Pondicheri combines the classic, home style street food of Inda with the nourishing, locally-sourced ingredients from Texas. They create an amazing combination that has people lining up at their door wanting more. Pondicheri also features an awesome Bake Lab that produces fresh baked goods, spices, chutneys and snacks for you to take home. Something on the must try list, the chai pie.
Chef/Owner Anita Jaisinghani was born and raised in India, and has been at the helm of Indika (a highly-lauded and award winning restaurant in Houston) for nearly 10 years. An avid traveler & reader, her true passion is creativity in food. She harnesses her scientific background to experiment with ideas that blend flavors of her native Sindh culture with local Texas ingredients using techniques she has learned through her childhood and travels. ‘Pondicheri’ is the original name of a small coastal town, off the Bay of Bengal in South India, where Anita was a frequent visitor in her childhood days.
The philosophy at Pondicheri is “You Are What You Eat” they say “Whether you are a chai, curry, or cardamom cookie, we passionately guarantee your composition is of raw, local, uncompromising quality. We savor the blossoming need to use ingredients of purity along with a desire for hand-made quality. Together, these stamp our food with the fingerprints of true oxygenated existence. It is with utmost pride and pleasure that we roast and grind our spices, sing songs to our yeast starters, grind our meat, and most importantly cherish our kitchen. Cooking wholesome nourishment tingles us with a fervor that indulges our ever-present lust to feed.”