plus tip 😦 …. oh well

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 6 months ago

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