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2013 Winter Restaurant Guide: Indian/ Pakistani 

Indian/ Pakistani

NIRVANA INDIAN CUISINE
4308 Magazine St., (504) 894-9797; www.insidenirvana.com
Shrimp Manchurian is stir-fried in tangy garlic sauce. The spicy chicken vindaloo is a popular dish and comes with potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SAFFRON NOLA
505 Gretna Blvd., Suite 6, Gretna, (504) 363-2174; www.saffronnola.com
The seared scallops Mumbai are crusted in chili pepper and ginger and topped with mango sauce. The curried seafood gumbo comes with crab, shrimp and okra. Reservations recommended. Dinner Fri. Credit cards. $$

SALT 'N' PEPPER
403 Iberville St., (504) 561-6070
Samosas are potato and vegetable fritters that come with salad and raita. Chicken tikka masala is spiced chicken in mild creamy tomato sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SCHIRO'S COMMUNITY CAFE & BAR
2483 Royal St., (504) 944-6666; www.julieslittleindia.com
Traditional chicken curry is sauteed with olive oil, onion and a blend of Indian spices and comes with naan, papadom chips and basmati rice. Tandoori chicken is made in a clay oven and served with naan made in-house. Po-boys and Creole favorites are available as well. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TAJ MAHAL
923 Metairie Road, Suite C, Metairie, (504) 836-6859
Chicken tikka masala is a roasted chicken breast with bell peppers in spicy cream sauce served over basmati rice. Masala dosas are rice crepes stuffed with potatoes, onions, tomatoes, cilantro and mustard seeds. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TANDOORI CHICKEN RESTAURANT
2916 Cleary Ave., Metairie, (504) 889-7880; www.tandoorichickennola.com
Palak paneer is fresh spinach cooked with house-made paneer cheese and Indian spices. The fish masala is cooked in tomato cream sauce and is available on the Friday and Saturday dinner buffet. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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