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Central Indian Food at Jerry's Market

A surprising stop for hard-to-find cuisine

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In the cool, dark interior of Jerry's 27th Street Market--just past a long cooler of Pepsi products and a cardboard Snickers display--is a rather peculiar sign. Today's special: Pav Bhaji.

Though a convenience store might not be the first place you hit up when you're on the hunt for authentic Indian food in the valley, it should be.

Chicago transplants Jerry and Hiral Fandel moved to Boise eight years ago to take over Jerry's Market. In October 2011, after struggling to find some of their favorite Windy City comfort foods, they decided to start offering rotating hot specials from around 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

"I am Indian and my mom and I cook the Indian food, and then we do things from home like a deep-dish pizza and Italian beef sandwiches, just things that you can get anywhere but you don't get anywhere here," said Hiral.

Apparently Hiral and her mother Kanta Patel's Indian specialties--everything from mutter paneer (peas and homemade cheese) to chicken masala with basmati rice to the aforementioned pav bhaji (a spicy blend of vegetables served on buns)--have been such a big hit that they're now expanding.

"We've gotten good feedback so now half of it's going to be a restaurant and half a market," said Hiral.

The restaurant space will open at 6 a.m. to serve breakfast along with an expanded Indian menu and sandwiches. The couple hope to have it up and running by late October.

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