Philadelphia, PA - Diwali, the festival of lights, joy, prosperity, and happiness, was celebrated on October 24, 2022. It is a five-day long celebration. So I (Realtor Michelle Leonard) reached out to my business partner, Realtor Dana Friedman and Quyen Mark, to join me for dinner at Saffron at 145 Montgomery Ave in Bala Cynwyd 19004.
Diwali, The Festival Of Lights, Joy, Prosperity, And Happiness
Saffron has been my favorite Indian restaurant on the Main Line for years. After decades of working in top restaurants across India and the United States, Chef Rahul Bhatia founded Saffron, and the food is always a top drawer. Diwali is a perfect time to experience Saffron's gracious hospitality.
In northern India, they celebrate Diwali because of the story of King Rama's triumphant return to his kingdom Ayodhya after he defeated Ravana by lighting rows of clay lamps. Southern India celebrates Diwali as the day Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura.
Dana, Quyen, and I started with Cobi Manchuria - lightly battered cauliflower in a sweet and sour sauce with a kick to it like Buffalo sauce has, plus vegetable samosas filled with diced potatoes and peas flavored Indian spices served with two sauces, mint, and a tamarind sauce. Of course, dinner would not be complete without garlic naan bread.
I had Shrimp Tikka Masala for my main dish, which has a delectable tangy tomato sauce. Saffron makes my favorite Tikka Masala sauce out of all of the Indian restaurants where I have tried this dish. This was served with basmati rice. Honestly, I could just eat the sauce and the rice. Umm good. Quyen had Chicken Tikka Masala, made with chicken breast, and Dana had Butter Chicken, a tandoori chicken dish made with dark meat. The sauces were the same, yet the dishes tasted different.
We had the Ghulae Jamyra - hot cream dumplings in sweet rose water syrup for dessert. South Asian sweets and desserts are a staple part of Diwali celebrations. Many treats are fried foods made from sugar, chickpea flour, and condensed milk.
Whether or not it is a unique Indian holiday, Saffron should be your go-to neighborhood Indian restaurant for lunch or dinner. May millions of lamps forever illuminate your life with joy, prosperity, health, and wealth. Wishing you and your family mlpa very Happy Diwali. May the festival of lights light up your home with happiness, laughter, prosperity, and health. A very Happy Diwali to you and your family!