The tandoori clay oven is the centerpiece of Guru India Restaurant?s kitchen. Its intense heat seals in the flavors of chicken marinated in yogurt, spices, and herbs. The oven is also responsible for a medley of traditional Indian breads stuffed with onion, garlic, potatoes, and even cheese made in-house. Nearly 20 vegetarian dishes round out the menu; try the saag chole, a mixture of chickpeas and spinach simmered in a tomato and cream sauce.
Within Anand Indian Restaurant's bustling kitchen, a team of culinary alchemists carefully blends herbs and spices for its diverse range of Indian dishes. The chefs call upon North Indian traditions to craft tandoori plates, where a special clay oven locks seasoned juices inside cuts of meat better than a mime gives directions to the highway. Meanwhile, South Indian recipes forge Uttappam, Indian-style pancakes crowned with chilis and vegetables, and dosa, thin rice crêpes bundled with savory fillings. Meanwhile, more than 20 meatless dishes offer mouthfuls of creamed lentils, house-made cheese cubes, and sweet baby carrots imbued with light spices.
Perhaps most well loved in the area for its colorful, aromatic lunch buffet, Kanak India Restaurant also offers a vast menu of classic Indian cuisine. Cooked in the authentic clay oven, tandoori chicken emerges sizzling and crisp on the outside with a tender, juicy inside, and disks of naan are peeled from the hot clay sides, soft and bubbly.
At Aesop's Tables, cooks prepare a menu of specialties that amalgamate the culinary traditions of Greece, Morocco, Spain, and Portugal. Seasoned, roasted lamb shank share menu space with shrimp that has marinated in a blend of spices and herbs for 24 hours. Plentiful vegetarian offerings include pitas topped with squash, peppers, and tzatziki.
Traditional North Indian cuisine is plentiful at AAB India Restaurant, a low-slung family-owned business on the south side of Indianapolis near I-65 at the County Line Road exit. A daily lunchtime buffet and a special Friday night spread features a variety of curry, tandoori and tikka dishes inside the traditional banquet-style room. If you’d prefer to order from the standalone menu, consider the samosa chaat. Garnished with spiced garbanzo beans, potatoes and chutney, the dish is a popular appetizer, while main-course options include lamb biryanis and chicken makhni. AAB India also offers more than fifteen vegetarian dishes, including a housemade palak alloo, which features potatoes cooked in spinach and flavorful spices. Authentic Indian beverages and desserts are a unique offering at AAB, where guests can sip on Indian tea, mango juice or even a lassi, the traditional yogurt drink.
At Jet's Pizza, the pies pile gooey cheeses, sauces, and delicious toppings atop thin, hand-tossed, and rectangular deep-dish crusts. Customers will also find the ability to "flavorize" their crusts, adding ingredients such as parmesan, garlic, and sesame seeds to them. And glancing at the menu, they'll also find hot sandwiches, wings, and salads, in addition to specialty pies coated in toppings such as pepperoni, veggies, and feta cheese.