As Eating LA said when we were eating at Ashirwad, the best Indian restaurant in Los Angeles is actually not in LA - it's in Upland! On our latest food crawl, after Taza and Falafel Me, Food GPS led us to this place, following a tip he got from someone he met on an airplane.
Ashirwad, which means "the blessings" in Sanskrit, is strictly vegetarian and features many Gujarati specialties. I'm no expert in Indian food, but I have visited my share of Indian restaurants. Still, I was entirely unfamiliar with some of the dishes here! There are some street food like the Khasta kachori ($4.99)
There's also Bhel Puri ($3.99) consisting of puffed rice, papadi (small, deep fried puris), sev, onion, potatoes and sweet and sour chutney.
Not only delicious, Ashirwad is also cheap. A Gujarati meal like the Shaak, Tepla and Dahi runs only $4.99.
Ashirwad also has a daily special menu. When we were there the special was Khichdi Khadi ($6.99), a Gujarati dish made of rice, lentils, eggplant and other vegetables cooked with chili and spices. This was served with a yogurt soup and crispy papadum.
Desserts like rice pudding or sheera (semolina pudding with nuts) finish off the meal nicely.
While the dessert list on the menu is small, the deli case features many Indian sweets, charged by the weight. Some of the labels boast certain benefits. The round one you see below is Adad-Yo, a "winter energy food."
A bonus: I regret not buying this bottled water! The bottle says "Star Fire Water: Sacred Sound Resonance Transmission." No idea what that means, but wish I got a bottle as a souvenir.
583 E Foothill Blvd Ste 10
Upland, CA 91786