The Ultimate Guide to Indian Food in Dallas (2023)

It’s a brilliant time to be eating Indian in Dallas. Consider this: the world’s second-most populous country is more than four times the size of Texas, a place of mingled peoples and religions, of myriad languages and regions. But there was a time when “Indian” in Dallas meant Northern Indian and nothing more. The grand dames, like India Palace, first taught us to love the comforts of tikka masala and tandoori chicken, classics whose spice palettes are tempered for the Western palate. The last several years, however, have seen an influx of South Asians and, along with them, a wave of restaurants that has made Dallas a destination on par with California for density and diversity of Indian food.

We now have restaurants from every region, from the northern reaches near the Himalayas to the southern tip that all but touches Sri Lanka. This means we can conduct a gustatory tour of the entire subcontinent, from the rarified feasts of Mughal palaces to the beachside snacks of Mumbai. You can find rose- and saffron-flavored ice cream or chile bhajis, take-away masala and tea at 10 p.m. on a Saturday night. If you’re still stuck on butter chicken, it’s time to kindle your sense of adventure.

Wake up and smell the goat curry.

Take a Tour of India

From Kashmir to Kerala, Mumbai to West Bengal, India offers a wide array of flavors and cooking styles. Follow this guide to find where to sample all of them in Dallas.

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South: Kerala and Tamil Nadu

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In this tropical land of coconut palms and waterways, fish curries bathe in coconut milk and curry leaves, dishes are tangy with tamarind, and vegetables are king. Dosas and idli come with sambar (a vegetable stew) and freshly ground chutneys. Lush, kaleidoscopic lunches are served on banana leaves, and meals end with froth-topped “filter” coffee.

Chennai Café

The vast menu includes hard-to-find specialties like Pondicherry-style shrimp fritters and iddiyapam, the rice noodles nicknamed “string hoppers.”

Saravanaa Bhavan

A vegetarian chain based in Chennai excels at the basics, such as steamed idli and tawny dosas with their unmistakable sourdough aroma.

Kumar’s Mess

Modeled on the humble mess hall, the Austin-based chain proudly serves village dishes, including shredded parotta stir-fried with vegetables (like a croissant meets fried rice).

Kerala Kitchen

At this modest but unbelievably authentic little spot located inside a gas-station, the house chicken is thick with toasted coconut.

South: Andhra Pradesh

The food of coastal Andhra is rich with peanuts and includes pulusu stews of okra, egg, eggplant, and chiles; leafy vegetables like gongura (red sorrel); and goat and fish curries fiery from the great gusts of spice from the Chettinad tradition. Hyderabad’s influence plays out in fragrant rice pulaos and saffron-laced, layered biryanis.

Kitchen of Kuchipudi

Order spiced, savory buttermilk or a cold beer to accompany cut mirchi, Indian-style hush puppies made from jalapenos dipped in cumin-laced chickpea batter. Also try the signature sorrel rice.

Godavari Indian Restaurant

The blue lights are reminiscent of a night club, and families stay late for biryani with sides of raita and mirchi ka salan (jalapenos bathing in peanut curry).

Andhra Mess

Here you’ll find the most refined and stylish weekend bhojanam (lunch served on a banana leaf tray). Even the creamy bottle gourd chutney and ginger-spiked cabbage are a delight, and the décor and service are suave.

North: Kashmir to Uttar Pradesh

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The fertile north, snug against mountains and sharing borders with Pakistan and Nepal, owes debts to the Persian Moghuls and Awadhi. The ruling Maharajas left their stamp on a regal cuisine: riches from the tandoor oven, kebabs of all kinds, and sauces velvety with crushed nuts. Dishes are decadent, down to the hallmark sweet naan, plump with nuts, dried fruits, and spices.


The over-the-top décor matches the lavishness of sizzling tandoori platters or Kashmiri dum aloo—potatoes filled with nuts, fruits, and cheese blanketed in a rich gravy.

Taj Mahal

At this white-tablecloth classic, open since 1986, you feel Persian cross-culinary influences in the soups called shorbas or the keema naan stuffed with minced lamb.

Underground Indian

Look past the shabby furnishings for the menu’s slow-fire Peshwari dum pukht (clay-pot) cooking: prawns in coconut and mustard seed, and chicken fragrant with almond, fenugreek, cardamom, and saffron.

India Haat

At this oddball modern spot, a pairings-focused wine list and drive-through, Noorani kabob is an approachable entry-point with its blend of chicken and lamb.

Kebab ‘N’ Kurry

Cinnamon strikes a comforting note in this homey cocoon, from the rich, family-recipe biryanis to the soothing Kashmiri tea topped with slivered almonds.

North: Punjab

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Punjabi cooks specialize in tadka, the technique of tempering spices in blistering oil to yield liveliness and depth to a deep roster of dals (yellow, red, black, green). Sarson da saag—the regional mustard green specialty served with makki ki roti, a corn flour flatbread—is the Indian equivalent of cornbread and greens. The dairy-rich Punjab region is also home to soft paneer (cheese) and the creamy, sweet lassi.

