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Indian Restaurant, cuisine and food in the US and North America >> Indian Restaurant

In this and other pages of the Restaurant section of you will find extensive listings of restaurants and cuisine serving the Indian community. This comprehensive collection is unique on the web since most other listings on the Internet are either classifieds or restricted to a few cities. You may also be interested in our section on Desi Recepies and cuisine

Please click on the appropriate state to go to the actual listing. Alternatively, you may go to the regional page listing : 

Indian Restaurants in North-East of US
Indian Restaurants in New York (City and upstate)
Indian Restaurants in New Jersey
Indian Restaurants in Atlanta, Georgia

Indian Restaurants in North, South Carolina
Indian Restaurants in South-East of US
Indian Restaurants in Mid-West of the US
Indian Restaurants in Central Plains of US

Indian Restaurants in Chicago
Indian Restaurants in Texas
Indian Restaurants in North-West of US

Indian Restaurants in California
Indian Restaurants in South-West US

Indian Restaurants in Canada

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The Moral Quandry (Lavina Melwani Little India.Com)

How do you give up age-old values and still remain the same person?

Have you ever been in Moral Quandary, USA? No, it's not a town or city. It's more a state of mind, a searing mental space that immigrants often discover themselves in as they acclimatize to the landscape of a new, bold and dramatically different culture, a place where many of their traditional morals and cultural traditions simply don't exist and rules are made only to be broken. For immigrants, America has many names -- land of opportunity, gold mountain, the promised land, the land of milk and honey. To them add another, land of moral quandaries, of hard choices.

Many Indians, who are vegetarian since birth, encounter their gravest moral quandary when they are called upon to touch or slice animal flesh, cook it -- or worse still, ingest it. Unlike Western vegetarians, the deeply ingrained vegetarian culture in India is not a health choice, but rooted in deeply held religious and moral beliefs, passed down over generations. Read more

Featured Article: An Indian treasure (by Jeff Broder From Metro Times)

Over the years, I have spoken to several restaurateurs who have opted for the sky-high suburban rents over a location in Detroit, citing crime problems, lack of patrons due to population flight, and the general risks of succeeding in the city proper.

Maliha Naveed went to Wayne State University, and views the area as a hub of cultural activity, inhabited by a diverse population. When she decided to open a new Indian restaurant, American Masala, along with her partner Naveed Syed, the two didn’t see it as a risk. Rather, they saw it as an opportunity to attract the many people who live and work in the area. Their confidence in the decision, partly fueled by the success of their first six months of operation, has prompted them to extend the restaurant’s hours to 24/7, beginning on Sept. 10. In addition to its proximity to the Detroit Medical Center, home to hundreds of round-the-clock workers, the restaurant is directly behind the 13th Precinct of the Detroit Police Department, adding a sense of security to apprehensive patrons. Location, location, location.

I love Indian food, and I like to try new Indian restaurants as soon as they open. When I recently heard about American Masala, I called a friend who shares my enthusiasm for this fine cuisine, and we headed out for what sounded like a hard-to-find location. The restaurant’s address is 51 W. Hancock, between Woodward and Cass, but its entrance is on the side of the building facing a parking lot on Forest. You’ll know that you have arrived when you see the brightly painted exterior with its framed Indian art. What a surprise! It looks like an Indian postcards. Once inside, the joy of discovery continues. The restaurant is beautifully decorated,
with antique looking reception chairs, and the tables and chairs match the beautiful wall decor as well. The aromas are at least as striking as the visuals. As much as I attempt to resist buffets, I never bothered to look at a menu. There are more than a dozen irresistible selections on the buffet, including tandoori chicken, which is marinated in a mixture of yogurt and spices, then typically cooked in a tandoor, a charcoal- or wood-fired clay oven. The restaurant is having a tandoor shipped from India within the next few weeks; for the time being, the meats are being broiled. It was difficult for me to tell the difference, due to the excellent marinade. Rest assured, it can only improve once the proper oven arrives. There was a delicious fish curry, butter chicken braised in a rich gravy, and lamb masala, spicy braised lamb on the bone.

Indian restaurants are always vegetarian-friendly; a recent buffet included vegetarian salads, soups and biryani, a layered rice dish. At $6.99, this is a bargain. The food is primarily southern Indian, but there are a few selections from other regions, as well as items from China, the Middle East and the American South.

Indian food uses the same spices in many of its dishes: coriander, cumin, turmeric, hot red pepper, garam masala, and cardamom. As the proportions are changed, the flavors of each recipe change. Indian food is well-seasoned, complex, but not necessarily hot. All of the foods served at American Masala are halal, that is, in accordance with Muslim dietary laws which dictate how animals are fed and how they are slaughtered. No pork products are permitted, and all halal animals must be fed a chemical-free diet. All in all, this food is good for you. Enjoy it.

When I started cooking Indian food a few years ago, one of my first dishes was Aloo Bhaji: potatoes and tomatoes in delicious gravy, which begs for some basmati rice to absorb the resulting flavors. Here’s a recipe that is fairly easy to prepare — the spices are available at most markets, but I recommend visiting an Indian store like Patel Brothers. It’s the Indian equivalent of a chain grocery; one is located on Orchard Lake Road, south of Thirteen Mile.

Note: Page last updated: July 2013




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