At Niramish, turmeric bursts in sunset hues in curries. Mango and pineapple cut the spice in cool chutneys, and the aromas of ginger and garlic tangle in the air. Those scents drift from clay-oven tandoori dishes, curries, and fried rice. The dishes range from mild to hot and spicy, with mango lassis and buttered naan bread soothing palates still a-tingle from plates of tofu vindaloo cooked south-Indian style.
The skilled foodsmiths at Bhojan Market, nestled beside its sister Indian restaurant Bhojanic, forge prepared meals, freshly roasted spices, and house-made pickles that package up the essences of Indian cuisine for at-home enjoyment. The market’s expansive menu whisks palates away to the forests of the Indian subcontinent, where sweet mango chutney ($3.99/small; $6.99/large) seeps from trees and boneless jewels of chicken tikka masala ($4.99–$8.99) await discovery in pools of tomato cream sauce. Piquant sauces pour like heavy rains over wheat chapatis ($4.99 for six) and paratha flatbreads stuffed with ginger and potato ($6.99 for five), the spices of which wash down to bellies in steaming streams of tea. Elephants trumpeting their hunger from inside tummies can quietly chomp on vegetarian dishes such as punjabi kardi-onion dumplings swimming in a yogurt-based curry sauce ($3.99–$6.99). Intricately woven tapestries and exotic plants join with the sharp aromas of freshly roasted spices to draw visitors in to Bhojan Market. Though not included in this Groupon, the market also regularly hosts cooking classes and leads expeditions to retrieve tongue-soothing coconut milk from the summits of Mount Everest.
Udipi Cafe's traditional Indian ingredients and recipes form the basis of its expansive menu of flavorful vegetarian delights. Serenade taste sensors with appetizers such as a delectable potato-cauliflower duet of aloo gobi ($8.50) or the broad tasting board of the assorted sampler platter ($7.95). Dry and spicy chickpeas swim in a pond of piquant curry sauce in the chana masala curry ($8.50), which pairs pleasantly with a side of paratha bread ($1.95). Indo-Chinese specialties transport diners to the northern climes of the subcontinent with flavor combinations such as vegetable hakka noodles ($7.95), and dinner specials fill traditional platters with offerings such as the royal madras special thali and royal south indian thali ($13.50 each).
Himalayas Indian Restaurant showcases the rich, diverse flavors of regional Indian cooking. Roasted meats, simmered vegetables, and fragrant curries all benefit from the wealth of spices and herbs found throughout South Asia. The chefs begin every day by grinding and preparing fresh spices for their dishes, lending vibrant flavors to the menu that Zagat scored as "very good to excellent."
Herbs and Spices on the Menu
The eclectic character of the Indian subcontinent comes out in more than just the menu's herbs and spices. In the dining room, meals unfurl to a soundtrack of Indian flutes and drums; in the kitchen, the chefs embrace traditional cooking techniques by roasting everything from skewered meats to breads inside their charcoal-fired, clay tandoor oven. Even the recipes have deep ties to Indian tradition, having been passed down through generations of Indian families.
The culinary traditions of Pakistan and India blend together on Agha Restaurant’s menu, whose dishes are made with Zabiha Halal meat and Abu Adnan chicken cut by the chef’s own hand. Samosas hiding seasoned veggies kick off meals of butter chicken and goat paya, a Pakistani breakfast soup flavored with curry-based spices. The eatery’s signature dish, the hunter beef sandwich, is comprised of beef brisket sautéed with green chilies and topped with chutney. Diners can finish meals with specialty desserts including fruity shakes, creamy kulfi, and faloodas—milky concoctions filled with nuts, dessert noodles, ice cream, and fruits.