Urban Tadka

The food is lithe and spirited, as in kofta lajawab, plush potato-cheese dumplings in a creamy tomato sauce or tangy khadi pakoras (vegetable fritters, essentially) in saffron-colored yogurt sauce.

Mumtaz Indian Restaurant

Warm and cozy with excellent saag (spinach) and painted views of the Taj Mahal.

Punjabi Dhaba

One man in a turban serves excellent saag paneer (greens sautéed with paneer) and gingery yellow dal out of a small grocery and Bollywood video store.

West: Bombay

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With its Indochinese currents and influences from Portuguese and British rule (the city officially changed from its English name, Bombay, in 1995), Mumbai is a melting pot city of the West. It is also home to the Bollywood industry. In addition to film-set catering, beachside snack stands abound.

Bombay Chowpatty

You’ll find casual Mumbai beach fare, like fresh-pressed watermelon juice, masala omelets, and pav bhaji, vegetable curry served with a sweet bun similar to an Indian Parker House roll on the side. The counter is casual and plastered with Bollywood posters.

East: Bengal

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Bengali food has ties to Bangladesh and West Bengal, two regions that used to be one. Flavors unique to this region are sometimes pungent and fermented, sometimes gentle and muted, with a whole range of spices—from five spice to nigella seeds—that evoke China, Bhutan, and the tea-growing region of Assam.


You can get late-night meat bowls over rice at this low-key, countertop spot, but also Bengali-Bangladesh crossovers like haleem, a gentle stew of beef and lentils; the comforting rice and lentil dish kichuri; and the borhani lassi, a mint and coriander thirst quencher.

Boundary-Busting Indian

For when a single region just won’t do, these spots will give you a tour all their own.

When you want tandoori rib-eye or $26 Maine lobster butter masala.


Vegetarian temple food with lots of heart.

Iravat India’s Bistro

Elegant Nouthern and Southern Indian dishes.

Our Place

The line never stops for the weekend lunch buffet.


In India, a thali is a whole composed meal served in a circlet on a round tin tray (the thali). Typical round-ups of dishes in small bowls (katori) include rice, lentils, curd (yogurt), curries, and the soups rasam and sambar. A sweet—often indicative of the kitchen’s regional style—rounds out the flavors of salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and astringent. Treat a thali like an artist’s palette to mix flavors—and eat with your hands, “mess” (cantina) style.

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Our Picks for Thali:

High-end thali

Iravat India’s Bistro in Plano offers a take on Indian fine dining that translates into a décor of contemporary luxury and dishes with subtlety and nuance. If you order anything on the menu “thali style” (an extra $3), it will come with a lovely assortment in elegant copper dishes: a vegetable curry of the day (perhaps a dry eggplant curry with coconut); sambar soup; yellow dal lentils, whose toasted mustard seeds announce themselves in a deftly handled tadka (flash-frying); luxurious long-grain basmati rice; the exceptional house naan, which bubbles from the tandoor heat; and a sweet, usually the rice pudding kheer with a hint of saffron. This is dining in style.

Boutique-casual thali

Outside a few breakfast items, thalis are all they serve at Southern Spice, which brothers-in-law Shattish Kodeboyina and Muralidher Kolapalli opened last year in what used to be a Taco del Mar in Irving. From the counter that used to hold taco toppings, they dish up thalis whose components get a South Indian home-style spin, each platter including a selection from their seven distinct South Indian curries, whole wheat chappati from the tandoor oven, fresh-made curd (yogurt), and green Thai-chile pickle made from a family recipe. The sweet tends to be payasim, a typical South Indian dessert of vermicelli noodles in milk. From a bright chalkboard menu, choose tandoori, biryani, or curry as the centerpiece to your thali—accompanied by steaming chai.

No-frills thali

Taj Chaat House is known for its casual snacks called chaat. But you can also take a tour of India through the section of its vast menu devoted to thalis. The North Indian thali has aloo gobi, khorma, and raita (no chapatti or rice); the Andhra thali has an Andhra version of the soup sambar, and the eggplant dish bagara baigan; the Gujarati thali has the chickpea flour and turmeric square called dhokla. All served with buttermilk on Styrofoam trays with plastic utensils, and you’re ladling chutneys and pickles from the communal chutney bar.

Worth noting…

A thali is different from a bhojanam, though they’re similar in function. In Southern India, especially in the state of Andhra Pradesh, bhojanam refers to a meal of dabs served on a banana leaf rather than a tray. You’ll find dry and wet curries, rice and curd (yogurt), an assortment of fried things for crunch, the fried bread puff called poori, a segment of banana, fruit juice such as watermelon juice, and, on the side, tart and spicy pickles, a little pot of ghee, and toasted lentil powder.

Places to find a weekend bhojanam lunch: Kumar’s Mess, Kitchen of Kuchipudi, Andhra Mess (listed from most casual to the most elaborate).


