The Clay Oven Halal Opens in Selden

The same restaurateur who has been serving up Indian  and Pakistani food in Smithtown and Hauppauge has now opened a Clay Oven spot in Selden. What started as a food truck in Selden has come back to its roots in the area and patrons are happy for it.

“You have no idea how happy this makes me,” wrote Kimmy Donovan on the restaurant’s Facebook page after they announced the new location. “I followed you from your food truck to Selden and even came to see you in Smithtown. So happy you’re heading back out this way!!”

Their appetizer menu includes Ragara Patties, spiced potato patties made with chickpeas, yogurt and served with chutneys ($7); Chicken Samosa, fried pastry with ground chicken filling ($2.50); Chaat, chickpeas in sweet yogurt sauce with tamarind sauce – choice of papri or samosa ($7); and Pav Bhaji, a famous Indian street food with mixed vegetable and dinner roll with spicy flavors ($10).

Entrees at their Selden spot include a Tikka Masala with boneless chicken, lamb or goat, onion, tomato and bell peppers cooked in mild, medium or hot spiciness ($14); Nihari, with chicken, lamb or goat, onion, garlic and ginger, slow-cooked over several hours with mild, medium or hot spices ($14); Stuffed Eggplant, with ground chicken and light tomatoes and onion sauce – choice of lamb for an additional cost ($14); and Anda Kofta, ground lamb meatballs cooked with hard boiled egg, onion, tomato, gravy and light spices ($14).

On Yelp, Amanda L, from Farmingville, gave it five stars.

“Really great! This is a new place but it is definitely promising,” she wrote. “The food is so great. Some of the best Indian food I’ve had in a while. Everything is spiced so perfectly!”

Stefan W, from Coram, also loved it.

“Nan is soft, fluffy and chewy, the way it should be – not hard and overcooked like some,” he wrote. “Hands down, this is the best Indian food anywhere near here.”

Location: 1245 Middle Country Road, Selden, (631) 320-0386.

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