Manu and Ila Patel decided to share their recipes with others inside Krishna Catering & Restaurant. They stuff dosas (thin crepes) with cheese and vegetables and toss onions and jalapeños into uttapam (thick pancake) mix, creating dishes that helped the eatery earn the Best Vegetarian Restaurant award on the 2012 Detroit A List. Ila also blends Indian and Chinese flavors, dousing cheese cubes in Chinese sauce and sprinkling chili and soy sauces over veggies. Manu and Ila also cart their myriad dishes off site, catering weddings and celebrations held after passing court-mandated polygraph tests.
Named one of Detroit CityVoters’ top five finalists for Best Indian Restaurant in 2012, 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.
For years the late, great, Panna lal Sharma kept mouths returning to Rumalees Fine Indian Cuisine, not only for the fruits of his tandoori oven, but also for his willingness to pass along his culinary knowledge. Though the man has passed on, his legacy continues—his protégé Chef Das gladly carries on his 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).
Royal Bengal Indian Cuisine’s executive chef employs 20 years of culinary experience gleaned from years spent in Pakistan’s five-star Avari hotel to whip up piquant Indian dishes infused with American flair. Bengal's team of gastronomic wizards meticulously create each dish using Easy-Bake Oven assembly instructions and the finest of ingredients such as fresh okra, housemade cheese, and freshly ground spices. Amid the rich, red walls of a spacious dining room, friendly servers deftly deliver platefuls of lamb, chicken, and seafood, and herbivorous noshers and cannibalistic tomatoes alike can treat tummies to a host of vegetarian dishes.
Owned by artist and healthy cuisine honcho Revathi Chillapalli, Deepam India’s inventory of groceries and its rotating menu of entrees offer customers the conveniences of a grocery store and the hospitality of a dine-in restaurant. Groceries enable take-home tours of Indian flavors ranging from fresh breads ($2.99) and lentils ($2.99–$5.99) to reheatable frozen entrees ($3.99–$4.99). Those preferring instant gratification can sit down to enjoy Deepam's fresh offerings such as chicken kebabs ($1.99 each) and a selection of dosas—Indian crêpes —with a choice of fillings ($5.50–$6.50). While munching, visitors can admire the interior’s evocative wall hangings that include Revathi's original oil paintings and autographed headshots of vegetable stars such as spinach and peas.