Naan is the most ubiquitous, slapped to bake on a tandoor oven’s wall. But breads of wheat, rice, and lentils, prepared a multitude of ways, are part of every Indian meal. They’re works of talent and craft. A sampler.

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Laccha Paratha

rnA flaky spiraled bread, laden with oil or ghee. The shape comes from a series of folds, pull-apart and rich as a croissant. It’s a decadent specialty from the Punjab region.

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rnA pancake made from a lentil and rice batter, often laced with vegetables and flecked with herbs before serving.

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rnCrisp wafers, often seasoned with cumin seeds and served with chutneys before a meal.

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rnA leavened bread cooked on the walls of a tandoor oven. The soft billow should have bronzed blisters from the tandoor’s heat.

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rnA crisp-edged, fermented lentil- and rice- batter crepe typically served with coconut, tomato, and cilantro-mint chutneys in the southern regions of India.

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rnA puffy, deep-fried bread that inflates and settles and is often served alongside channa masala (spiced tomatoes and chickpeas).

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Kashmiri Naan

rnA specialty of the northern Kashmir region, stuffed with spiced dried fruits and nuts

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rnWhole-wheat griddled flatbread

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rnFluffy, steamed rice-batter saucers, often served alongside rasam or sambar for dunking in the southern states of India.


The complement to salty, tangy, spicy, is sweet. So Indians treat their desserts with due care, bringing together the sacred cow and the tastes of the Mughals in a creamy, colorful world of milk and sugar, syrup and spice.

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Common Indian Sweets


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The Beginner’s Guide to Chaat

Everything you wanted to know about the Indian snack but were too afraid to ask.

Chaat takes a dozen different forms, but at its most basic, consider it to be an Indian version of nachos. A crunchy base—fried crackers, crushed samosas, potato patties, or puffed rice—forms a bed for chopped onions, cilantro, tomatoes, and mung bean sprouts. In lieu of cheese sauce, there are cooling rivers of yogurt (dahi) topped with tamarind and cilantro-mint chutney. These perfect bites are glorious, playful and messy, an addictive collision of tangy, crunchy, spicy, and slightly sweet.

Though apocryphally tied to the North (Delhi), chaat is beloved everywhere in India. There’s no wrong way to approach it. If it’s your first time, maybe you want the extravagance of sev puri from Mumbai, showered in a confetti of crunchy fried noodles. But I consider pani puri the king of chaat, the only one so exquisitely interactive and self-contained.

Step up to the counter. At Taj Chaat House in Irving, $3.50 will get you six shatter-thin puffs. The chaat wallah will punch a hole in each with a deft thumb before stuffing them with finely diced potato and chickpeas. They will then be dipped in tamarind water, then cilantro-mint water, before being nestled in a Styrofoam bowl. Back at your table, lift one carefully to your mouth; it will slosh a little along the way. Crunch down and your mouth will flood with a sweet-tart savory rush that catches you off guard no matter how many times you’ve done it. Wipe your chin, grin, and repeat.

Other Common Indian Snacks


Asturdy, pyramidal fried snack often filled with potatoes and peas and fragrant with whole spices. They’re best fried to order and served piping hot with tamarind and mint chutneys and a dusting of chaat spice.

Our pick for samosa: Spice ‘N’ Rice.

Egg Puff

Ahard-boiled egg is tucked into a purse of puff pastry along with a rich, wonderful onion-tomato-spice filling with notes of coriander, turmeric, ginger, mustard seed. The parcel is savory and unctuous, rich and flaky, and makes an absolutely delightful mess of flaky puff pastry crumbs when you accompany it with a cup of chai tea.

Our pick for egg puffs: Amaravati.

Chili bhaji

Like a jalapeno popper, this instantiation of street-stand food involves a jalapeno dipped in seasoned chickpea batter, fried, and topped with raw chopped onions and often escorted by a silky tomato chutney.

Our pick for chile bhaji: Sarigama Indian Café and Supermarket.

Don’t Forget Dry Snack Mixes

Savory snack mixes, like spiced banana chips, cashews rolled in black pepper, crunchy roasted chickpeas or mung beans, fried knots of dough, and the loose, spicy-crunchy blend simply known as “hot mix,” are all part of the vast Indian snack repertoire. You can find them on the shelves of Indian groceries like Taj Grocers, Patel Brothers, and India Bazaar. Purchase by the pound at Royal Sweets.

The People You Need To Know

Over the past three decades, the Indian population in Dallas has expanded, with an influx of South Asians in the ’90s and another boom recently. It’s now a thriving, multi-faceted community, laced with culture and the accoutrements of culture: eateries and temples, veterans and trend-setting entrepreneurs, who are blending east and west, old roots and a bright new future. The profiles below shed light on the changing—and growing—Indian presence in Dallas, from those who first brought us chicken tikka masala to those introducing us to Indian ice cream or the ancient system of wellness called Ayurveda.

Pardeep Sharma of India Palace

The godfather of white-tablecloth tikka masala.

