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Winter Restaurant Guide 2016: Indian/ Pakistani 

click to enlarge Tandoori Chicken Restaurant serves traditional chicken tikka.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Tandoori Chicken Restaurant serves traditional chicken tikka.

Nirvana Indian Cuisine
4308 Magazine St., (504) 894-9797;
The menu includes curries, tandoor oven baked items, samosas, pakoras, an array of Indian breads and many vegetarian dishes. Vegetarian paneer is served with baby corn and mushrooms. The Nirvana special features buttered chicken, a lamb kebab and Manchurian shrimp. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Saffron NOLA
505 Gretna Blvd., Suite 6, Gretna, (504) 363-2174;
Sauteed shrimp are served with onions and tamarind sauce. Grilled lamb chops come with khichdi, a rice and lentil mixture, and curry sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Fri. Credit cards. $$

Shyan's Kitchen
3320 Houma Blvd., Metairie, (504) 302-9901
The menu focuses on Indian and Pakistani dishes from Kashmir. Carrot and potato samosas get spicy heat from red chilies. Chicken tikka masala is served with raita. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Taj Mahal Indian Cuisine
923 Metairie Road, Suite C, Metairie, (504) 836-6859;
Chicken vindaloo features boneless chicken in spicy curry sauce. Masala dosa is a large rice and lentil crepe stuffed with potatoes cooked with mustard seeds and curry leaves. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

Tandoori Chicken
2916 Cleary Ave., Metairie, (504) 889-7880;
Ground lamb mixed with spices is cooked in a clay oven and served on a kebab. Chicken tikka masala features roasted chicken in spicy tomato cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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