Cuisine of India floods palates with vegetarian dishes and meat entrees roasted in a tandoor, a traditional clay oven from Asia's heart-shaped country. Vegetarian curry concoctions such as the potato-and-cauliflower aloogobi coat patrons' innards with a warm layer of onions, tomatoes, and indian spices ($7.99), increasing the bloodstream's spiciness to a level too potent for man-eating yetis. The kebab house is home to many clay-oven-cooked dishes including the specialty, tandoori chicken, spring poultry marinated in punjabi spices and yogurt sauce ($8.99), and fish tikka banjara, boneless mahi-mahi marinated and broiled on a skewer ($11.99). Sop up leftover sauce with an accompaniment of plain naan ($1.50), whole-wheat tandoori roti ($1.95), or vampire-thwarting garlic naan ($2.50).
While Columbus's Indian culinary scene often emphasizes South Indian vegetarian dishes, according to the Columbus Dispatch, Amul India has turned its gaze toward the fragrant meats of North Indian traditions. The eatery's menu pairs traditional vegetable entrees with curry-slathered meats and savory tandoori dishes forged in the sweltering heat of a clay oven. Amul's crisp, white tablecloths swim in the buttery light of chandeliers amid blush pink walls equipped with a wormhole to New Delhi as guests complement their eclectic spices with a bottle from the wine list, which Jon Christensen of the Columbus Dispatch calls "unusually elaborate."
The talented chefs at Dakshin Indian Bistro dish out tantalizing plates of authentic Indian fare. The appetizer menu promises delightful starters in the rich tradition of Indian street fare, such as the prawn mirchiwala, a piquant sauté of shrimp, chilies, onions, and curry, or the crispy samosa, a portable pastry stuffed with potato and green peas. Like locker combinations or launch codes, the delicious entrees beg to be shared, with poultry- or veggie-based treats including the lentil and tomato dahl tadka or the saucy Hyderabadi chicken curry.
Banana Leaf Vegan and Vegetarian fills its dining room with platefuls of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free Indian meals cooked with fresh spices ground in-house. The juices from 16 curry dishes and seven rice specialties can be mopped from the plate with 10 different Indian breads and washed down with lassi drinks. Banana Leaf’s catering services, which serve small gatherings to weddings with more than 1,000 guests, both please party hosts and literally sustain festive homemakers stuck in a web of their own decorations.
Indian Palace ignites exotically flavored belly fires with its piquant menu of homemade northern Indian cuisine. Crumple to the floor in awe at the godlike power of the mighty tandoor, a clay oven that fires up savory dishes like tandoori chicken tikka (boneless chicken marinated and char-grilled, $11.50) and fills metaphorical breadbaskets with the literal bread of fresh baked palak naan (stuffed with spinach, ginger, and herbs, $2.99).
Inside New India Restaurant, chandeliers illuminate plates of enticing Indian fare dusted with spices and herbs, lighting up taste buds with anticipation. Around the dining room, guests dig in to cuts of chicken roasted in a tandoori oven, chick peas tempered with ginger, and thali, a traditional Indian meal of lamb curry and chicken pakora served on a silver platter.