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Pardeep Sharma says that when he opened India Palace in 1985, his concept of Indian fine dining was a tough sell. “People thought curry was one dish—you just add curry powder and make a dish out of it,” Sharma says. “We had to explain that we use different spices, that it’s made from scratch.”

Originally from Delhi, Sharma came to Dallas in the early ‘80s after taking a restaurant course at New York University. When he opened Kebab ‘N’ Kurry in 1982, the homey BYOB spot in Richardson was one of the only Indian restaurants around. It quickly became a hangout for young Dallas attorneys who would sit in their cars, waiting for tables to turn. A few were so enticed by the exotic menu they memorialized it in a song. “They went through the whole menu—started with the first item and went straight through to dessert,” Sharma says, chuckling.

He wanted to try something different at his second restaurant, in North Dallas. “India Palace was a little bit larger, a little bit more fine dining, so we could show off our culture and food.” But it wasn’t easy. The detail-oriented restaurateur with a sharp eye and a presence in the dining room spent a lot of time on the floor, explaining his exotic dishes.

While India Palace has become an institution in the three decades since then, its owner is always tinkering, revamping the décor, playing with new menu items. That said, Sharma, who also owns the fast-casual Roti Grill in Uptown, knows what his customers want. India Palace is where many had their first taste of the velvety cream-and-tomato masala that so seduced the British. Like the tortilla soup at The Mansion, it’s an icon.

“The chicken tikka masala, I can’t change,” Sharma says. “They cannot get over the chicken tikka masala.”

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Navin Hariprasad of Spice in the City

An innovator of healthy, hip Indian fusion in the heart of downtown.

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Navin Hariprasad wants people to see Indian food as stimulating and vibrant, not heavy. So it helps that his Spice in the City is located amid the bustle of downtown, a bright oasis tucked into the historic Power & Light Building. With a terrace overlooking the pool, it’s the perfect cosmopolitan setting for his contemporary Indian fusion.

Born in Dallas and raised by a mother who was a strict vegetarian, Hariprasad intended to be a pharmacist, but veered toward nutritional science instead. His culinary vision reflects that career path, emphasizing healthy ingredients—wild-caught seafood, grass-fed meat. Yet his menu can still satisfy traditionalists. You can get a halal kathi roll, a variation on the popular Kolkata street food, the paratha flatbread with spiced steak with a lick of heat. Hariprasad’s raita is creamy and fragrant with toasted mustard seeds; his vegetable korma soothes with cashews and coconut milk.

There are plenty of surprises, too. The breakfast menu features tacos—including one with chicken curry alongside egg and cheese—courtesy of Cruz Macias, who was lead chef at Gloria’s for 10 years. Marcias oversees the breakfast shifts as well as the Indo-Mexican portion of the menu. And Hariprasad reached out to Houston-based chocolatier Annie Rupani, whose Houston-based hand-painted chocolates come in flavors like garam masala and cardamom rose.

With vegan options and swanky cocktails now in place, Hariprasad has already identified his next fusion challenge: repurposing an elevator shaft as a chef’s table.

The Empire of Indian Ice Cream

Kaurina’s specializes in a traditional Indian sweet.

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The Singh family specializes in the traditional Indian dessert kulfi, made from slowly caramelizing milk, stirring until it turns thick and the sugars appear tawny, before being frozen in the form of a popsicle. The result, which they sell as Kaurina’s Original Kulfi, is neither custard nor gelato, almost more fudge than ice cream. It is velvety and dense under the teeth.

“It’s been around for hundreds of years,” says Aman, the son in the business and Kaurina’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. “There are large Indian food companies making kulfi, commodity brand kinds of things with artificial flavoring and coloring, but no one that specializes. This is the only company that does [kulfi] as our only product.”

The Singh’s niche business started in their home kitchen in Dallas. They based their treats on the flavors remembered from the Punjabi vendors who are commonly seen trundling their carts. There is creamy malai, suffused with warm notes of roasted, ground cardamom. Another is pista, with the grit of deep-green pistachios. They also offer kesari, lush with saffron. The process is simple, the flavors indebted to the regal Mughal courtiers’ tastes for costly spices and nuts.

But Aman’s mother, Jas Singh, started simply.

“At that time,”Aman says, “our Indian cuisine wasn’t readily available [in Dallas] as it is now. Lots of folks were making things at home. My mother found a recipe for kulfi.”

She had the patience to caramelize the milk as it should be—it is, after all, the primary determinant for the fudgy texture. Aman remembers the stir it made among friends, who would bring out-of-towners to try it. The Singhs had no inkling of how to scale up the kulfi business, nor any particular need to. His father, Hari Singh, with a background in geology, had moved the family to Texas to take a job with ExxonMobil, and then gone on to open a wholesale jewelry business that was proving profitable.

