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A new restaurant "Cowboys and Indians" opened up in Houston that serves a fusion of Indian and Texan food

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Houston, USA: November 20, 2016:

Indo-Pakistani restaurants are not exactly new to USA!

The tension between India and Pakistan is getting worse, but some South Asian immigrants to the United States find themselves far removed from all the conflicts in their native countries. Recently, In Houston, an Indian and a Pakistani opened up a new restaurant “Cowboys and Indians”. They borrowed the name from an old children’s game. The restaurant is situated in one of the trendiest neighborhoods of the city. The food is appealing to the Texas natives.

The tension between India and Pakistan is getting worse, but some South Asian immigrants to the United States find themselves far removed from all the conflicts in their native countries. Recently, In Houston, an Indian and a Pakistani opened up a new restaurant “Cowboys and Indians”. They borrowed the name from an old children’s game. The restaurant is situated in one of the trendiest neighborhoods of the city. The food is appealing to the Texas natives.

Before opening their restaurant, owners Imran Khan and Hasnanin Wazir ,  hosted some free tasting events for local residents to get their feedback.

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A customer appreciated the food saying, “I would eat that food every day. I really would. It is perfect.” Another customer said, “Food is delicious and I think it is a great concept. Indian and Texan fusion is something that hasn’t been done in Houston before at least.”

The menu combination reflects the culinary tastes of the owners.

Hasnanin Wazir, co-owner of the restaurant, said, “Imran came up to me about a year ago and said let’s open a restaurant together and we started looking into different areas, different locations and we loved this place.”

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The place was a gas station in 1931 and it retains some of that look. It’s in the popular Montrose area near downtown Houston where people look for a variety and distinction in cuisines.

Imran Khan, co-owner, said, “We are Americans. We are Texan. At the same time we have an Indian background and we want to share it with everybody else in the community.”

The two Texans have been friends for years and see themselves far removed from discord back in their birth lands.

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Wazir says, “We know there is a problem going over there but here it is a little different. “

They share culture and cuisine as well as a vision for the restaurant that includes building a patio on the roof with its partial view of Houston’s skyline so that people can come and hang out and have a great skyline view of downtown.

Opening any business involves risks but they are confident in their plans.

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Here are 5 Indian Dishes that are Popular Across the Globe!

The five Indian dishes that even foreigners swear by

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New Delhi, July 25th, 2017: Reflecting the divergence of cultures; a perfect blend of zillion spices, creating in one’s taste bud, a blast of various flavors; leaving you wanting for more, that’s Indian cuisine for you!

With a country as diverse as ours, it is very much expected of India to maintain this diversity, when it comes to food as well. India doesn’t disappoint, as it contributes to the world, some of the best of food. Indian dishes have had, not just Indians, but the people around the world craving. According to a survey conducted by CNN Travel, recently, India has secured a place among the top 50 cuisines of the world. Here are five Indian dishes that are enjoying the global reputation.

Here are five Indian dishes that are enjoying the global reputation-

BIRYANI

Biryani enjoys global reputation
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Once you taste the Hyderabadi Biryani, there’s no going back. It is a dish made of rice, meat and is loved by people, India and abroad.

SAMOSA

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No one says no to Samosas, EVER! This is a fried snack stuffed with potatoes, and tastes best in combination with pudina (mint) chutney and chai! 

DHOKLA

Indian dishes enjoying global reputation
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This soft and spongy snack is a delicious dish coming from the Indian state, Gujarat. It is made of fermented rice and chickpea batter and is perfect to begin your day with if you’re someone who likes their breakfast light yet tasty.

CHOLE BHATURE

Indian dishes enjoying global reputation
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Chole bhature or the most popular dish in north India includes fried flour bread and curried chickpea. It can be eaten and enjoyed anytime of the day, as breakfast, lunch or dinner. Chole bhature when it rains, is hands down, the best idea.

DOSA

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Because who doesn’t love Dosa? This is a dish that South Indians, North Indians, Non- Indians, everybody swears by. It is a South Indian dish made of rice batter and served with Sambhar and Coconut Chutney. 

These are the five Indian dishes that not only Indians but foreigners drool over as well.

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