Without the advent of Indian cuisine, turmeric, ginger, curry, and cumin would just be members of another failed garage band, devoting their combined efforts to the composition of well-seasoned power ballads. Savor some four-spice chord structure with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Indian cuisine at Tandoor-A-India in Playa Del Rey.
With a spice-centric lineup of slow-cooked curries, plentiful proteins, and verdant vegetarian offerings, Tandoor-A-India offers up a bounty of traditional Indian favorites. Palates can initiate feast sequences with an appetizer plate of keema samosas, deep-fried turnovers stuffed with ground lamb and served with sliced onions and lemon ($4.95). Quell drawn-out hungers with a tandoori dish, such as a lamb boti kebab, that has pulled an all-nighter in a marinade of Indian spices ($11.95), or dive into vegetarian-friendly fare, such as mushroom masala cooked in a rich curry sauce ($8.95). House specialties such as the creamy chicken tikka masala ($10.95) pave the way for a dessert parade led by regal plates of gulab jamun, lightly browned cheese-cake balls that roll out the red carpet for heretofore neglected sweet teeth ($2.95).
Manjit Singh, known to his contemporaries as a tandoori guru, has captained the kitchen at Tandoor-A-India for 20 years. In that time, he's developed a bountiful menu of Indian cuisine that hinges on aromatic curries and meats marinated overnight before facing the blazing fires of a tandoor oven. Vegetarian options include saag paneer packed with housemade cheese and enough spinach to sate a starving Popeye or the vegetable korma with cashew nuts and a creamy curry sauce. As diners sop up reservoirs of curry with buttery loaves of paratha, they toast the multiple uses of yogurt with frosty, creamy glasses of mango lassi.
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