But by late 1990s, the Indian community in North Texas had grown, experiencing an influx of South Asian immigrants from India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The Singhs remembered when every trip to India included an extra suitcase for the shopping list of things to bring back. But now they were starting to see restaurants and grocery stores proliferate, catering to a new and stable community. That’s when they started exploring kulfi again. Things came together remarkably fast.

Initially, they handed out samples to businesses—mostly Indian grocery stores—of the kulfi they’d made in individual molds. The stores reported selling out the same day, Aman says. With their support and encouragement, Aman and his parents persisted. They bought more molds. By 2000, they had moved to their current facility in Far North Dallas and added more flavors: vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate, joining the classic trio of mango, malai, and pista. In 2004, Aman quit his job to join the business full-time with the goal of broadening the market, realizing its crossover appeal. Ice cream pint flavors now include coconut and chikoo, a sweet tropical fruit.

In 2012, they took home first place at the World Dairy Expo Championship in Wisconsin for their original malai kulfi in the Innovative and Creative Products category. (“They’d never tried anything like it,” Aman says.) But the true windfall had come in 2011, when Costco picked them up, pushing their market from the 60 to 70 shops in North Texas to distribution nationwide. Aman never dreamed they would be “the Henry’s of Indian ice cream,” he says, drawing a local comparison. Meanwhile, the confluence of demographics and demand have made Dallas the home of what may be the nation’s only boutique kulfi producer. If you have not reached into a Costco freezer or the Irving or Richardson IndoPak Supermarket cooler for one of the fudgy, beguilingly flavored frozen treats, you should.

“We’re kinda maxed out at capacity right now,” Aman says. The family’s current goal is to open a new, larger facility by the end of the year. Meanwhile, Aman still remembers when the business was a home operation—when every evening they cooked milk on the kitchen stove and every morning he went out to deliver the frozen gold.

Ayurveda Ambassador

In the kitchen next door, East meets West with classes in vegetarian Indian food and living with the seasons.

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By the time I leave her house in a tranquil community in Irving, she has laid before me her special blend of Indianspiced nuts, warmed me with her chai tea blend, and told me that I was most likely of a constitution that was susceptible to having cold hands and feet. I most likely enjoyedto graze on salads, she added, telling me that I probably need to ground myself with soothing things like avocado. Sapna Punjabi-Gupta was right. And the constitution she was referring to, according to Ayurveda, is “vatta.”

Ayurveda, the thousands-of-years-old Hindu system of health and wellbeing, is centered on the notion of balancing elements in the body—air, fire, water, earth, ether, according to ancient Vedic tradition—in order to achieve wellness. Integrating nutrition, meditation, and exercise are part of a vegetarian lifestyle. Spices aid digestion and a balanced system promotes immunity. One eats according to the seasons, but also with mindfulness to one’s dominant dosha: vata (wind), pitta (fire), or kapha (water).

All of this Punjabi-Gupta blends into her multi-faceted work (Naivedhya by Sapna). A registered dietician with a Masters in nutrition, Punjabi-Gupta has done extensive work in endocrinology and specialized in neo-natal nutrition at Baylor University Medical Center, but also has a certification as an Ayurvedic practitioner. It’s this she brings to her work, part of a growing awareness about the places where East and West can meet—in her case, in delicious dialogue.

Many people had asked her, she says, how it was that Indian vegetarian food was so satisfying. Colleagues at Baylor, seeing her vibrant lunches, confessed their despair at facing yet another tofu burger. Her mission became providing people with more balanced, nutritionally sound options. And people were hungry for it: People who attended the classes she held out of her home, or the director of the Crow Collection of Asian Art, who saw possibilities for awareness and education. She sought to integrate Western nutritional science with the Eastern tradition to make it practical.

“I value evidence-based science, but I also have my Indian roots,” she says.

Punjabi-Gupta was born and raised in Mumbai, where her mother still lives, and came to the United States to pursue her Masters at a university in Cleveland, where she met her husband. Baylor in Dallas was her first and only clinical job, but five years ago, she left in order to spend more time at home with her children. This was the beginning of ushering in a new phase in her life. “I opened my home and I opened my doors,” she says, with the aim of sharing what she knew: Western nutrition overlaid on what was deeply familiar and intuitive.

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What Indian food should I try? ›

Some of the Best Cuisines to Try
  • Butter Chicken. Butter chicken is mouth-watering, delicate chicken cooked in spiced pureed tomatoes and milk cream over a pan. ...
  • Samosas. Samosas are a very famous traditionally made Indian food. ...
  • Matar Paneer. ...
  • Rogan Josh. ...
  • Tandoori Chicken. ...
  • Masala Dosa. ...
  • Hyderabadi Biriyani.

What was the most important Indian food? ›

Curry is one of India's most popular and well-known dishes. Tomato-based curries are known as the ultimate comfort food in India, and countries all over the world have adopted this opinion too.

What makes Indian food famous all over the world? ›

Indian cuisine is world famous for its delicacy and impeccable taste and also due to some other major reasons. Indian cuisine is gaining in popularity around the world daily. Its spicy, delicious, and aromatic flavour appeals to many people. The United States is another country where Indian cuisine is trendy.

