What look like kaleidoscope cross-sections on the walls of Rangoli Indian Cuisine are actually examples of a generations-old folk art. Rangoli is an Indian tradition, and consists of decorating courtyards, houses, and places of worship with these flowering patterns. The Rangoli paintings here are by famed Indian artist Dr. Dinesh Sharma, and they showcase several types of intricate designs.
The artwork is a perfect complement to the food, which is just as authentic and detailed. The lengthy menu features signature entrees such as mint- and papaya-rubbed racks of lamb, and clay oven-roasted butter chicken. At the full-service Auburn Hills location, diners can also take advantage of a lunch buffet every day of the week. Aspiring chefs can even turn to Rangoli for cooking classes, instead of staying home and testing their dishes on mannequin focus groups.
The chefs at Mirchi Indian Cuisine pull sizzling meats from their tandoor clay oven, ladle up simmered servings of flavorful curries, and fold veggies into doses with South Indian spices. They serve up platters of rice biryani in the Hyderabad style and dragon boats full of noodles in the Indo-Chinese style. Domestic and Indian beers wash down mild and spicy bites and authentic Indian desserts seal the meal.
Named Best of Detroit 2014, Priya Indian Cuisine serves a vast menu of dishes crafted from beloved recipes from across India. Skilled chefs prepare each signature regional dish according to centuries-long traditions, showcasing the smoky, tandoor-cooked meats and unleavened breads of Northern Indian tradition as well as Southern India?s distinctive blends of spices and flavorful sauces. The culinary crew can also be found fueling the kebab-filled clay tandoor oven with charcoal and wood or whipping up rice-based pulaos and biryanis native to the southern city of Hyderabad. To complement the meat-focused dishes, the chefs forge a variety of meatless dishes featuring fresh, housemade paneer to sate the appetites of vegetarians. Eaters can chow down amid the regal dining room?s rich-purple linens, palm trees, and Indian statues or break bread.
Chef Das gladly carries on the tradition of crafting fine food and sharing trade secrets with an accessible teaching-style. Students of her classes gain a greater understanding of the culinary traditions that infuse the Indian subcontinent, from making paneer masala with freshly-pressed cheeses to comprehending the difference between currying favor and favoring curry.
Lauded by Detroit News columnist Molly Abraham as an authentic Indian-cuisine outpost and a cozy, elegant spot to politely dismantle food with your mouth, Mazza Indian Cuisine offers diners dual menus of adventurously flavored fare. Inaugurate a yacht-sized feast with a shattered masala dosa, a south indian crepe crammed with savory potato curry ($7.95). Then tuck into an entrée like the tandoori mixed grill, packed with a menagerie of clay-oven offerings ($16.95), or the karai lamb, dressed in an edible tracksuit of tomatoes and onions ($13.95). Lunch fare includes the savory vegetarian baingan bartha, an oven-baked eggplant steeped in subtle spices ($5.95), and the shrimp bhuna, wallowing in a thick curry with green peppers and tomatoes ($9.95).
Thin slices of shawarma fall from the twirling rotisserie spit as the chef fills pita bread for one of Sizzling Kabobs' hearty sandwiches. Chicken shawarma is just one of the options on a menu filled with Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine. The kitchen team marinates chicken before grilling it in kebabs or baking it tandoori-style to a rose-pink. They also make hashwi by blending ground beef, rice, chicken, and almonds—a nutritious meal that makes it unnecessary to spike coffee with Flintstones vitamins.