I love this time of the year, for the sole reason of it being not too hot or not too cold, so all culinary experiences are open to everyone. One of the things I find lacking on the Limassol culinary scene is a healthy dose of spicy food. And while hot and spicy is not missed in the summer, it is this time of year when our tastebuds start to crave a curry. Cue Kalimera India.
Kalimera India has been around for years, and is mostly known as a takeout restaurant, but it has now moved to a small, more quaint location where seating space is available. To be honest, it’s not the most luxurious restaurant you will have been in but really that’s not the point – you don’t go there for the restaurant itself but for the incredibly high quality Indian cuisine.
There is a large variety of curry dishes on offer all cooked authentically and delicious to the last bite. During my visit there I ate the Chicken Madras – marinated chicken breast cooked with ginger, garlic and tomato paste with Indian herbs and spices – and it was absolutely delicious. First of all the quality of the chicken breast – too many times the quality of chicken – one of the most common dishes in Cyprus – deters me from ordering a meal and at times actually makes one worse. Here, the chicken was marinated and cooked to perfection and with a plentiful portion.
We also tried the Butter Chicken for those who enjoy a touch of spiciness without being overwhelmed and I must say, it too met my high expectations. Butter Chicken sauce can get quite heavy when not done well, and although theirs is rich and creamy, it is also doesn’t weigh you down and feel like a ton of bricks sitting on your stomach after you have had it. If chicken though is not your go-to meat option, there are also lamb and prawn options which I will be trying on my next visit there.
To accompany your meal, their freshly baked naan bread is a must as the combination of the two fit each other perfectly. On another note – and although I didn’t opt for it as I was eager to try the curry – there is a meze option where you can try a variety of Indian dishes.
All in all, Kalimera India has become my go-to restaurant for my ‘curry’ and spicy cravings – their authentic Indian cuisine is something missing from the Limassol culinary scene and it is a great addition to put on your restaurant radar.
WHERE Kalimera Indian, Bragadinou 3, Limassol
CONTACT 97 784452
PRICE Mains from €7, Indian meze €10.50 for one or €18 for two