What are the basics of Indian cuisine? ›

Staple foods of Indian cuisine include pearl millet (bājra), rice, whole-wheat flour (aṭṭa), and a variety of lentils, such as masoor (most often red lentils), tuer (pigeon peas), urad (black gram), and moong (mung beans). Lentils may be used whole, dehusked—for example, dhuli moong or dhuli urad—or split.

What should I get my first time at an Indian restaurant? ›

Great Dishes for Beginners—What Should I Order?
  • Samosas are tasty and filling appetizers.
  • Chicken Tikka Masala is a great beginner's dish.
  • Indian chai or milk tea.
  • Chicken biryani.
  • Raita is a great choice to cool your stomach after spicy food.
  • Family style is the most authentic way to eat Indian food.
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What is the most delicious Indian dish? ›

9 of the most popular Indian dishes you have to try
  1. 9 of the most popular Indian dishes.
  2. Biryani. It is a mixed rice dish which can include any kind of meat, eggs or vegetables. ...
  3. Dosa. ...
  4. Butter chicken/Butter paneer. ...
  5. Tandoori meats, vegetables and bread. ...
  6. Samosas. ...
  7. Chaat. ...
  8. Daal Makhni.
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What is the oldest Indian dish? ›

Aloo ki kachori is the oldest dish known in the country. This is a North Indian dish in which dough is separated into ball sized portions, stuffed with mashed potatoes mixed with garam masala, pulverized chili and salt for flavour. These are fried in oil and served with tamarind sauce.

What are 3 traditional foods in India? ›

10 Traditional Must-Try Foods to Eat in India
  • 1) Masala dosa. Arguably South India's most renowned culinary export, masala dosas are famous the world over. ...
  • 2) Chaat. ...
  • 3) Dal makhani. ...
  • 4) Vada pav. ...
  • 5) Stuffed paratha. ...
  • 6) Dhokla. ...
  • 7) Barfi. ...
  • 8) Pani puri.

What is traditional Indian breakfast? ›

A typical breakfast in India varies depending on region, but is often quite similar to a lunch or dinner. A breakfast plate in India might include roti (flatbread), dosas (thin crepes made of lentils) or idlis (steamed rice-dough pancakes), and different dips and chutneys, as well as spiced potatoes.

Which country eats the most Indian food? ›

Indian cuisine enjoys its presence across most of the sampled countries, but it is especially popular in United Kingdom, South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Germany, France and US.

Why is Indian food so healthy? ›

But there's another continent where the traditional cuisine has plenty of health benefits: India. In India, the food can vary depending upon the specific area it originates from, but in general, it uses a lot of plant-based proteins such as beans and lentils, whole grains, and fermented foods including yogurt.

What are the 4 types of Indian gravy? ›

The four main gravies used in Indian cooking are White gravy, Hariyali gravy, Makhni gravy and Brown onion gravy.

What are the 4 basic cooking techniques used for Indian cuisine? ›

Top 11 cooking techniques used in India
  • Chaunk/Tadka - Tempering. This cooking technique is the most common one and is used for adding a deep flavour of spices to a dish. ...
  • Dum - Slow Cooking. ...
  • Bhunao - Sauteing & Stir-frying. ...
  • Dhungar/Dhuanaar - Smoking. ...
  • Talna - Frying. ...
  • Tandoori - Grilling. ...
  • Bhaap - Steaming. ...
  • Balchao - Pickling.
Jan 18, 2022

What is a normal Indian meal? ›

Most Indian meals (depending on whether your host is vegetarian or not) comprise of rice, Chapati (flatbread), meat, vegetable and lentil dishes, salad, yogurt, and pickles. Water is served with every meal, but in current times, you could be offered a glass of wine.

How much do you tip at Indian restaurant? ›

As a general rule, expect to tip around 10% of the bill. If you get exceptionally good service, say thank you with a tip closer to 15-20%. Whether you're tipping with cash or card, always use the local currency to save money. Use the Wise travel money card.

Do you tip in Indian culture? ›

Is tipping customary in India? Yes, it's customary to tip in India. While traveling through India, on a tour or otherwise, travelers are generally expected to tip porters, drivers, restaurant staff and other service workers given the low wages they earn.

What is a decent tip in India? ›

If you have small bills handy, you can tip in multiples of 10 Rupee notes. On bills ranging from INR 300 to INR 1,000, you can tip around 7% to 10% of the bill amount. For example, a tip of INR 100 on an INR 1,000 bill is a very good tip. You can also tip about INR 70 and that would be fine.

Which Indian dish is famous in USA? ›

Chicken Biryani: The chicken biriyani is one of the most popular Indian dishes in the US. This dish is made with yogurt, chili, mint, onions, and a distinctive spice mix. The aroma of chicken biryani stimulates the appetite and the taste buds keeping one satiated.

Which Indian dish is hot? ›

Phaal is the hottest curry in the world because it is made from Bhut Jolokia, the world's hottest chilli.

