Indian restaurant opens in Aiken

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Chef Sunny Kalra makes naan bread at Chaugan, a new Indian restaurant in Aiken.  JACKIE RICCIARDI/STAFF
JACKIE RICCIARDI/STAFF
Chef Sunny Kalra makes naan bread at Chaugan, a new Indian restaurant in Aiken.

Owners Dori Langley and Sunny Kalra, the chef, decided to open Chaugan, at 235 Richland Ave. W., to bring traditional Indian food to the Aiken area, Langley said.

Kalra, who is from India, previously worked as the chef at Bombay Central in Augusta, she said.

Langley said she met Kalra through a friend and enjoyed his food so much that she wanted to open a restaurant with him.

“We invested everything we had to redo the kitchen, order the uniforms and paint the restaurant,” Langley said.

Chaugan has six employees. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and seats 50. It also provides catering and serves food at the Hotel Aiken bar.

“Everything is authentic. The spices come from India,” Langley said. “I believe in healthy food. Indian food is very healthy. There’s no gluten, no MSG, no peanut oil. Lots of people that have allergies can eat the food.”

All of the restaurant’s food is cooked in a charcoal tandoori oven, she said.

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mytwocentsworth
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mytwocentsworth 01/21/12 - 10:28 am
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I tried Indian food years ago

I tried Indian food years ago at a restaurant in Atlanta and did not like it, really string curry flavor. My friends talked me into trying this restaurant and I was amazed how good it was. The Chef is very friendly and engaging, and the food is fresh. I've been back about a dozen times and it's consistently great - you may get hooked!

GeezeLouise
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GeezeLouise 01/21/12 - 05:47 pm
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The location is rather
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The location is rather ironic. I like Indian food so I may have to make a trip to Aiken to try it. I wish the Augusta area had more ethnic restaurants besides just Mexican

TrueVoice
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TrueVoice 01/22/12 - 09:29 am
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GeezeLouise, We have Indian,

GeezeLouise,
We have Indian, Pakistani, Turkish, Thai, Vietnamese, and I'm probably missing a few, here in Augusta. Furthermore, we have more than one of each, other than the Turkish. I ate at Bombay for years and will try Sunny's new joint. It didn't say but I hope a lunch buffet is in order.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 01/22/12 - 10:24 am
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Twigs soaked in curry.

Twigs soaked in curry.

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