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Indian Food in New Orleans

Indian Food in New Orleans

New Orleans is famous for its food culture, but it's not all about beignets and gumbo. We are also home to many ethnic restaurants serving delicious Indian food. New Orleans may not have the largest community of Asian Indians, as they make up only .25 percent of the city's population, but Indian restaurants can be found speckled throughout. These restaurants offer New Orleanians and visitors a refreshing break from traditional New Orleans fare with many vegetarian options.

Largely influenced by religion and culture, meals served at Indian restaurants are generally vegetarian because of dharmic beliefs having to do with Hindu ideas of the natural order of life. A typical meal may include curries, traditional pushpanna rice, samosas (fried pastries filled with peas and cauliflower), pakoras (vegetables served in a chickpea batter), and rice pudding for dessert. Flavor pairing in Indian cuisine is counterintuitive, with disparate flavors appearing in the same dish. This uncommon use of flavors is part of what makes Indian food so unique and delicious.

If you're interested in a free vegetarian Indian meal, the Hare Krishna Temple on Esplanade has been serving food to locals and visitors alike every Sunday for over 30 years.

There is a wide variety of restaurants throughout the greater metro area serving tasty Indian food. New Orleans tourists and locals can find unique flavors at these Indian restaurants, like cardamom, cayenne, and tamarind as well as plenty of vegetarian options that are hard to come by in the city.

Indian Food in New Orleans
Saffron Nola
4128 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115 [Map It]
(504) 323-2626

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Business Casual
Price Range: $$$
Open For: Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Indian

Description: Chef Arvinder Vilkhu marries his Indian heritage with local and global flavors while using both classical and modern techniques. His inspiration comes from his Grandmotherís worldly cooking style while his influence comes from New Orleans, France, Thailand, Singapore and China. Like the Vilkhuís dining table at home, the menu was designed for sharing. They have maintained relationships with local farmers while embracing seasonal, sustainable and locally-sourced ingredients.
Nirvana Indian Cuisine
4308 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115 [Map It]
(504) 894-9797

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $$
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Indian

Description: You'll find traditional Indian fare here, including chicken chat, ragda pati, Tandoori chicken, shrimp, lamb, kabobs, cheeses, kulcha and naan. There are also over 20 vegetarian items to choose from as well.
Salt n' Pepper
201 N. Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70054 [Map It]
(504) 561-6070

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Indian

Description: Pakistani restaurant with beef kebabs and chicken kebabs that are served with rice and bread.
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