Made in Idaho: Saffron Indian Cuisine delights tastebuds with unique flavors

"People feel like this is the food about love"
Posted at 9:16 AM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 11:16:25-04

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Dazzling your tastebuds with flavors from halfway across the world. That's the aim of a local business right on Main Street in downtown Twin Falls.

As you walk the streets of downtown, you can almost always smell the delicious food from Saffron Indian Cuisine. It's a little savory and a little sweet--but the love story of the people inside is even sweeter.

For Ratnadeep "Sanu" Chakraborty and his wife, Rosmery Chakraborty Serva, their love for cooking began early--long before they opened Saffron's doors.

Rosmery's love of food began with the family business in Peru, and for Sanu, it began in his mother's kitchen in India.

"From childhood, I have some feelings for food," Sanu said.

When the couple met and fell in love while working in Sun Valley, they decided to settle down in Idaho and share their love of cooking with the Twin Falls community.

"I always think: we're a couple, we love food, let's make our own," Rosmery said.

It wasn't an easy road. The young couple didn't have much of a budget and were worried their dishes might be too different.

"I was a little afraid of how they would react because the spices and the flavors are completely new to Twin Falls people," Sanu said.

The couple says since they opened their doors, the community has been beyond supportive and welcoming.

"People feel like this is the food about love," Rosmery said. "This community is like, I couldn't be more thankful and grateful with god that we chose this exact location."

Sanu keeps the menu fresh--and in order to encourage folks to get out of their comfort zone and try new things, he changes it every six months!

"You have to try different things," Sanu laughed. "Indian food isn't just a couple of items, that's why I can't keep one item in the menu for along time--year after year."

Saffron has also become a place for refugees to find work--although the couple says you don't have to be a refugee to work there.

"The people who were here from Nepal, most of them are refugees and most of them share the same culture with India," Rosmery said.

The pair says the staff brings so much love into their lives and has become like a family to them--and that's the secret ingredient that makes the food so delicious.

"That to me is the most important thing that Saffron brings to the community: all about love and food," Rosmery smiled.