Maharaja's mammoth dinner menu offers an array of traditional dishes, vegetarian-friendly fare, and a variety of freshly baked roti bread. Meat and seafood that have been marinated in a yogurt, ginger, and garlic sauce are broiled over charcoal to create succulent tandoori dishes ($9.95–$11.95), and a medley of vegetable dishes, such as kofta curry with dumplings, energize herbivores for stilt-walking strolls on scenic beaches ($8.75). Diners can get stomach juices flowing with an appetizer of dahi bhalla, which consists of lentil cakes served with yogurt ($2.95), or a small plate of crispy samosas stuffed with spiced potatoes and green peas ($2.75). Instead of licking ice sculptures at a fancy gala, patrons can cool off taste buds with a refreshing lassi, a sweet or salty whipped yogurt drink ($1.95), before enjoying a cup of raisin- and nut-topped Indian rice pudding ($2.95).
Dakshin Indian Cuisine's creative chefs blend southern-Indian spices with Chinese flavors, crafting a menu of artful eats with elegant tastes. Dakshin means "south" in Sanskrit, and the southern starters shine, with the traditional Rasam soup ($2.99,) chock-full of tamarind, lentil, and piquant spices, great for warming up stomachs and filling pockets with a snack for later. Thin, lentil crêpes, or dosas, hail from the south and come smothered with cooked minced meat in the keema dosa ($9.99) or potato and onion in the masala dosa ($6.99). Chinese influences seep through the sauce of the szechwan chicken hakka noodles ($9.99), covered in julienned vegetables and sprinkled with secret messages in Mandarin.
Persis Indian Grill’s cooks prepare heaping platters of authentic, flavorful Indian cuisine, specializing on biryani entrees. To start meals, they marinate and deep-fry more than 20 appetizers, such as cheese cubes, juicy chicken, and cauliflower in a corn-flour batter before tossing them in spices. For the main event, cooks infuse veggies and halal meats with piquant spices and creamy, buttery sauces. Entrees include Indian classics such as fish curry, butter chicken, lamb rogan josh, and diwani handi—an assortment of mixed veggies simmered in a spice-layered cream sauce.
Curry Leaf Fine Indian Cuisine welcomes diners to enjoy authentic Indian dishes that burst with flavor due to their premium spices, herbs, and other fresh ingredients. Visitors can fill up at the daily lunch buffet after a long morning of filling up a neighbor’s pool with concrete mix and wind down in the traditional dining area. The restaurant also includes a banquet hall that can seat up to 100 people, a perfect setting for memorable occasions such as graduations and birthdays.
According to one NapervilleSun writer, Green Chilli is an eatery where "the essence of Indian food can be experienced". Diners can dig into quintessential Indian dishes such as tikka masala, fish curry sweetened with tamarind, and lamb or goat biryani. The restaurant's chefs also fuse Indian and Chinese flavors in dishes like battered, fried paneer cheese tossed with soy sauce, onions, green peppers, and chilies. Attached to Green Chilli, Kwality Ice Cream scoops frosty desserts after dinner.
The Indian Harvest adorns white tablecloths with north Indian curries, pilafs, and kebabs distinguished by myriad spices such as pods of cardamom, cloves, cumin, and mustard seeds, and bowls of mint or pickle chutney. Over 20 vegetarian dishes showcase the versatility of eggplant, cauliflower, and peas, as well as their ability to harmonize with lentils and avoid getting redfaced when infused with whole chiles. A clay oven known as a tandoor sizzles lamb, chicken, and shrimp at a high temperature to seal in marinade and keep cholesterol down, and provides the bellows to puff up rounds of seasoned, leavened naan bread. Wood panels cut with floral designs screen sections of tables and booths in the dining room, whereas views of the lake open up the banquet hall.