Tandoori ovens were relegated to kitchens when artists found them to be ineffective for firing pots and the Indian Mint kept overcooking rupees. Enjoy eats from India's traditional roaster with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of authentic Indian cuisine at The India Garden in Mishawaka. This Groupon is also valid for the lunch buffet.
India-born parents infused The India Garden's owners with the culinary know-how to craft a menu of authentic Northern Indian eats, ranging from tandoori breads to chicken and lamb curries. Fresh ingredients converge in plentiful vegetarian dishes, such as the paneer masala, a patchwork of cheese, tomatoes, and green peppers drizzled in a zesty sauce ($8.99). The tandoori mixed grill's savory jumble of chicken, lamb, Reshmi kebab, and shrimp ($11.99) bursts forth from the scorching embrace of a traditional clay tandoor oven. Placate sensitive palates with fish masala, paired with peppers, onions, and tomatoes in a curry sauce as mild as a G-rated documentary about paper clips ($11.99).
A behemoth chandelier greets eaters entering a dining area trimmed with sunny linens and paintings of exotic scenes. The India Garden's adjacent grocery store supplies diners with all of the epicurean essentials to re-create entrees at home or over chemistry-class Bunsen burners.
The India Garden
Though The India Garden’s chefs contend with the blazing fires of a tandoori oven every day, they know that not everyone has their tolerance for heat. That’s why they let customers specify their own level of spiciness when ordering a northern Indian entree or specialty tandoori dish. Whether mild, medium, or hotter than a pepper in a garter belt, exotic Indian spices enhance the flavors of meats such as minced ground lamb, sautéed chicken, and shrimp marinated in yogurt. The India Garden’s sprawling menu includes plenty of options for vegetarians and gives the owners a chance to share a cuisine that is close to their heart. As members of a family that emigrated from India, they maintain their native land’s tradition of warmth and hospitality.