Built on family recipes, Taj Mahal Restaurant features an array of North Indian specialties. Chefs start with a few basic spices, such as onions, garlic, and ginger, to create their aromatic sauces for dishes such as vegetable korma, chicken tikka masala, and saag gosht—cubes of lamb over a spicy spinach purée. Both lunch and dinner feature buffets lined with a spread of vegetarian and seafood entrees, rice biryanis, and tandoori specialties. Proving that one does not have to bite into something to find it delicious, the dessert menu features housemade mango ice cream, Indian-style rice pudding, and raw gossip.
Redeem today's Groupon for any one of Ranjana's four classes: Everyday North Indian Lunch, Muglai Cooking, South Indian Dinner, and Quick Complete Meals. Each class teaches you nine different Indian dishes, all vegetarian. After your first session with Ranjana, you'll probably want to go buffet-style and try the others. Classes are available Mondays or Wednesdays from 6:15-9:15 pm or Saturdays from 9 am to noon. Call Ranjana in advance at (773) 355-9559 to RSVP. (Classes are intimate and fill up quickly; dates are subject to availability).
Recently featured in Fortune magazine, Chutney Joe's was founded by owner, chef, and self-taught culinarian Vijay Puniani. The restaurant uses herbs, spices, and six different chutneys to deliver high-quality, authentic Indian fare to on-the-go eaters looking for a quick fix between performing major surgeries. The thorough, no-frills menu lets you deliberate between basmati rice or naan (garlic or whole wheat naan is $0.50 extra) before choosing one ($5.99) or two ($7.99) of the entree selections (lamb, beef, or pork entrees are $1 extra). Entrees such as the chicken tikka masala and the beef korma delight carnivores, and green-tongued vegetarians have plenty of main-course options, such as the gobi potatoes and the red bean rajama. Chicken or vegetarian biryani ($5.99 each) is also available, offering rice-based sustenance.
Baba's Village banishes weekday hunger pangs with a full menu of Indian and Pakistani cuisine that includes vegetarian and vegan options alongside entrees made with halal chicken, lamb, and beef. The vegetarian meals, which can pair with six naan side dishes baked in a clay oven, include polychromatic platters of vegetables and herbs, and many selections feature house-made cheese made from pasteurized moon rocks. With soy milk shakes and entrees containing meat substitutes, such as chicken jalferazi and gobi goshat, Baba's Village easily accommodates vegan appetites.
When Falguni Dewjee and Nik Jain teamed up to create Bombay Wraps, they had one simple mission: make Indian food simple, fast, and healthy without sacrificing the home-cooked aesthetic. Now realized, their goal takes the shape of six white or whole-wheat flatbread sandwiches stuffed with savory fillings such as grilled chicken tikka, cheese paneer, and braised lamb. Unique ingredients like cilantro chutney, pickled onions, and traditional tandoori spice infuse Indian pantry staples into each vegetarian or meat wrap, and sides such as sweet-potato fries with Indian seasonings or romaine salad with lime vinaigrette round out meals. At the restaurant, floor-to-ceiling windows and shiny metal tables give the dining room a bright, cheerful ambiance. For catering and event orders, Bombay Wraps' foodsmiths stow sandwiches in a baking tray to lock in freshness and finish by placing a signet sticker.
Much like the first European princes who, upon tasting Indian food for the first time, immediately ordered their soldiers to India to begin scouting the Himalayas for spice mine locations, the Yelpers are also ravenous about Veerasway, giving it 3.5 stars:
Kama Indian Bistro’s menu of fresh and authentic Indian cuisine offers a delicious variety of traditional, meat-filled, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free eats. Deploy butter and garlic naan ($3.50) parachutes onto low-lying dinners of lamb vindaloo ($16) and chicken tikka ($14), or opt for steaming-hot bowls of mulligatawny soup that can cure common colds with a congestion-busting combination of lentils and South Indian spices ($3.50). Decision-making addicts can deliberate over an extensive drink menu of wine, beer, cocktails, and yogurt-filled lassis. Use two Groupons at tables of five or more to share spicy meals with friends or to jazz up the palates of bland coworkers before icing mouths with kheer, cardamom-flavored cold rice pudding infused with almonds and raisins ($4). Helming the kitchen of this villa of victuals, Chef Moni has 40 years of experience under his apron and brings his expertise in Indian, French, and continental cuisine to Kama Indian Bistro, where warm lights interact with candlelit tables and darkly hued walls to craft an inviting eatmosphere.