Sanskar Maharashtrian Veg. Cuisine gives owners opportunity to fulfill American dream in Katy

Thali $12.99: Thali translates to plate and is a round platter that includes curry, vegetables and rice. 
(Courtesy Megha Ozarker)
Thali $12.99: Thali translates to plate and is a round platter that includes curry, vegetables and rice. (Courtesy Megha Ozarker)

Thali $12.99: Thali translates to plate and is a round platter that includes curry, vegetables and rice. (Courtesy Megha Ozarker)

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Misal Pav $7.99: Missal pav is a curry served with bread and is favorite Maharashtrian breakfast that can also be a snack. (Courtesy of Megha Ozarker)
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Vada pav are deep-fried potato patties served in bread buns.
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Tiffin $10: Tiffin refers to a light meal and typically includes rice, curry and vegetables. (Courtesy of Megha Ozarker)
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Megha Ozarker, owner and founder of the Indian eatery runs all operations. (Courtesy of Megha Ozarker)
Megha Ozarker said she wholeheartedly believes in achieving the American dream.

When Ozarker first emigrated from India to the U.S. in 2005, she knew she wanted to be a restaurant owner but had no experience in the field, she said.

However, Ozarker was persistent, and after a lot of hard work and failures, she opened her own restaurant, Sanskar Maharashtrian Veg. Cuisine, in April 2019.

“She will often tell you, ‘You never give up your dreams. Never,’” said Ravi, Ozarker’s husband. “She also tells our 12-year-old son that America is a great country where you can achieve your dreams if you work hard and are ready to not give up after failures.”

At the time the eatery opened, it was the only registered Maharashtrian vegetarian cuisine restaurant in the nation. Maharashtra is a state on the west coast of India.


The restaurant offers authentic dishes, such as thali, a sampler plate with home-style, fresh-cooked foods, such as vada pav and missal pav, both of which are street food favorites in Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra.

Vada pav are deep-fried potato patties in bread buns. Missal pav, a popular Maharashtrian breakfast that can also be served as a snack, is a curry served with bread. Megha said the COVID-19 pandemic forced her to abandon her buffet-style eatery and adapt to one-day preorders and take-out only.

“We could not imagine serving a buffet in a COVID-19 pandemic,” Megha said. “The restaurant is family-owned, and it would be devastating if our family of three got infected somehow also.”

Sanskar Maharashtrian Veg. Cuisine

406 W. Grand Parkway S., Ste. 360, Katy

714-600-4285

www.sanskarllc.com/node/116

Hours: Wed.-Mon. noon-5 p.m., closed Tue.
By Nola Valente
A native Texan, Nola serves as reporter for the Katy edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She studied print journalism at the University of Houston and French at the University of Paris-Sorbonne in France. Nola was previously a foreign correspondent in Jerusalem, Israel covering Middle East news through an internship with an American news outlet.


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