The dishes of Indian cuisine are paradoxically both exotic and accessible, like a pop-up book on ancient Mongolian history or a flying saucer with automatic transmission. Explore the uncharted territories of your taste buds with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Indian fare and drinks at Raj Darbar.
A recipient of the 2011 Michelin Bib Gourmand award, Raj Darbar expertly draws from the ancient culinary traditions of the Moguls to produce a diverse menu of aromatic curries, savory seafood, and clay-oven meals. The tandoori dishes, such as the lamb-based boti kebab ($14.95) and the tandoori chicken ($13.95), put spices and lean meats through a baptism of fire courtesy of the tandoori oven, which seals in juices with intense heat and somehow doesn’t melt itself. A vast array of vegetarian options, such as the matar paneer ($11.95)―cubes of homemade cheese cooked with peas, onions, and roasted cumin―leap fresh from the cast-iron wok, delighting herbivores and herbivores-for-a-day alike. Feel free to escort a meal with an exotic, nut-stuffed peshwari naan ($4.45), or pair a plate with a multilayered, brooding, introspective paratha ($3.50), which packs palates with flaky goodness.
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Raj Darbar, celebrating 23 years in business and a four-time recipient of Michelin's Bib Gourmand rating for good value, honors centuries-old Indian culinary traditions with a menu of wholesome dishes prepared to order and cooked in the tandoor, an Indian-style clay oven. Fired by charcoal and heated to 900 degrees on the sides, the tandoor locks in meat's natural juices and the flavors of herbs, spices, and rambunctious genies. Ingredients such as turmeric, cardamom, and ginger balance out each bite against the zestier flavors, as do four types of chutney.
2660 N Halsted St.
Chicago, Illinois 60614