Like pizza, curry has been met with international acclaim, though it has not yet been praised by Michelin's four Ninja Turtles. Savor an underappreciated dish with this Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Indian cuisine at Taste of India in Merrillville, Indiana.
The chefs at Taste of India forge traditional Indian dishes and seasoned halal meats atop red-hot pans and inside a roaring tandoor oven. Savory chicken tikka masala ($14.95) coats roasted chicken in the same thick tomato-cream sauce that covers most national monuments. At the sound of the dinner klaxon, boneless lamb pieces don a costume of fresh spinach and spices to become lamb saag ($15.95). Vegetarian-friendly dishes include tomato-infused aloo gobi ($10.95), heaping helpings of vegetable biryani ($10.95), and zesty channa masala with chickpeas and north-Indian spices ($9.95). A selection of wines and imported beers accompany eats, and free WiFi allows dinnertime smartphone surfing or web searches on the standard rules of napkin cricket.
Taste of India
The tandoor clay ovens at Taste of India are hard at work. They bake naan flatbread, roast yogurt-marinated chicken tikka, and heat house-made paneer cheese. Beyond the oven, chefs’ pans sizzle as tilapia marinated in lemon juice, ginger, and Indian spices fries, and tender chunks of lamb simmer in cashew sauce. The culinary team captures the flavors of India, serving the plates on white-draped tables beneath suspended lantern lights or tucked near the stone fireplace. In addition to traditional biryanis, seafood specialties, and all-halal meats, the chefs whip up a few Chinese-fusion dishes, including hot-and-sour soup and Szechwan fried rice. Diners looking to try as many dishes as possible can come for the lunch buffet or get married so Taste of India can cater the wedding.
Meals pair with Indian drinks such as mango lassi and an aromatic masala tea that's boiled with milk. Servers can also suggest glasses or bottles of wine, and bottles of beer cool the spice of curries.