If you live in Southern California or visiting the area and have a craving for Indian cuisine, you do not have to fly to New Delhi or Mumbai in order to have authentic Indian food. Little India in the city of Artesia along Pioneer Boulevard is a concentration of Indian restaurants and shops.

The area is not officially designated but it is well known that it is the place for authentic Indian food and items. Artesia is a small city located on the southeastern portion of Los Angeles County. The city started as a farming community with Portuguese and Dutch immigrants with their dairy farms. As the demand for housing continued, these dairymen moved their operations further east into Chino and finally incorporated in late 1950’s. The population of Artesia is now diverse with Asians making up a big portion. There are a large number of Indian-owned stores and restaurants along Pioneer Boulevard but despite this concentration of Indian-owned businesses, Asian Indians made up roughly 5% of the population as of the last census.

Some of the popular restaurants and stores are:

Shan Restaurant for their authentic tandoori, curry and biryani rice dishes

The India Restaurant for their buffet lunch.

Little India Grill a small spot for authentic and fast food Indian style dining,their food to go is also very popular.

Ambala Sweets & Snacks for their wide variety of luscious sweets for dessert –Bengali sweets, Jalebi, Ladoo, various kind of Burfis, kalakand, Halwa,  Rasmalai and about 15 different spicy savories with your tea or drink.

Little India Marketplace for Indian groceries, spices, food and knick knacks.

Little India Village with a collection of several restaurants and shops all ione location.

Little India is the place if you are carving for Indian food but not everything about the place is food but also for shopping Indian goods. It is the place if you want to shop for exotic Indian fabrics and jewelry. Take a leisure walk and browse the colorful shops; colorful sari clothing materials and exotic Indian knick knacks.  

 

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