Desi Galli, Gramercy/Flatiron, NYC



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Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own

Ever been to Desi Galli in Curry Hill?

It’s the (not so new) kid on the block doing some really stellar things with Indian street food.

PriaVanda Chouhan, a designer turned self-taught chef is the force behind this wonderful venture.




PriaVanda’s cooking endeavors started off as a personal challenge to prove to her Dad wrong at the time of her wedding – when he forewarned her to be husband that he would starve as PriaVanda was not much of a cook. I’m sure that Daddy is super proud of his powerhouse of a daughter now, who not only learned how to cook but has taken it to the next level by paying careful attention to making all her eats as healthy as possible.

This is the main culinary philosophy that differentiates Desi Galli from its counterparts in Curry Hill. The menu offers a range of popular Indian street style eats but with lighter and healthier options.

For instance you can opt to have a gluten-free Kathi roll and believe me you wouldn’t even know it. The lamb Kathi Roll I tried was really stellar. PriaVanda tries to stay away from using ghee and butter and opts for much healthier, lighter options.

Everything is made fresh everyday – one can just tell by tasting any of the dishes here. The chutneys are really vibrant and tasty – that for me is a big tell on just how good the food is going to be.

I loved one of their more unusual chaats – their “Palak Patte ki Chaat” – a crispy spinach preparation. Their super fresh chutneys, yogurt and other toppings complemented the prefect crunch on these chickpea flour coated leaves beautifully. It’s a great concoction and definitely worth a try.


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Desi Galli is well on it way to becoming a go-to place on Curry Hill (I know it is for me). It already has several wonderful press shout-outs and accolades under its belt. They are open daily for lunch, dinner and late nights.

If I were you – I would put Desi Galli on my list right now!


Here is some of what we ate:


Mango Lassi



Aloo and Paneer Tikki Roll

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Lamb Bhuna Roll

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Paneer Tikka Biryani

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Aloo Papri Chaat

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Palak Patte Ki Chaat