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.
The epicurean alchemists at Swades mingle cumin, tomatoes, and coconut milk to create vegetarian Indo-fusion curries and dals that combine into healthy meals easily picked up at the restaurant’s drive-thru. The menu, which changes daily, beckons tongues with dry curries studded with green beans and okra, gravy curries simmering with tofu and kidney beans, and dal dishes that send lentils on speed dates with mango, spinach, or cucumbers. An overwhelming majority of Swades’ dishes are vegan, and one chef draws on a background in raw-food preparation, entertaining taste buds with nuts and spices that have never known the malicious tickle of a nefarious stovetop flame.
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.
The menu at Tadka features dishes of double-fried tofu and hot-garlic beef point to Sichuan influence, while tomato-chili paneer and curried noodles brim with Indian spices. Whatever the culinary inspiration, cooks create each dish from scratch at the moment it's ordered. Once ready, servers ferry the feasts to tables in a red and mustard-yellow dining room adorned with waterfalls, Asian accents, and black stalks of bamboo.
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).
Bollywood Bistro's exciting cinema-themed menu keeps taste buds on the edge of their chin-seat from trailer to grand finale. Start your palate's passage to India with an order of delicately spiced and fried white-meat chicken pakores ($5 for five pieces) or vegetable samosas, which stuff seasoned potatoes and peas into crispy pastry ($2). Bollywood Bistro offers nine types of Indian breads including classic naan ($2), as well as stuffed varieties such as aloo naan, which comes stuffed with potatoes, ginger spices, and herbs ($2.50)––any of which dutifully accompanies an entrée until they both meet their fate in the jaws of a hungry patron.