Pani Puri from Sukhadia’s

In honor of Lent this week, we are going vegetarian. I realize a lot of people will be ordering pepper-and-egg sandwiches from their favorite Italian beef stands until Easter, but if you’re looking for something a little more interesting, head to West Rogers Park. There, along Devon Avenue, you’ll find Sukhadia’s, a tidy little Indian snack shop offering both sweet and savory items. I’ve become enamored with their pani puri – a standard Indian street food snack containing chickpeas and potatoes, enhanced by sweet tamarind-date sauce and a surprisingly fiery mint-chile sauce. Even if you don’t live near the neighborhood, Sukhadia’s has a few other locations in the region, including one in Hoffman Estates. Sukhadia’s is located at 2559 West Devon Avenue, 8100 Ridgewood Avenue, Skokie, and 1016 West Golf Road, Hoffman Estates.

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