Every spice that flavors the dishes at Mahan Indian Restaurant is first hand-ground by the chefs. Eschewing pre-made spices infuses the chicken tikka masala and vegetable samosas with vibrant flavors, and ensures the meals are as authentic as possible. To further up the authenticity, the chefs use a traditional clay oven, found in many Indian households, to cook skewered veggies and marinated lamb and shrimp. As with the spices, the chefs bustle in the kitchen throughout the day to build dishes from scratch. And for folks who'd rather not limit themselves to one entree, Mahan Indian Restaurant lets them off the hook with a buffet filled with their traditional sub-continental eats.
Baba Ji, the proprietor of Silverlake Juice and Tea, explores a new frontier in fusion with the food at Cowboys and Turbans?the tantalizing blend of South Asian, American, and Mexican cuisine. The menu unites antipodal parts of the globe with hearty samosas wrapped in flour tortillas instead of samosa dough, tacos filled with tandoori meats and chutneys, and pizzas made with a chewy tandoori naan crust. Towering doors of wood and iron lined with intricately carved columns reveal an open-air patio, which surrounds visitors with flickering torchlight and a canopy of multicolored cloth. Statues of animals and deities ring the courtyard, patiently waiting to ask if diners are going to finish their masala burgers, tandoori cornish hens, and aromatic vegetarian and seafood curries.
Jaipur Cuisine of India shares more than its name with the bustling city of northern India: it celebrates the region’s culinary heritage. To create its menu of authentic tandoori treats and chicken, lamb, and vegetarian dishes, the owner dutifully shops for fresh ingredients and spices himself, choosing components that are free of artificial flavoring, colors, or bionic implants. What results is a smattering of curries, vindaloo, biryani, and house-made desserts that speak to both authentic Indian tastes and the Californian palate. The soft pinks and golds of Jaipur’s décor encourage relaxation as guests munch on piquant masalas, creamy paneer, and fresh bread from its toasty clay oven.
Meticulously prepared dishes brimming with fresh ingredients greet palates at India’s Tandoori Halal Indian Restaurant, a celebrated Hawthorne eatery with a full menu of Indian cuisine. Taking its name from the clay oven often used in Indian cooking, the restaurant serves up signature morsels such as tandoori game hen and channa masala, a Punjabi-style chickpea dish laden with spices. Clay-oven-baked breads known as rotis accompany savory main courses, and desserts in the form of rice pudding add a sweet-ending note to a symphony of flavors, much as most conductors conclude orchestral pieces by distributing brownies to the audience.
The chefs at India's Oven have been crafting home-style Indian dishes since 1980. In addition to using natural spices and ingredients, chef Kamal Singh eschew food with preservatives and artificial coloring when creating his Punjabi-style home cooking. Appetizers include lightly spiced samosas stuffed with potatoes and peas, and house specialties feature mango ribs simmered in clay ovens. Diners can pair their meals with Indian beers and wine, as well as masala chai tea and three varieties of lassi. Statues of the god Ganesha adorn the dining room, which offers a candlelit space reminiscent of the colorful sets of Bollywood films.
East India Grill’s talented chefs invoke the diverse culinary traditions of South Asia with mouthwatering feasts of Punjabi and Indian cuisine. Curries infused with exotic spices entrance taste buds and catch eyes with their sunny yellows, vibrant reds, and lush, vivid greens. Tandoori chicken nearly falls off the bone as it emerges from a clay oven. Sauce-draped veggies, mango-slathered ribs, and ginger-crusted lamb arrive on tables draped in elegant, saffron-colored cloths. On warm days, diners soak up rays on a sunlit patio framed with waving plants and electrified fences to keep the tigers prowling nearby at bay.