Our favorite Indian breads at LI restaurants

A sign is displayed outside Curry Club in

A sign is displayed outside Curry Club in Hicksville. (Sept. 3, 2011) (Credit: Jin Lee)

At Indian restaurants, it's traditional to eat your bread with the main course instead of before dinner. Some breads come stuffed; others not. Most are ideal for dipping or scooping up meat or vegetables. Here are some tandoor-baked favorites.

RAGA

FOOD 2 1/2 stars

130 Old Town Rd., East Setauket

631-689-7242, ragali.com

COST $$

This contemporary Indian fusion spot serves a fine aloo paratha, the puffy whole-wheat bread stuffed with a well-spiced potato mixture. You'll also find a deeply gratifying onion kulcha and cheese naan.

CURRY CLUB

FOOD 2 1/2 stars

96 N. Broadway, Hicksville

516-719-2888, curryclubli.com

COST $$

At this Hicksville newcomer, the onion kulcha, garlic naan and mint paratha breads are among standouts.

NEW CHILLI & CURRY RESTAURANT

FOOD 3 stars

106 Woodbury Rd., Hicksville

516-932-9180

COST $$

Order the combo bread basket at this Indian-Thai-Chinese-Malaysian restaurant. In it are well-blistered naan, lush onion kulcha and hearty aloo paratha, all good foils for the fiery fare.

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