As he stands before the blazing ovens at Spice Kitchen, Executive Chef Choudhary has a single thought in mind: "How can I make this dish the best it's ever been?" Choudhary's pursuit of perfection has taken him from India to New York to Pennsylvania, and infuses the food on Spice Kitchen's menu. Choudhary's meals are built upon a foundation of Northern Indian culinary traditions. This means lots of fragrant, flavorful spices, from the delicate chicken korma to a platter of kebabs roasted in a tandoor oven. Just because the restaurant is renowned for its traditional dishes doesn't mean Choudhary is averse to experimentation; his take on chicken tikka masala replaces the standard tomato sauce for an unconventional cream sauce summered with onions and spices. All of these dishes pair well with Spice Kitchen's fresh naan, kulcha, and other breads, which a reviewer from the Montgomery News says diners "would be foolish not to order." These feasts and more unfold within the restaurant's spacious dining room, which glows with the incandescent warmth of the candles that light each table.
At Aman's Indian Cuisine, traditional spices, herbs, and vegetables transport tongues to the other side of the globe with Indian classic vegetarian and omnivorous menus. Saag paneer's glaciers of house-made cheese bob through creamed-spinach waters rippling with mild spices ($10.95), and ginger and garlic greet taste buds making contact with tadka dal's yellow lentils ($9.95). After it's puréed, baingan bharta's grilled eggplant mixes with a spice-adorned combination of tomatoes, onions, and peas ($10.95) as skillfully as two mischievous children in one white suit mix in with a crowd of departing astronauts.
Flavours of India is all about choices. Not only does the restaurant offer a daily lunch buffet and a huge menu, it also introduces diners to reinvented Indian dishes served alongside ages-old classics. Tandoori oven-cooked entrees, South Indian specialties such as rice crepes stuffed with potatoes, and creamy curry dishes with chicken, lamb, shrimp, or vegetables satisfy taste buds with flavor-bursting offerings. Diners can end their meals on a sweet note with a traditional mango lassi drink or desserts such as Indian-style pistachio ice cream and carrots cooked in milk.
At Chinnar Indian Cuisine, spices are so intrinsic to the food that the menu has a glossary explaining the flavors and functions of each one. Ginger and garlic, for example, lend a sharp taste and aroma to kadai with lamb and green peppers, while black pepper gives you the ability to roar cartoon flames. The same attention to detail goes into tandoori entrees baked in a clay oven, from chicken tikka to lobster tail.
The chefs at Desi Village Restaurant assert dominance over hunger by mixing powerful spices into creamy curries and colorful veggie stews. They pair housemade cheese with spinach to create palak paneer, a filling and nutritious dish that both vegetarians and meat eaters can dip into with garlic naan or roti bread. Similarly, yellow lentils serve as the main protein in dal chana?s mix of tomatoes, ginger, cumin, onions, and fresh garlic. Meatier meals include tandoori shrimp, marinated in yogurt and spices, and chicken kebabs. The dining room is just as colorful as the food-prep station, with marigold and cream fabrics sweeping across the ceiling and green chairs tucking up to tables.
Executive chef and owner Bharat Luthra named his restaurant Khajuraho after a town in Madhya Pradesh, India—a town famous for a series of Hindu and Jain temples filled with erotic monuments. Like those iconic statues, the sights, smells, and tastes of Luthra’s Indian cuisine create a vivid statement in support of sensuality and the enjoyment of life. His restaurant's elegant white-clothed tables, great enough in number to seat up to 120, stage feasts fit for mild to spicy palates and carnivorous to vegetarian appetites. Luthra bakes succulent marinated chicken inside a tandoori clay oven, spikes fresh seafood with garlic and ginger, and keeps vegetable balls from rolling off the plate with a smooth cream sauce and repurposed bowling-alley bumpers.