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Here’s Where to Eat Indian Food in New Orleans

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Oyster roast at Saffon NOLA
| Josh Brasted

Indian cuisine can be habit forming. Once exposed to the diverse dishes of the Indian table, heady with exotic spice and creamy with nut milks and clarified butter, a body simply needs more.

New Orleans doesn’t have a large Indian population, but there are a handful of great places to get a fix of curry, biryani, and marinated chicken roasted in the tandoor oven.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. NOLA Desi Kitchen

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3814 Williams Blvd
Kenner, LA 70065
(504) 305-6555
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This Pakistani eatery on what as known as Kenner’s global restaurant row on Williams Boulevard, Desi Kitchen serves fragrant Indian fare, outstanding flaky naan, and fresh biryani rice dishes studded with chicken, veggies, or goat. The chicken korma is especially rich and creamy. Ask about the thali menu, a combination meal that includes apps, veg, a small portion of an entree, rice, naan, salad, and dessert. Prices are rock bottom.

Chicken kofta at NOLA Desi Kitchen
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2. Wah Kitchen

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2401 Veterans Blvd
Kenner, LA 70062
(504) 305-0492
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Yet another hole-in-the-wall, Pakistani eatery in Kenner, Wah Kitchen is named for the owner’s hometown in Pakistan. The food is fresh, well-spiced, and prepared-to-order. The naan is highly recommended, baked with garlic, cilantro, or ginger. The owners have quite the pedigree - Ghazala Khan worked as a chef at a Marriott hotel in Pakistan and her husband, Masroor Khan, was one of the opening partners at Shyan’s Kitchen in Metairie. There’s no doubt that this place is a hidden gem.

3. Shyan's kitchen

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3320 Houma Blvd
Metairie, LA 70006
(504) 302-9901
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Metairie’s Shyan’s Kitchen is a Pakistani-Indian restaurant owned by Irfan Khan, who immigrated from his native Pakistan to New Orleans in 2007. Although the two cuisines are similar, they were the same country until 1947. There is beef on the menu, which isn’t served in India. Goat is simmered and sauteed six different ways, and a smoked chicken masala is a specialty of the house. Pakistan is primarily Muslim, which is why all the meats here are Halal.

4. Tandoori Chicken Restaurant

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2916 Cleary Ave #1
Metairie, LA 70002
(504) 889-7880
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There’s more going on at this strip mall curry house then meets the eye. Sure, the decor is no-frills, but the place is spotless and the copious buffet groans with crowd-pleasing Indian fare. Run by the Singh family, this restaurant pleases with fluffy biryanis (try the shrimp) and curries spiced mild to hot. There’s even a specialty drink menu pouring the likes of Calcutta cooler and Mumbai sunrise.

5. Taj Mahal Indian Cuisine

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923 Metairie Rd
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 836-6859
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Another restaurant founded by the Keswani family, this Metairie location is run by son Anjay. The menu touches down all around the Indian table, from curries to tandoor roasted meats along with a slew of vegetarian options. Expect authentic flavors, reasonable prices, and a setting that is warm and inviting.

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6. Nirvana Indian Cuisine

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4308 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 894-9797
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Popular for its busy lunch buffet, Nirvana offers traditional Indian faves along with some intriguing dishes. Spice lovers should check out the “sixty-five”, protein of choice or veg marinated with ginger, garlic, red chilies, and vinegar. Lamb Goa is a coconut-forward curry from the party town on India’s tropical western coast. Owners Har and Anila Keswani have served Indian food to New Orleanians since the early ‘80s.

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7. Saffron nola

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4128 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 323-2626
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This James Beard-nominated restaurant and Eater New Orleans 2017 Restaurant of the Year deserves all those accolades. Against a stylish backdrop, diners can sample a complex cocktail program, informed by Indian spices and herbs, some of the best char-grilled oysters in town (maybe it’s the curry leaf?), and feast on sophisticated dishes that marry Indian gastronomy with local ingredients. And be sure to try the Saffron old-fashioned to see what it’s all about — it’s the top-selling menu item at the restaurant.

Saffron NOLA's oysters with naan
Saffron NOLA's oysters with naan
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8. Good Karma Cafe

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2940 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 401-4698
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Good Karma Cafe, a sunny little spot on the ground level of Swan River Yoga in Mid-City, is all about healthful, plant-based cuisine featuring ingredients like freshly made almond milk and kombucha on tap. Try the soy protein Malaysian curry bowl with lemon and ginger and the upma, a traditional Indian breakfast dish akin to Cream of Wheat, but served with fresh coconut chutney. Non-Indian options also abound, like the house-made pumpkin flax seed granola.

Chickpea korma stewed in a spiced cashew coconut cream sauce
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9. Tava Indian Street Food

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801 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

It started as a pop-up, but it’s now ensconced in the Warehouse District’s stunning new food hall, Auction House Market. Chef and owner, Manish Patel, who comes from a family of chefs, re-imagines the dosa, a fermented rice flour pancake (think: Indian crepe) with all kinds of fillings and flavors. His crisp, savory creations are stuffed with yummy combos including garbanzo beans and tamarind chutney, lamb with mango relish, and mint yogurt sauce or shrimp with coconut cilantro sauce.

Tava at the Auction House Mkt
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10. Silk Road Restaurant & Wine Bar

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2483 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 944-6666
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This newly renovated corner restaurant in the Marigny rectangle offers a mash-up of Creole and Indian fare. Chef Ganesh Ayyengar pays homage to his homeland with flavorful coconut-milk driven curries from the South of India, along with vegetarian items and popular regional Indian dishes. For the non-Indian food fans, there are Nola specialties like shrimp and catfish po-boys, jambalaya, and shrimp and grits.

