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Meatless Mondays

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There's a restaurant in town where you can try a couple of things that might be a bit out of your comfort zone: an entire day of meatless meals and breakfast, Indian-style.

The place is Pondicheri, located in the huge West Ave complex at the corner of Kirby and Westheimer.

Houston food writer Amber Ambrose recently visited Pondicheri, and talked to chef/owner Anita Jaisinghani, who also owns the upscale Indian restaurant Indika.

"I wanted to do something exciting in food on Mondays, and thought of a lot of different ways to go," Jaisinghani said.  "In India, people who eat meat go meatless on Tuesdays, so I decided to try it on Mondays.  I didn't even realize that Meatless Mondays was something that was happening in England, started by Paul McCartney's daughter."

She tried it once at the beginning of this year, and it was a hit.

"We decided to keep going with it and add items to the menu as we went along," she said.

Something else out of the ordinary at Pondicheri is Indian style breakfast, featuring many of the ingredients and spices you would find in traditional Indian dishes.

"When I first opened Pondicheri, people asked me, who is going to eat Indian breakfast? I said you will once you come here and try it!"

While she was there, Ambrose tried a new item on the Meatless Monday menu, a vegan "frankie", which is a rolled-up roti, or flat wheat bread, filled with vegetables and spices. She said that, even with no meat or dairy products, it was delicious.

Pondicheri is located at 2800 Kirby Drive, on the first-floor level of the West Ave. complex.

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