From dosas and samosas to puris and curries, India’s diverse cuisine is heating up the DFW culinary scene. For those seeking something tasty and hot, these DFW eateries take the top spot for having the best Indian food around town.

Chennai Cafe (Credit, Ilene Jacobs)

Chennai Cafe
5024 Tennyson Parkway, Suite 200
Plano, TX 75024
(972) 378-1300

Chennai Cafe plays host nightly to a packed house of diners looking to feed their South Indian food fix. You will find favorites ranging from vada, a deep-fried delicacy made with lentils, to idli, a steamed rice cake served with a variety of condiments. However, what sets this cafe apart is its emphasis on Chettinad cuisine that hails from a region in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Specialties like chicken kothu parotta, featuring chopped-up grilled flatbread, layered with fried onions, chilies and chicken curry, as well as the mutton sukka varuval, a dry curry of goat with Indian spices, are some of the tantalizing specialties not to be missed.

Mughlai Fine Indian Cuisine (Credit, Ilene Jacobs)

Mughlai Fine Indian Cuisine
5301 Alpha Road, Suite 14
Dallas, TX 75240
(972) 392-7786

The classy decor and amazing food is what makes Mughlai one of the best Indian restaurants in town. The menu draws from all corners of the subcontinent, showcasing a medley of dishes from Pakistan and Kashmir to Bengal and Goa. Samosas and tikkas are on the menu, but the succulent jhinga Goan curry of shrimp cooked in coconut milk and the fragrant chicken murgh korma in a cashew-almond cream sauce will leave your palate in a permanent state of ecstasy.

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Taj Chaat House
1057 W. Rochelle Road
Irving, TX 75062
(214) 596-1133

For anyone who may have thought vegetarian food was boring, Taj Chaat House will definitely change their mind. Both Plano and Irving locations offer a mind-boggling array of delectable specialties— ranging from dosas, (thin crepes made with fermented rice batter) to curries, rice dishes, breads and desserts. There’s also a self-serve condiment bar loaded up with chutneys, chilies and sambars. For an explosion of flavors and textures, try one of the puri chaats—an Indian version of nachos—consisting of puffy balls of crisp fried dough that are filled with a variety of ingredients, including chickpeas, potatoes, spices and yogurt.

Tandoor Indian Restaurant
1200 N. Fielder Road
Arlington, TX 76012
(817) 261-6604

Tandoor has been wowing diners since 1985 with an array of delectable Mughlai specialties. For something unique, start off with an order of dahi balla, a North Indian favorite that features fluffy lentil cakes covered in creamy yogurt and chutney. And don’t miss trying some of the restaurant’s best dishes that come from the tandoor oven, like the heavenly chicken tikka and the tender barra kebab of lamb that have been marinated overnight in a delicious sauce of yogurt, ginger and garlic.

Bombay Street Food
Bombay Chopstix
7750 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 135
Irving, TX 75063
(972) 506-7423

Whether it’s dosas and uttapams you crave or a bowl filled with Indo-Chinese delights, Bombay Street Food brings a taste of India to DFW by way of its Simply Dosa and Bombay Chopstix food trucks. Simply Dosa offers delicious dosas, uttapams and Bombay Frankies that can be filled with everything from South Indian potatoes to lamb curry. Bombay Chopstix offers rice or noodle bowls that can be personalized with a variety of sauces, vegetables, chicken and paneer cheese. If you like it spicy, go for the desi Manchurian, a soy-garlic sauce with cilantro, chilies, ginger and scallions that marries nicely with chicken or veggies over rice. You can find both trucks hanging out at the Fort Worth Food Truck Park and around the DFW metroplex—check the website for the schedule. Check out the food at the brick-and-mortar location on MacArthur Boulevard.

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