1. NOLA Desi Kitchen

3814 Williams Blvd, Kenner, LA 70065
Chicken kofta at NOLA Desi Kitchen
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This Pakistani eatery on what as known as Kenner’s global restaurant row on Williams Boulevard, Desi Kitchen serves fragrant Indian fare, outstanding flaky naan, and fresh biryani rice dishes studded with chicken, veggies, or goat. The chicken korma is especially rich and creamy. Ask about the thali menu, a combination meal that includes apps, veg, a small portion of an entree, rice, naan, salad, and dessert. Prices are rock bottom.

3814 Williams Blvd
Kenner, LA 70065

2. Wah Kitchen

2401 Veterans Blvd, Kenner, LA 70062

Yet another hole-in-the-wall, Pakistani eatery in Kenner, Wah Kitchen is named for the owner’s hometown in Pakistan. The food is fresh, well-spiced, and prepared-to-order. The naan is highly recommended, baked with garlic, cilantro, or ginger. The owners have quite the pedigree - Ghazala Khan worked as a chef at a Marriott hotel in Pakistan and her husband, Masroor Khan, was one of the opening partners at Shyan’s Kitchen in Metairie. There’s no doubt that this place is a hidden gem.

2401 Veterans Blvd
Kenner, LA 70062

3. Shyan's kitchen

3320 Houma Blvd, Metairie, LA 70006

Metairie’s Shyan’s Kitchen is a Pakistani-Indian restaurant owned by Irfan Khan, who immigrated from his native Pakistan to New Orleans in 2007. Although the two cuisines are similar, they were the same country until 1947. There is beef on the menu, which isn’t served in India. Goat is simmered and sauteed six different ways, and a smoked chicken masala is a specialty of the house. Pakistan is primarily Muslim, which is why all the meats here are Halal.

3320 Houma Blvd
Metairie, LA 70006

4. Tandoori Chicken Restaurant

2916 Cleary Ave #1, Metairie, LA 70002

There’s more going on at this strip mall curry house then meets the eye. Sure, the decor is no-frills, but the place is spotless and the copious buffet groans with crowd-pleasing Indian fare. Run by the Singh family, this restaurant pleases with fluffy biryanis (try the shrimp) and curries spiced mild to hot. There’s even a specialty drink menu pouring the likes of Calcutta cooler and Mumbai sunrise.

2916 Cleary Ave #1
Metairie, LA 70002

5. Taj Mahal Indian Cuisine

923 Metairie Rd, Metairie, LA 70005
Condiments at Taj Mahal
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Another restaurant founded by the Keswani family, this Metairie location is run by son Anjay. The menu touches down all around the Indian table, from curries to tandoor roasted meats along with a slew of vegetarian options. Expect authentic flavors, reasonable prices, and a setting that is warm and inviting.

923 Metairie Rd
Metairie, LA 70005

6. Nirvana Indian Cuisine

4308 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Khadi paneer
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Popular for its busy lunch buffet, Nirvana offers traditional Indian faves along with some intriguing dishes. Spice lovers should check out the “sixty-five”, protein of choice or veg marinated with ginger, garlic, red chilies, and vinegar. Lamb Goa is a coconut-forward curry from the party town on India’s tropical western coast. Owners Har and Anila Keswani have served Indian food to New Orleanians since the early ‘80s.

4308 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

7. Saffron nola

4128 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Saffron NOLA's oysters with naan
Saffron NOLA's oysters with naan
Josh Brasted

This James Beard-nominated restaurant and Eater New Orleans 2017 Restaurant of the Year deserves all those accolades. Against a stylish backdrop, diners can sample a complex cocktail program, informed by Indian spices and herbs, some of the best char-grilled oysters in town (maybe it’s the curry leaf?), and feast on sophisticated dishes that marry Indian gastronomy with local ingredients. And be sure to try the Saffron old-fashioned to see what it’s all about — it’s the top-selling menu item at the restaurant.

4128 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

8. Good Karma Cafe

2940 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Chickpea korma stewed in a spiced cashew coconut cream sauce
FACEBOOK

Good Karma Cafe, a sunny little spot on the ground level of Swan River Yoga in Mid-City, is all about healthful, plant-based cuisine featuring ingredients like freshly made almond milk and kombucha on tap. Try the soy protein Malaysian curry bowl with lemon and ginger and the upma, a traditional Indian breakfast dish akin to Cream of Wheat, but served with fresh coconut chutney. Non-Indian options also abound, like the house-made pumpkin flax seed granola.

2940 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119

9. Tava Indian Street Food

801 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Tava at the Auction House Mkt
Josh Brasted

It started as a pop-up, but it’s now ensconced in the Warehouse District’s stunning new food hall, Auction House Market. Chef and owner, Manish Patel, who comes from a family of chefs, re-imagines the dosa, a fermented rice flour pancake (think: Indian crepe) with all kinds of fillings and flavors. His crisp, savory creations are stuffed with yummy combos including garbanzo beans and tamarind chutney, lamb with mango relish, and mint yogurt sauce or shrimp with coconut cilantro sauce.

801 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. Silk Road Restaurant & Wine Bar

2483 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70117

This newly renovated corner restaurant in the Marigny rectangle offers a mash-up of Creole and Indian fare. Chef Ganesh Ayyengar pays homage to his homeland with flavorful coconut-milk driven curries from the South of India, along with vegetarian items and popular regional Indian dishes. For the non-Indian food fans, there are Nola specialties like shrimp and catfish po-boys, jambalaya, and shrimp and grits.

2483 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70117

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