10 Best Indian Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

You don't have to go out of the country (or even out of town) to find great, authentic Indian food. In fact, there are plenty of places around the Valley that specialize in a range of Indian cooking styles, whether you're looking for great southern-style vegetarian dosa or northern chaat. With a variety of options — including buffets, upscale sit-down spots, and grab-and-go eateries — the Indian joints around town can cater to any occasion with spicy, aromatic, and mouthwatering curries, mixed grills, and more.

Little India: There aren't many places in the Valley that offer the northern Indian snacks called chaat — but Little India in Tempe does. The cafe is tucked into the back corner of an Indian market and requires you fill out a menu checklist to place your order. There are options like pani-puri, fried hollow puri you fill with flavored water, and aloo tikki chaat, which features grilled potato patties smothered in yellow peas, yogurt, tamarind, cilantro, onions, and other spices. But no matter what you order, don't skip the samosas. The triangular pillows enclose a wonderful filling of spiced potatoes and peas that only gets better when dipped in the side of tamarind chutney. (1813 E. Baseline Road, #108, Tempe, 480-730-7770, www.littleindiaaz.com)

Woodlands Vegetarian South Indian Cooking: As you watch families pack in and out of this modest vegetarian eatery, you'll quickly notice that if you didn't order a dosai, you didn't do Woodlands right. Though this mostly undecorated spot in the middle of a Chandler strip mall won't win points on ambiance, the authentic food, friendly service, and plentiful selection of dosa (like the hot mysore masala or the cheesy paneer dosai) surely will have you coming back. Plus the complimentary chutney bar, with pickled veggies, tamarind chutney, yogurt sauce, mint chutney, and coconut chutney, makes for a new experience with every bite. (4980 W. Ray Road, Chandler, Ste. 10, 480-820-2249, www.woodlandsaz.com)

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Woodlands Vegetarian South Indian Kitchen

4980 W. Ray Road
Chandler, AZ 85226-6223

Category: Restaurant > Indian

Region: Chandler

Karaikudi Palace

8752 E. Shea Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Category: Restaurant > Indian

Region: North Scottsdale

New India Bazaar & Cuisine

2544 N. 7th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85006

Category: Grocery Stores

Region: Central Phoenix

Khyber Halal Restaurant & Catering

4030 N. 24th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Category: Restaurant > Afghan

Region: East Phoenix

Curry Corner

1212 E. Apache Blvd.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Category: Restaurant > Indian

Region: Tempe

Chennai Chettinaad Palace

2814 West Bell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85053

Category: Restaurant > Indian

Region: North Phoenix

Copper Kettle

1250 E. Apache, Suite #101
Tempe, AZ 85281

Category: Restaurant > Indian

Region: Tempe

India Oven

1315 S. Gilbert Road
Mesa, AZ 85204

Category: Restaurant > Indian

Region: Mesa

The Dhaba

1872 E. Apache Blvd.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Category: Restaurant > Indian

Region: Tempe

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Karaikudi Palace: We've got a lot of love for this Scottsdale spot, where three friends from culinary school opened an exceptionally Indian restaurant. Karaikudi Palace serves boldly flavored South Indian cuisine, including dishes such as kadai bindi masala, featuring okra, onions, bell pepper, tomato, and fresh ginger. If you want to explore the menu on your own terms, make sure you hit dinner, because the restaurant offers only a buffet during lunch, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. On the other hand, the buffet is a nice way to ease into Indian cuisine, since you can taste a wide variety of dishes including grilled meats, curries, and even dessert. (8752 E. Shea Blvd., Ste. C11, Scottsdale, 480-998-6006, www.karaikudipalaceaz.com)

New India Bazaar & Cuisine: With a full menu of Indian fare tucked behind the market portion of New India Bazaar, the restaurant portion pleases with creamy gobi and spicy butter chicken served with basmati rice and hot, crisp naan. However, the real winner at New India, which is located on Seventh Street just south of Thomas Road, is the option for buffet to go. If you work downtown and are craving Indian cuisine, New India's by-the-pound pricing for the lunch buffet is a fast, easy, and cheap way to get your fix without running late. We will warn that service is rarely even cordial at New India Bazaar, but if you order to go like we do, you won't have to worry about that at all. (2544 N. 7th St., 602-712-0009)

Khyber Halal Restaurant: If there's one thing this Central Phoenix restaurant has going for it — besides the good food — it's that you can have foods from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India in one place. As far as the Indian options go, you'll see standard picks like tikka masala and paneer, the homemade Indian cheese. We prefer to dig into a giant platter of goat biryani, a rice dish that features sizable pieces of tender goat meat and heavily spiced basmati rice. We also love the fact that Khyber Halal is clearly a family-run operation, with the restaurant staffed by family members of all ages. (4030 N. 24th St., 602-954-5290, www.khyberhalalfoods.com)

Curry Corner: Regardless of whether or not you've already eaten your meal at Curry Corner, every time a new dish rolls out of the kitchen, it's like being transported to a place that smells like different parts of heaven. Aromatic and lightly sweet makhani curry or acidic, spicy achari curry paired with crispy, chewy naan bread or rice make for a satisfying meal. However, if you want to get the real Curry Corner experience, you have to get the joint's most popular dish — the mixed grill platter. This sizzling skillet of tasty tandoori and other spiced meats is a total sensory package that's as much about the crackling sounds and rustic visual as it is about the delicious smell. (1212 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, 480-894-1276)

Chennai Chettinaad Palace: Though you can get all your favorite go-to dishes in this recently opened North Phoenix joint, what truly sets Chennai apart is bartender Anthony Felsianes' cocktail menu. The flavored martinis and new twists on classic drinks have one thing in common — a heavy influence of Indian flavors such as mango, coconut, and rose that pair nicely with spicy dishes. Plus, at $6 per drink, Felsianes' cocktail concoctions are some of the most affordable drinks around. (2814 W. Bell Road, Ste. 1455, 602-993-0085, www.chennaichettinaadpalace.com)

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Fan*frickin*tastic. We'll make a plan on sunday.