Indian cuisine spans a range of flavors: from the spicy taste of vindaloo to the mild taste of rice pudding to the supermild taste of a folded napkin you put all the way in your mouth. Taste real Indian food with this Groupon.
$15 for $30 Worth of Indian and Nepalese Cuisine
At locations in Gurnee and Niles, the menus include Nepalese dishes such as chicken momo, flour dumplings filled with minced chicken and spices ($7.95), jhane ko daal—boiled lentils sautéed with cumin seeds, ginger, and garlic ($9.95)—and khasi ko masu, bone-in goat meat cooked with Nepalese spices ($11.95). The selection of Indian dishes includes palak paneer, with spinach and cubed cheese in a creamy tomato sauce ($9.95) as well as chicken tikka masala, which is marinated and cooked in a creamy onion tomato sauce ($10.95), and tandoori chicken ($12.95).
Home cooking can be hard to find when home is on an entirely different continent. But the owners of Himalayan Restaurant knew how to bring the flavors of their South Asian home to Chicago. They sought out Chef Bishnu Subedi, who relies on his 12 years of experience as well as his training in a Kathmandu culinary school. Befitting the subcontinent’s rich and diverse history, Chef Subedi designs expansive menus, which embrace the Northern Indian, Nepalese, and Asian subcultures that define the region’s cuisines.
This cultural fusion is readily apparent in dishes such as the momos: steamed Nepalese-style dumplings that are typically stuffed with minced chicken or vegetables and served by street-food vendors throughout Nepal. Northern Indian flavors completely shine through on certain dishes, including the tandoori chicken, which marinates overnight in spiced yogurt before the chefs quickly barbecue the meat inside a traditional clay tandoor oven. House-made paneer cheese and fluffy naan also evoke the flavors of South Asia; the restaurant further embraces its cultural roots by serving Indian beers and water from melted Nepalese glaciers.