Ganesha brings Indian warmth to Bavaria

Ganesha brings Indian warmth to Bavaria

Ganesha offers samosas that include assorted vegetables fried in chickpea dough in Weiden, Germany, December 21, 2021. Ganesha's range includes naan, tandoori, chicken, lamb, fish and vegetarian offerings.

Ganesha offers samosas that include assorted vegetables fried in chickpea dough in Weiden, Germany, December 21, 2021. Ganesha’s range includes naan, tandoori, chicken, lamb, fish and vegetarian offerings. (Immanuel Johnson / Stars and Stripes)

With Germany’s less warm winter in full swing, cuisine that gives a warming feeling in addition to nourishment can be extremely welcome.

It was the grounds that led me to Ganesha, an Indian restaurant in Weiden.

Whether it’s as basic staples as naan or one of the many spicy chicken and vegetarian dishes, there is no shortage of things to enjoy.

Speaking of which, it is advisable to visit Ganesha on an empty stomach because the extensive menu is a paradise for the palate.

To start with, I ordered paneer pakora, a deep-fried appetizer consisting of homemade cheese coated with chickpea flour. I also tried vegetable samosas. The vegetables in this starter are deep fried in the same flour as the pakora.

Paneer pakora, homemade cheese coated with chickpea flour and fried, at Ganesha in Weiden, Germany, December 21, 2021. The starter is complemented with a side salad and is suitable for sharing.

Paneer pakora, homemade cheese coated with chickpea flour and fried, at Ganesha in Weiden, Germany, December 21, 2021. The starter is complemented with a side salad and is suitable for sharing. (Immanuel Johnson / Stars and Stripes)

Both appetizers are supplemented with a side salad. They are suitable for sharing, but are also a good choice for extra hungry guests who want a filling first course.

The staff at Ganesha fostered a warm atmosphere, which made my experience there pleasant and relaxing. They had me in the right state of mind to enjoy my meal.

Ganesha’s range includes naan, tandoori, chicken, lamb, fish and vegetarian offerings.

My favorite dishes are butter chicken with a little added heat and vegetable korma. The latter has a sauce of almonds and coconut around the fresh vegetables and this entree also gives the kick I was looking for.

Ganesha's lamb nilgiri, left, shown with a curry with spinach and coconut milk served medium hot.  Butter chicken, straight, simmer in a tomato curry sauce.

Ganesha’s lamb nilgiri, left, shown with a curry with spinach and coconut milk served medium hot. Butter chicken, straight, simmer in a tomato curry sauce. (Immanuel Johnson / Stars and Stripes)

The dessert menu has four dishes, including homemade mango cream, homemade rice porridge and hot gulab jamun or balls of milk and quark.

Ganesha’s limited on-street parking fills up quickly, so if you are driving, I recommend parking in the nearby underground garage. From there it is about a five minute walk to the restaurant.

Ganesha in Weiden, Germany, December 21, 2021. Ganesha's limited on-street parking quickly fills up, so if you are driving, park in the nearby underground garage.

Ganesha in Weiden, Germany, December 21, 2021. Ganesha’s limited on-street parking quickly fills up, so if you are driving, park in the nearby underground garage. (Immanuel Johnson / Stars and Stripes)

Ganesha in Weiden, Germany, December 21, 2021. The restaurant offers an excellent taste of India in the heart of Bavaria.

Ganesha in Weiden, Germany, December 21, 2021. The restaurant offers an excellent taste of India in the heart of Bavaria. (Immanuel Johnson / Stars and Stripes)

Ganesha

Address: Wiesenstrasse 1, Weiden in der Oberpfalz, Germany

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 to 14:00 and from 17:00 to 23:00 Monday from 17:00 to 23:00

Prices: Between 2 and 20 euros. Visa and Mastercard are accepted.

Menu: Available in English and German and on the website ganesha-weiden.de

Contact Information: Phone, +49 0961 20633155; e-mail, info@ganesha-weiden.de

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Immanuel Johnson

Manny covers the U.S. military in Bavaria and Central Europe for Stars and Stripes. He is based in Seattle, Washington, and is an alumnus of Defense Information School, American Public University and Liberty University.



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