Do Indians eat dinner early? ›

India, of course, especially the North, is notorious for its late diners. Our meals in restaurants start as early as 7.30pm and the last order is usually taken at 11.30pm. There are even several khau gallis in parts of the country which have street foods sold into the wee hours of the night.

What do they call curry in India? ›

A versatile spice mixture used in many Indian dishes, garam masala is known to some as "curry"

Who is the father of Indian food? ›

Jaspal Inder Singh Kalra, better known as Jiggs Kalra (21 May 1947 – 4 June 2019), was an Indian restaurateur, food columnist, television host, and author. He was popularly known as the "czar of Indian cuisine" and "tastemaker to the Nation."

What is a common Indian lunch? ›

The core of a typical Indian dinner (or lunch) is rice, or a flatbread, and a lentil stew (dal). There will also be a vegetarian stew, and if non-vegetarian, a meat, chicken, or seafood curry.

What do Indians eat for Christmas? ›

Some of the popular dishes eaten during Christmas in India are:
  • Allahabadi cake.
  • Christmas cake – a type of fruit cake.
  • Mathri – a traditional flaky biscuit.
  • Gulab Jamun – a traditional sweet prepared with khoa.
  • Walnut fudge.
  • Jalebi.
  • Mincemeatpie.

What should I eat in a day Indian? ›

Food Items You Can Easily Consume
  • Non-starchy fruits and vegetables.
  • Complex carbohydrates, found in whole grain bread and pasta, bran, etc.
  • Use olive oil, vegetable oil, rice bran oil, canola oil, mustard oil, and peanut oil.
  • Eat lentils, beans, soy, mushroom, tofu, fish, turkey, chicken breast, and lean cuts of beef.
Jan 30, 2023

Which food is the king of India? ›

Biryani: The King of Indian Cuisine: A Step By Step Guide to Lip Smacking Biryani & Pulao Recipes, you can make at Home Paperback – Import, 14 September 2020.

Which country is richest in food? ›

Key Takeaways

The U.S. is the world's top food exporter thanks to high crop yields and extensive agricultural infrastructure. Brazil is the world's fourth-largest food producer and second-largest importer; it is heavily dependent on imports by China.

Which country is No 1 in food? ›

In the global list released of the best known cuisines of the world in the year 2022, Italy got the first place, followed by Greece and Spain in the second and third places respectively.

What is unhealthy food in India? ›

Bakery products like cookies, candy, pastries and cakes are no doubt delicious, but are also unhealthy at the same time. Most of the bakery products are made up of refined flour, refined sugar, preservatives, and fat. This makes these products rich in sugar and low in fibre.

What are the 7 Indian spices? ›

7 Essential Spices for Indian Cooking
  • Saffron. As Indian cooking spices go, saffron is one that isn't quite common, but is certainly a necessity for certain dishes. ...
  • Turmeric. ...
  • Cumin. ...
  • Nutmeg. ...
  • Red Chili Powder. ...
  • Coriander. ...
  • Cardamom.
Jul 25, 2017

What are the 3 sauces at Indian restaurants? ›

The three sauces at Indian restaurants most commonly served are a green sauce, brown sauce and a red sauce. In order these are, mint cilantro chutney, tamarind chutney and garlic chutney.

Which is a basic Indian mother gravy? ›

basic white gravy is one of the mother gravies of Indian cuisine. white gravy is mainly made of onions, cashew nuts, melon seeds, garlic, curds, fresh cream and ginger. Indian white gravy is white to off-white in colour and bland in taste compared to other gravies.

What is difference between curry and gravy? ›

Curries are formed after adding water to a dish being cooked. Gravy is cooked separately from the dish. Curries are formed after adding water to a dish being cooked in oil with various masalas. Gravy: It is the natural juice that runs off meat while it is being roasted.

What is the most important ingredient in Indian cooking? ›

Turmeric is an essential ingredient throughout India, used extensively in dals and meat, seafood and vegetable dishes, to impart its characteristic vibrant yellow color and mellow, warm flavor.

What is Trinity in Indian cooking? ›

The usual suspects when it comes to making curries are three spices in particular: turmeric, cumin seeds and mustard seeds. While there are exceptions, this holy spice trinity goes into almost everything. Some recipes call for fenugreek seeds, split cardamom pods or even cloves to be added at the beginning.

What are the 5 main Indian spices? ›

5 Essential Indian spices for cooking
  • Turmeric powder: Turmeric powder is being used in Indian cooking for nearly 4000 years. ...
  • Chilli powder: Chilli powder is a popular spice that is used in cuisines across the world. ...
  • Coriander powder: ...
  • Garam masala: ...
  • Cumin seeds:
Nov 15, 2019

What is the most popular Indian spice? ›

What is the most popular spice in India? The most popular spice is garam masala, which is actually a spice blend. The actual recipe will vary by region and household, but it includes coriander, cumin, green cardamom, cloves, black pepper, cinnamon, bay leaf, fennel seeds and black cardamom.

