At Taste of India, an aromatic spread of sizzling tandoori meats, creamy paneers, and rich curries enraptures palates with its intense flavor and vibrant colors. Like licking an ice cream cone while operating a rowing machine, each meal combines appetizing taste with wholesome healthfulness, packing a punch of fresh ingredients culled from local farms and an ample selection of vegan or gluten-free dishes. As spicy tikka masala and slow-simmered vegetables tickle olfactory apparatuses with sweet scents, fluffy loaves of bubbly naan or steamy forkfuls of basmati rice soak up pools of tomato sauce and cream peppered with green herbs, red tomatoes, and yellow turmeric. Taste of India can also serve clientele with drop-off catering, and its opening in 1988 makes the restaurant as old as many budding pro athletes and, pending an amendment allowing 24-year-olds to wear ties, the next president.
The cooks at New Amber Indian Restaurant expertly season their Punjabi Indian dishes with a wide range of carefully selected spices. Whether it's marinating chicken in yogurt and freshly ground spices before cooking them in the clay tandoor oven or seasoning shrimp curry, the cooks strive to bring out all the traditional flavors in each dish.
Shortly after Cherian Abraham moved to the United States from his Indian homeland, he opened the small video store that would blossom into Kashmir Groceries and Imports, a vibrant crossroads of South Asian sundries. Cherian’s son and the store’s present owner, Bijo, continues his father’s tradition of supplying local households with imported South Asian fare, Bollywood video rentals, and other knickknacks seized from Marco Polo’s suitcase at customs. Heavy sacks of basmati rice, cans of pickles and chutney, and rows of exotic spices line the grocer's shelves alongside fresh produce and certified halal meats. Phone cards keep loved ones up-to-date on juicy gossip and local monsoon reports, and a DVD-conversion service digitizes the essences of Indian cinema for at-home enjoyment.
India Bazaar imports international ingredients for Indian cooking at home and also supplies ready-to-eat dishes for instantaneous consumption. Spices, Indian breads, and fragrant teas lead shoppers or Wolverines by their noses through well-stocked aisles. Indian beauty supplies embellish faces, and cookware helps patrons transform hefty sacks of rice into biryani. India Bazaar accommodates visitors from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. seven days a week, and as an added bonus, students of Syracuse University can call to request a complimentary shuttle.
Rich, tomato-based sauces, yogurt marinades, and mango chutneys ensure each of Bombay Thali’s dishes bursts with flavor. The BYOB restaurant’s chefs use them to season chicken, lamb, and goat, preparing Indian entrees as time tested as the subcontinent’s fondness for watching cricket played by crickets. In addition to the tandoori and biryani classics, seafood curries beckon with shrimp and swordfish. A full array of naan, including a version brightened with mint, can carry the curries and sweet dipping sauces to tongues.
At the helm of Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant?s kitchen is a chef with more than 28 years perfecting his craft. The chef?s range of Indian recipes is exhaustive, from aloo dum?stuffed potatoes cooked in a light spicy sauce?to chicken kali mirch simmered in a curry sauce. The kitchen?s tandoor clay oven cooks marinated shrimp, lamb, and stuffed breads at a temperature high enough to reshape the hairstyle of anyone who gets too close.