The culinary artisans at Kokila Indian Cuisine prepare a bevy of dishes with influences from different geographical areas within India. Experience a flash of taste with an appetizer of crispy onions fried in lentil batter ($4.50) or gobi Manchuria, deep-fried, soy-sauce-infused cauliflower cooked under intense heat in the desert for which it is named ($7.50). Rise above hunger with a hearty entree of eight marinated jumbo shrimp ($14.95) while obviating pangs of thirst with a refreshing mango lassi ($3), or placate grumbling tummies with a plate of garbanzo beans accoutered with sautéed onions and tomatoes in a medium spicy sauce ($9.95). Indian cuisine neophytes, meanwhile, can try a first-timer special, which consists of soup, vegetable pakoras, vegetable kurma curry, chicken tikka masala, naan, an instruction manual, and rice ($14.95).
“Indian food.” Those two words call to mind a handful of ubiquitous dishes but hardly capture the subcontinent’s wealth of regional cuisines. Wild Chutneys Indian Cuisine goes beyond what’s expected to introduce palates to a new world of fragrant spices and colorful curries. The menu reads like Marco Polo’s travelogue, spanning nearly all of India and Pakistan with regional dishes such as goan fish curry, peshawari biryani, and the fluffy naan that once paved the Silk Road. Clay ovens bake dishes of chicken tikka and ginger-infused lamb chops to tender perfection, and stews of black lentils, chickpeas, tomatoes, and okra ensure ample options for vegetarians.
In the dimly lit, draped confines of Clay Pit, fresh vegetables, meats, and spices team up to form an array of inventive Indian fare recommended by the Dallas Observer. The creative dinner menu sprinkles ancient recipes with modern flair, revving epicurean engines with appetizers such as curried mussels simmered in garlic, red wine, and a leak-free pan ($9.95). Basmati rice accompanies most house specialties, holding the hand of the Khuroos-e-Tursh as its cashews, almonds, pistachios, cream sauce, and chicken medallions ($15.95) make their journey from plate to mouth. On the outdoor patio, chefs tend to grillables such as malai kebab chicken breast ($14.95) in the tandoor, a traditional clay pit known for imbuing meats with smoky flavor so that they can imbue diners' bellies with smoky flavor.
Ziyaafat's chefs expertly organize the ancient flavors of imperial Mughal cuisine in a menu packed with authentic Indian dishes. In the kitchen, cooks sear chicken to create the murgh mughlai, then cook it with mild spices and top it with creamy gravy and almonds. Spicy dishes such as Afghan mutton karhai, an Afghan delicacy that braises bone-in mutton in a spicy tomato sauce, rest on plates above crimson table settings in Ziyaafat's dining room. The restaurant also caters corporate functions and special events with their mobile services, which proves ideal for family reunions held in a local investment firm's conference room.
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).
MasalaWok® is a Casual Asian and Indian Diner featuring best of Asian and Indian dishes. Asian menu features a blend of typical Asian and Indian inspired Chinese dishes. Indian menu features traditional curries prepared with fresh herbs and seasonings, and meats cooked in tandoor oven.