Food Truck Spotlight: Kasa Indian

30 Sep

Our spotlight today is from Anamika Khanna of Kasa Indian. Thanks for taking the time to talk to us Anamika!

Q: What sparked the interest to start Kasa Indian?

A: I wanted to introduce people to traditional home-style, authentic Indian Food.  The kind that we actually grew up eating.  Not too greasy, not over spiced.  There is an emphasis on vegetables and balanced eating.  We also use Roti, which is the traditional bread eaten at home.  Naan, mostly very popular in restaurants, is eaten more for special occasions such as weddings or other parties.

Q: What kind of food does your truck serve and what inspired that choice of cuisine?

A: Indian Food.  I’m born and raised in London, but was taught to cook by my aunt and grandmother.  They are both excellent cooks, and really know how to spice food delicately enough to bring out the natural flavours, and not overpower the dish. I love to cook almost anything, but I wanted to introduce the American culture to Indian food, as it is a way of introducing them to my culture.  It’s a way of making my immigrant family feel super proud that they and their culture are incorporated into the mainstream Western culture.  I also feel that the food is so good for you and hearty.  Often people try only to eat salads in an attempt to eat healthy. This food is centuries old and very balanced between lentils, vegetables both cooked and raw, carbs and proteins.

Q: What do you recommend first time visitors to try at your truck?

A: First timers usually LOVE the Chicken Tikka Masala Kati Roll and a Samosa with chutney.  I also recommend they say ‘NO’ when asked if they like it spicy.  Once they try the food, if they love their food spicy, then we add Kasa Super Hot sauce to the roll.

Q: What’s the best part about serving at the SF State campus?

A: It’s great for us because we get to feed students who have open minds and are excited to add new foods to their palette.  It’s great that we can start to educate people early on to the different types of Indian Food.  The food is also inexpensive so it feels good to be able to feed a student who is often on a budget, a full meal that they can afford!

Q: What’s something most people don’t know about your truck?

A: On the truck’s design is the phrase ‘Horn Ok Please’ – This is a nod back to India where this phrase is on almost EVERY truck.  I have written a blog about this where you can learn a little more about it.


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