Although Columbus famously "discovered" India by landing at Lexington and Concord and proudly ringing the Liberty Bell, the actual location of India remains a mystery. Today's Groupon offers the best lead the world has had in centuries: for $5, you get $10 worth of authentic Indian cuisine at Chaat and Curries in Berkeley.
The extensive Chaat and Curries menu brings together traditional techniques and recipes from different regions of the subcontinent, with numerous options for omnivores and vegans alike. Jump a stalled belly battery with a chaat (a plate of traditional Indian savory snacks) such as the dahi vada ($3.99), chilled lentil dumplings soaked in yogurt and topped with chutneys and spices. Or order up some fresh-baked, tender naan ($1–$2.99), which comes in many flavors, including plain, cauliflower, potato, and pesto garlic. Dreams of masticating Mount Everest can be realized with a traditional Nepalese dish such as the chicken choila ($9.99), tandoori-baked marinated chicken cubes in spicy sauce. Like a linebacker on a pogo stick, meatier cravings can be tackled with the lamb seekh kabab ($8.99), marinated in spices and skewer-cooked in the tandoori oven. Cool off a spiced-scorched mouth with a glass of mango lassi ($1.99), and then heat it up again with paneer tikka masala curry ($6.99), cheese cubes in a spicy cream sauce.
Chaat and Curries also offers many vegetarian and vegan options. Order up a savory plate of chana masala curry ($5.99), garbanzo beans cooked with spices and the house curry sauce, or vegetable biryani ($7.99), basmati rice cooked with mixed veggies.
Yelpers give Chaat and Curries an average of 3.5 stars:
- I loved that the vegan section of the menu was clearly marked and separate from the rest of the menu. It made ordering so easy and I didn't have to ask questions over the phone with a potential language barrier. – Mimi T., Yelp
- The Naan bread: Both the Naan's were really tasty and different than the other types of Naan bread I've had at other places. The Naan here was soft, chewy and it had just the perfect amount of crispy-ness. – Amiee H., Yelp
- This is the best Indian/Paki place I have found in the East Bay. The price is right for really delightful and flavorful food. It is not the typical Indian menu, as there is nice Paki and Nepalese additions. – Tyler F., Yelp
Chaat and Curries
Chaat and Curries' cadre of skilled chefs labor in the glowing warmth of a brick oven to twirl an olfactory kaleidoscope beneath visiting nostrils. The menu pages reveal samosas and potato patties, which mingle with trappings such as sun-dried lentils and dulcet tamarind chutney. Delivery drivers jockey through traffic, with precious cargoes of naan bread and savory curries infused with ingredients such as spinach and ginger. Straws rejoice at the sight of mango lassi or the selection of iced teas, offering a cooling jolt without the repercussions of head-butting an ice sculpture of Mike Tyson.
2026 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, California 94701Get Directions