Though India and Indiana are roughly the same word, their cuisine offerings are worlds apart. Find out the difference two letters makes with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of Indian cuisine at Taj Mahal, a family-owned eatery on Market Street.
Taj Mahal’s cooking style employs a delicate blend of whole and ground spices that work in tandem to accentuate the natural flavors of each dish. Inside the spacious dining room, feasters have ample space to memorize the menu, which offers a wide array of traditional Indian fare with excursions into seafood and Mediterranean cuisine. Brace the palate for a culinary awakening with starters such as vegetable samosas ($3.50) or the spicy, lightly fried calamari pakora ($8.50) before forking into some classic tandoori chicken ($8.95), which is marinated for hours in delicate spices and homemade yogurt and baked in a clay oven. Descendants of Mr. McGregor can nosh on vegetarian options such as the homemade cottage cheese cubes and creamy spinach of palaak paneer ($9.95), while culinary explorers can set sail for Mediterranean fare such as shish kebab ($14.95). Pair any entrée with a traditional naan ($1.95) or snag the flaky, buttery laccha paratha flat bread ($2.95), and finish off with the cooling kheer rice pudding topped with almonds and pistachios ($2.95).
Three Yelpers give Taj Mahal an average of 3.5 stars.
The Executive chef operates under the mantra that it's not the spice level but the delicacy, freshness, and wielding of the spices that makes a meal sing. He flaunts his seasoning skills with specialty tandoori entrees, which are forged through a cooking process that combines grilling, baking, and mesquite charcoal smoking. After de-fatting the meats, chicken, and fish to make each dish healthier, he marinates the proteins for hours in homemade yogurt and ginger, forces them to watch a powerpoint presentation about how to taste good, then fires them in an imported clay oven at more than 450 degrees.
Whether diners are sipping cocktails or sampling homemade paneer cheese from the buffet, the dining room's décor infuses the experience with a sense of elegance. Golden and cinnamon-hued curtains, dramatic sponge-painted arches, and ornate chandeliers accentuate carefully curated wall alcoves, which are populated with gold vases and elephant statuettes.
1520 Market St.
Little Rock, Arkansas 72211Get Directions