Ever been curious about Artesia’s Little India, but weren’t sure where to start? That’s how we felt, until we had the opportunity to take a food bloggers’ tour of Little India with food blogger (and local mom) Rashmi Nigam of Yum Kid and Food Bloggers Los Angeles. In Little India, a city’s worth of delicious food is waiting for you, and it’s surprisingly accessible and family-friendly too.
Little India is the name for a stretch of Pioneer Blvd. in Artesia, generally between 183rd Street and South Street. It’s filled with ethnic Indian grocery stores, restaurants and shops. Our group was focused mainly on food, but if you wanted to make a day of it, you could spend all of your time wandering in and out of the beautiful clothing and jewelry shops.
Food highlights of the day included:
Appetizers at Jay Bharat, including chai tea and khandvi, a brilliant yellow roll of garbanzo flour and spices, rolled thin and then steamed. It was served with shredded coconut, cilantro, and mustard seeds, and accompanied by a mint chutney. Jay Bharat, 18701 Pioneer Blvd Artesia, CA 90701 Phone: (562) 924, 3310)
Food shopping at Farm Fresh, which is a cook’s wonderland, especially for those who focus on gluten-free or vegetarian cooking. Don’t miss the flour and legume aisles, with varieties of each that you’ve probably never seen before. Farm Fresh London Imports, 18551 Pioneer Boulevard Artesia, CA 90701 Phone: (562) 865-3191.
A multi-course lunch at Bhimas, with the highlight being a North Indian thali, a curry sampler plate. Each curry and vegetable dish was perfectly spiced (not too hot) with complex flavors and fragrances that we only wish we could replicate at home. Bhimas, 8792 Pioneer Boulevard Artesia, CA 90701 Phone (562) 809-3806
Dessert at Saffron Spot, where the rose ice cream hit the spot, and the most intriguing taste was the dense Indian frozen treat known as kulfi. Saffron Spot, 18744 Pioneer Boulevard Artesia, CA 90701 Phone: (562) 809-4554
Little India is a short and easy trip from the South Bay – Just head east on the 605 and exit to the right at Pioneer Ave. For our full story with more details and pictures, see our post on Moms LA.