What times do Indians eat dinner? ›

On an average, in an Indian household, the preferred dinner time can stretch anywhere from 7 PM to 9 PM. Where 9 PM stands to be a late dinner time.

What is the most common Indian dinner? ›

What the Most Popular Indian Dishes?
  • Fish curry. ...
  • Lamb vindaloo. ...
  • Dal makhani. ...
  • Pakora. ...
  • Kofta. ...
  • Korma. A thick, savory curry consisting of meat or vegetables braised with yogurt, cream, and spices.
  • Biryani. A meat-and-rice mixed dish that's a popular staple food in Kashmiri cuisine.
  • Kebab. Popular in Punjabi cuisine.
Jul 29, 2021

What is an Indian dinner called? ›

As for the food it contains, a thali is a complete meal consisting of 10 or more dishes, depending on which part of India you're in.

What is the best Indian curry to order? ›

10 Best Curries to Try
  • Goan. This dish is a combination of spices and flavors that are unique to the region of Goa in India. ...
  • Dhansak. Dhansak Curry is a popular Indian dish that originated in the state of Maharashtra in India. ...
  • Rajma Masala. ...
  • Bhuna Gosht. ...
  • Kerala. ...
  • Massaman. ...
  • Thai Red Curry. ...
  • Thai Green Curry.
Dec 20, 2022

What curry is best for beginners? ›

Kang Keaw Wan Kai (sweet green curry with chicken) is a great starting point for beginners. Red curry is usually made from dried red chiles, along with spices like coriander, cumin, and turmeric. It's very versatile and can include a wide range of proteins and vegetables.

What should a picky eater get at an Indian restaurant? ›

What to Order at an Indian Restaurant If You're a Picky Eater
  • Samosas. PIN IT. Photo by Amanda Damon. ...
  • Chicken Tikka Masala. PIN IT. Photo by Eunice Choi. ...
  • Naan. PIN IT. Photo by Elizabeth Snyder. ...
  • Butter chicken. PIN IT. Photo courtesy of ...
  • Biryani. PIN IT. Photo by Kendra Valkema. ...
  • Mango Lassi. PIN IT.
Jul 12, 2016

What are the most popular Indian dishes in USA? ›

Some of the best Indian food for Americans are Tandoori Chicken, Murgh Makhani (Butter Chicken), Chicken Vindaloo Curry, Instant Pot Butter Chicken (time-saving dish), Rogan Josh (Red Lamb), Malai Kofta, Palak Paneer, Chole (Chickpea Curry), Chicken Makhni, and Chicken Tikka Masala (a famous Indian dish).

What curry meat is best? ›

We recommend choosing a chuck steak. Chuck steak is perfect for your every curry need. It is a well-used cut that comes from the shoulder of the animal and, while lean, it has a high content of collagen, a good amount of marbling and low external fat.

What is the healthiest curry from an Indian restaurant? ›

Healthier options:

Tomato-based or dry curries like tandoori, madras, jalfrezi, rogan and bhuna dishes; plain rice, roti, poppadums.

Is red or green curry better? ›

which is hotter red or green curry? Without a shred of doubt, red curry is quite spicy and hot. So, if you are comparing red curry vs green curry in terms of spice levels, red curry is the one to keep an eye out for. Green curry is known for being more subtle and gentle.

What's the difference between butter chicken and tikka masala? ›

Butter chicken is mildly spiced, whereas tikka masala has more of a kick. Chicken in tikka masala sauce tends to be more tender and juicy than butter chicken due to its marinade-containing yogurt. Butter chicken also tends to have a creamier texture.

Is Indian food considered healthy? ›

The resulting dishes are renowned for their rich, spicy flavors and complex aromas. However, the cuisine isn't just about taste — dishes across the Indian subcontinent are packed with nutrients, meaning they're also very healthy options.

Is it rude to decline food in Indian culture? ›

As you are eating, don't be surprised if your host or hostess urges you to have some more and "not be shy." Most times, even when you gently say you've had enough, you will be coaxed and cajoled to have "just a little more." Try not to refuse, as that is considered rude.

Which US city has the best Indian food? ›

6 Must-Visit Indian Restaurants in USA
  • Dhamaka – New York City.
  • Dosa – Oakland.
  • Junoon – New York City.
  • Lehja – Richmond, Virginia.
  • Rasa – Burlingame, California.
  • Adda – Long Island City, New York.
Sep 22, 2022

Which state is famous for Indian food? ›


This state is not only illustrious because of its vast deserts, beautiful palaces, and vibrant history—it is also famed for the scrumptious indigenous cuisine.

Which Indian cuisine is most loved? ›

India Food: 25 Most Popular Traditional Dishes To Eat In India
  1. Pakora. ...
  2. Chaat. ...
  3. Vada Pav. ...
  4. Idli. ...
  5. Paratha. ...
  6. Naan. ...
  7. Aloo Gobi. ...
  8. Butter Chicken.
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