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Rajdhani Restaurant- Artesia, CA

Rajdhani Thali Restaurant- Artesia, CA: Entrance

Recently brought to my attention was thali. Literally, it describes a metal plate in which is used to serve food. But, it also be an eating experience--where food comes in an all-you-can-eat format. Unlike a buffet however, the employees at thali restaurants serve the food directly at your table, refilling your thali as you progress through your meal.

A friend of mine noted Rajdhani Restaurant in Artesia, CA as a good example of such experience in the Los Angeles area. Known for its vegetarian thali, the restaurant is quite popular. Indeed, we waited for around 10 minutes before getting a seat.

The menu on our visit was as follows (check their website prior to visiting to see the menu for the day):

Potato Bhajiya
Chaas (Butter Milk)

Potato & Mix Veg
Tomato Muthiya
Dal Makhani


Meanwhile, the restaurant was quite active, with servers walking around with various breads, entrees, soups, and desserts. But soon enough, we were brought to our table, where very quickly, our thali experience started.

Rajdhani Thali Restaurant- Artesia, CA: Plates

Our visit started with water and chaas, a butter milk drink that tasted like salted and spiced yogurt. As we were first timers, our server told us what to expect and introduced the three containers already on our table-- a sweet tamarind sauce, mild mint chutney, and spicy pickles.

Rajdhani Thali Restaurant- Artesia, CA: Thali
(Thali: Items Prior to Rice Courses (except for the potato bhajiya)

The next item that arrived was fryums, which is a fried snack (here, shaped like wheels, tubes, and chips) that were light and crisp, like shrimp or cassava crisps.

We then received two soups, which was described as a yogurt soup and a tomato soup. The yogurt soup was quite spicy, while the tomato soup was quite savory.

Next came three vegetable entrees: potato and mix vegetable, tomato muthiya (described as a tomato and dumpling entree), and dal makhani. Eaten on their own, these were extremely flavorful and savory dishes.

We next got some potato bhajiya, potato slices dipped in batter and fried (these were quite tasty), and puri, a puffy bread. Roti, available plain as well as lightly brushed with ghee, was noted as the main bread to go with the entrees. It served its purpose, being a good carrier to the flavorful entrees.

Dhokla, a rice and chickpeas based cake, topped with jalepenos and mustard seeds, came served from its own platter. Slightly sweet, this went well in between the entrees.

Rajdhani Thali Restaurant- Artesia, CA: Basmati Rice and Khichidi

After a few refills on everything listed before (except for the fryums, which somehow only came once), we were asked if we were ready for rice dishes. which consisted of rice and khichdi. The khichdi is a green lentil and rice porridge, commonly eaten when people are sick. These also served as good palate cleansers and sides.

Rajdhani Thali Restaurant- Artesia, CA: Halva and Mohanthal

We closed with dessert, which unlike everything else, is not unlimited. We chose the dudhi ka halwa and the mohanthal. The halwa is typically made with carrots, but on our visit, it was made with squash and hence green colored. The mohanthal, made with roasted gram flour simmered in milk, sugar and cardamom, was extremely rich, thick and gooey.

Rajdhani Thali Restaurant- Artesia, CA: Mukhwas
(Muhwas- after meal mouth freshener)

Overall, Rajdhani provided quite an pleasant experience with the service and range of dishes we tried. The only qualm? Some of the servers could be more careful with serving their food. We noticed that occassionally, their serving utensils would touch our existing food/plates. This could potentially be a health hazard if anyone they served happened to be ill.

Rajdhani Restaurant
18525 Pioneer Blvd.
Artesia, CA 90701
Tel: (562) 402-9102

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