Indian Restaurants in Jefferson City

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Chef and owner Raj left his native Punjab in 1994 to earn his culinary stripes working as a cook in New York City. After a year of training and practice, he relocated to St. Louis, where his expertise in the art of Indian cooking quickly won praise in the Riverfront Times, which dubbed his eatery the city’s best vegetarian restaurant.

Laden with meat-free options, the menu entices taste buds with spiced and nutritious ingredients such as saag paneer’s spinach and fresh cheese, aloo gobi’s cauliflower and potatoes, and chana masala’s tender garbanzo beans. Chefs also throw dairy to the wayside in many dishes, including the vegan mirchi bhajia—deep-fried anaheim peppers stuffed with potatoes and spices hot enough to peel the wallpaper off a doll’s house. A catering menu provides spreads for large groups and flash mobs that rent the on-premises banquet hall.

2286 McKelvey Rd
Maryland Heights,
MO
US

The native chefs at India Palace use traditional cooking methods to sizzle up a tasty array of Indian cuisine, drawing from a pantry of fresh ingredients and spices. The 11th-story dining room regales patrons with scenic views of the landscape typically reserved for window washers or wealthy passengers on low-flying UFOs. Open seven days a week, India Palace stocks a buffet for lunch before populating dinner plates at 5:30 p.m.

4534 N Lindbergh Blvd
Bridgeton,
MO
US

Once a dining party slides into a smoky-blue booth under hanging green lights, it's not long before the group is joined by the stars of the evening??stuffed dishes of tandoori chicken and fish cured in the heat of a charcoal clay oven. Black-and-white portraits of historical figures look on with jealousy as patrons kiss scoops of vegetarian and lamb curry dishes, sopped up with warm naan or whole-wheat roti. Meals move from savory to sweet with fruity yogurt drinks and traditional Indian desserts such as the delicate dumplings of gulab jamun?spongy milky balls soaked in a rose-scented syrup with the same sugar content as a baby's giggle.

19 N 5th St
Columbia,
MO
US

When Krupa and Sid Panchal moved from Bombay, what they missed most about their native city was the food. Hence, they revved up St. Louis's first Indian food truck, showcasing a menu paying homage to their traditional Indian street fare, including vegetarian and vegan-friendly options. They sizzle up easy-to-transport eats, such as vada pav?mashed potatoes deep fried in a chickpea flour batter?and dosas?thin crepes, stuffed with potatoes, cheese, or vegetables. The flavorful dishes are enhanced with dry or wet chutneys made from tamarind, cilantro, or garlic.

St Louis Area
St Louis,
MO
US

Chef Daljit Singh enjoys playing with the conventions of traditional Indian cuisine, infusing elements of Chinese cooking to create new dishes and flavors. With more than 10 years of experience, chef Singh traffics in avant-garde Indian cuisine, which he serves with elegant, balanced plating. At Copper Chimney, the flavors of curry and chutney can be complemented by beer or wine from the bar or salty and sweet lassi drinks safe for those who still have to commute home via their Power Wheels.

200 Mid Rivers Center
St. Peters,
MO
US

Since 2001, the cooks at India's Kitchen have fashioned fresh vegetables and halal meats into northern and southern-Indian cuisine. They simmer tikka masala with charcoal-roasted shrimp, roast ginger-marinated chicken in a tandoor oven, and fry battered morsels of housemade paneer cheese. Patrons savor these dishes in an inviting dining room with red walls and hanging chandeliers.

14222 Manchester Rd.
Manchester,
MO
US