Cooking meat in a tandoor oven is one of the best ways to expose it to high levels of heat, next to shoving it in a pit of lava or holding it over a supermodel's abs. Turn up the heat with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Indian fare at Taj Mahal Restaurant in Orland Park.
Taj Mahal Restaurant's chefs call on passed-down family recipes and the expertise required to delicately blend hot and savory spices to craft a menu of authentic north-Indian cuisine. Fresh house-made paneer marinates in a blend of spiced creamed spinach in the saag paneer ($9.95), and a rich sauce sprinkled with almonds coats succulent cubes of chicken in the chicken korma ($10.95).
The tandoor oven yields tender seekh kebabs ($12.95), minced lamb grilled on a skewer or letter opener, and fish tikka ($13.95), a marinated piece of spiced tilapia. Soak up excess deliciousness with fluffy segments of naan ($1.50) before sipping on a lassi ($3) mango yogurt smoothie to cool off taste buds. Taj Mahal plans to start serving beer and wine on Friday, February 10.
Find Chicago restaurants near you.
Taj Mahal Restaurant
Built on family recipes, Taj Mahal Restaurant features an array of North Indian specialties. Chefs start with a few basic spices, such as onions, garlic, and ginger, to create their aromatic sauces for dishes such as vegetable korma, chicken tikka masala, and saag gosht—cubes of lamb over a spicy spinach purée. Both lunch and dinner feature buffets lined with a spread of vegetarian and seafood entrees, rice biryanis, and tandoori specialties. Proving that one does not have to bite into something to find it delicious, the dessert menu features housemade mango ice cream, Indian-style rice pudding, and raw gossip.