Upohar, which means gift in Bengali, is a “social impact” business and offers a gift of employment opportunity paying living wages to resettled refugees in Lancaster, Pa. We celebrate our employees’ culture and heritage by preparing authentic food from their home countries. Our food is primarily vegan and naturally gluten-free. Our affordable, international and healthy menu distinguishes us from other ethnic restaurants in the area.
See below for menus, pricing and packages.
Lunch and Dinner Menus
Although our menus are designed by region, feel free to create your own international menu by selecting items from different regions. Tip: traditionally, all our stews are served on a grain (not eaten by itself from a bowl); and alongside, one or more vegetable dish or salad is served.
Cumin Rice (basmati rice flavored with cumin seeds)
Masoori Dal (lentil stew with onions and aromatic spices)
Cabbage Tarkari (cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes cooked with aromatic spices)
Kale Saag (kale sautéed with garlic and aromatic spices)
Eggplant Tarkari (eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes cooked with aromatic spices)
Cucumber Aachar (spicy cucumber salad with tomatoes, red onion, cilantro and spices)
Alu Aachar (potato salad with toasted sesame seeds, red onion and cilantro)
To eat in the traditional manner, serve all the food on the same plate (including the salad), mix to blend the flavors, and enjoy!
Bengali (South Asia)
Pea Pulao (basmati rice cooked with green peas and aromatic garam masala)
Beguni (Bengali-style chickpea batter-fried eggplant flavored with nigella)
Chholar Dal (Bengal gram stew cooked with coconut, ginger and cumin seeds)
Shaak Bhaja (kale and eggplant sautéed with Bengali five-spice mixture)
Shaada Tarkari (cauliflower and potatoes flavored with nigella and green chilies)
Bengali food is aromatic and a touch sweet, and not spicy (hot). Typically, a Bengali meal is eaten in courses: rice and dal with something fried, followed by rice and vegetables, etc. This menu may be eaten concurrently: mix the rice and dal, and eat each mouthful of the rice-dal mixture with a bite of a vegetable dish.
Our Sub-Saharan menu features dishes from west and central Africa:
Nigerian Fried Rice (rice and mixed vegetables cooked with coconut milk)
Central African Peanut Stew (eggplant, bell peppers and tomatoes cooked in a rich peanut sauce)
Congolese Kale (kale sautéed with onions and tomatoes)
African Tomato Sauce
Spicy African Cucumber Salad (with peanuts, ginger and green chilies)
The creamy peanut stew calls for a textured vegetable dish like kale to round it out.
Kamfounata (Moroccan ratatouille made with roasted eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers and onion in a fresh tomato sauce)
Ragout aux Épinards (Tunisian spinach and yellow split pea stew, flavored with garlic and cinnamon)
Vegetable Tagine (a Moroccan stew with tomatoes, bell peppers, green beans, artichoke hearts and olives)
Loubia (Egyptian-style black-eyed pea salad)
Couscous (North African pasta cooked with onion and thyme)
Green Rice (rice and lima beans flavored with fresh dill)
Sanbusa (Iraqi-style baked turnovers filled with lightly-spiced mixed vegetables)
Corn Vadai (crunchy and spicy corn and lentil fritters) served with chutney
Shijar bil Firin (Iraqi-style zucchini frittata with cheese and fresh herbs)
Hummus (Iraqi-style chickpea dip with sesame butter, garlic and lemon juice)
Beguni (Bengali-style chickpea batter-fried eggplant flavored with nigela)
Sabudana Vada (tapioca pearl and potato fritters) served with chutney
Savory Tartlets (fillings include: butternut squash and kale in a coconut-lime sauce; roasted eggplant, zucchini and bell peppers in a tomato sauce; eggplant and bell peppers in a peanut sauce)
Betinjan bil Laban (broiled eggplant with garlicky yogurt sauce)
Coconut Kheer (coconut-milk pudding sweetened with palm jaggery and flavored with cardamom and rosewater)
Tranches d’Orange au Sirop (candied orange slices served with tapioca pudding flavored with cinnamon and orange blossom water)
Kolar Bora (Bengali-style fennel-flavored banana fritters in syrup)
Pumpkin Coconut Pudding (pumpkin pudding made with coconut milk and spices)
Stroopies Waffle Cookies (Dutch cinnamon cookies filled with caramel) — plain or chocolate-dipped
Lebu Cha (Calcutta-style black tea with lemon and rock salt)
Sharab al-Leymoun (lemonade flavored with orange blossom water and mint)
Pricing and Packages
The following prices apply for pick-up or delivery; they don’t include services. We can provide a quote for services upon request — please let us know!
Lunch — may be individually packed lunch-boxes or served buffet style
- For $8 per person: choice of 1 stew, 1 grain, and 1 vegetable
- For $11 per person: choice of 1 stew, 1 grain, and 2 vegetables
- Add dessert for $3 per person
- Add beverage for $2 per person
Dinner — served buffet-style
- For $15.50 per person: choice of 1 stew, 1 grain, 1 vegetable, 1 salad
- For $18 per person: choice of 1 stew, 1 grain, 2 vegetables, 1 salad
- Add appetizer: $4 per person for each selection
- Add one dessert: $3 per person for each selection
- Add beverage: $2 per person for each selection
- 3 items for $7 per person
- 5 items for $11 per person
Would you like our suggestions to fine-tune your menu?
Submit a request and we will get back to you.
Come taste the food. We serve lunch Monday-Friday, from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (take-out available until 2 p.m.) and dinner on Saturdays from 5:30-9 p.m. (last seating at 8:30 p.m.). We are BYO.
241 W. Roseville Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
(off Fruitville Pike, same side as K-Mart but the next block, around the corner from SaveMart)