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10 Best Indian Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

Khyber Halal's filling goat biryani
Khyber Halal's filling goat biryani
Lauren Saria

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 even grab-and-go eateries -- the Indian joints around town can cater to any occasion with spicy, aromatic, and mouthwatering curries, mixed grills, and more.

See also: 10 Best Restaurants for Brunch in Metro Phoenix

Pani puri from Little India
Pani puri from Little India
Lauren Saria

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 potatoes 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.

A giant dosa from Woodlands
A giant dosa from Woodlands
Heather Hoch

Woodlands

As families pack in and out of this modest vegetarian Indian restaurant, 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 might not gain any points on ambiance, the authentic food, friendly service, and plentiful selection of dosa (like the hot mysore masala or the cheesy paneer dosai) will surely have you coming back again. 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.

A plate of selections for Karaikudi's lunch buffet
A plate of selections for Karaikudi's lunch buffet
Lauren Saria

Karaikudi Palace

We've got a lot of love for this Scottsdale spot, where three culinary school friends opened an exceptional Indian restaurant. Karaikudi Palace serves boldly flavored South Indian cuisine, including dishes such as kadai bindi masala that features okra, onions, bell pepper, tomato, and fresh ginger. If you want to explore the menu on your own terms, you'll want to make sure you hit dinner since the restaurant only offers 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.



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