Driving down South Lamar, you might notice an inconspicuous store with Indian clothes and decor in the front windows called Marigold – Gateway to India.
Lata Karna is the owner of the retail store, which sells authentic Indian clothing, tapestries, and home furnishings. Originally from New York, Lata had a friend that would come to her house, cook traditional Indian food, and leave enough for an entire week.
When Lata moved to Austin, she tried Indian food across the city and felt that what was available “left a lot to be desired”. She did not feel comfortable suggesting to her clients one restaurant or another, because she did not feel that they were truly authentic.
About a year ago, Lata partnered up with a woman from Gujarat, the westernmost state in India, who cooked traditional home cooked Indian food, and they started selling Indian meals in Austin bi-monthly.
Advertisement has solely been based on word of mouth, but The Austin Times is willing to give you the skinny on how to partake in this delicious hidden jewel.
You must be on their email list to receive the menu for the homecooked meals and to place an order. To do so, simply stop by Marigold in person, or call them at 512-442-6600, and ask to be put on their email list.
Dinners consist of a delicious six-course Indian meal, available at Marigold for pick-up for twelve dollars, including tax.
Each meal consists of rice, Indian bread, dal, your choice of two vegetable dishes or a meat dish and a vegetable dish, and raita or a side salad. Dessert is available at an additional charge.
A new menu is offered each time. Orders must be placed by Monday at 7:00p.m. and pickup is Wednesdays between noon and 7:00p.m. Payment can be made over the telephone with credit or debit card, or by stopping by the store to drop off a cash or check payment.By Katie Warner, The Austin Times Staff