Indian Food

Indian food in St. LouisIndian cuisine is probably one of the most interesting cuisines in the world. Bursting with colour, flavour and texture, it is no wonder why many have been enthralled by this delightful cuisine. In fact, Indian cuisine is the result of thousands of years of evolving and experimentation by Indians. Vegetarianism is very much a part of Indian culture and their cuisine is a reflection of this fact.

Indian Food St. Louis

Haveli Indian FoodHaveli Indian Restaurant  The word Haveli is Indian for palace or mansion of tranquility and beauty where decadence and indulgence reign supreme. Haveli’s food is made fresh to order and every possible effort to cater to each individual customer’s preference. Haveli Indian Restaurant offers Northern Indian cuisine. Savor the richness, flavor, and unforgettable taste of freshly prepared, mouth watering Indian delicacies. Our chef is an expert in Indian cuisine and has wide experience of preparing Indian delicacies in major cities in the US.

Another reason why Indian food is a favourite with so many people is because it is a result of Indian’s interactions with other cultures in the past. The spice trade that transpired between India and Europe has resulted in Indian cuisine being a melting pot of the cuisines of many different cultures. And while Indian food varies with each region, there are those signature dishes that have achieved popularity across Indian restaurants in St Louis.

Indian Restaurants St. Louis

  • Anis Hyderabad                     314-434-4444       Central County
  • Everest                                     314-531-4800       The Grove
  • Flavor of India                       314-997-4224        Illinois
  • Gokul                                        314-721-1888       University City
  • Himalayan Yeti                       314-354-8338       South Kingshighway
  •  House of India                       314-567-6850       North County
  • Mayuri                                     314-576-7272       West County
  • Rasoi                                        314-361-6911        Central West End
  • Taj Palace                                636-728-1000       Chesterfield

Indian cuisine is very generous in its usage of rice and whole wheat flour. Lentils, pigeon pea, pulses and vegetable oil are almost always present in Indian kitchens. Indian curry makes use of vegetable oil. It is also possible to substitute peanut oil, coconut oil or mustard oil. Of course, Indian cuisine would be incomplete without the presence of spices like chilli pepper, garlic, black mustard seed, coriander, cumin, turmeric, ginger, fenugreek and asafoetida. Cardamom, rose petal essences, nutmeg and saffron are typically used to season sweet dishes.

Some of the most popular dishes include butter chicken, tandoori chicken, chicken tikka masala, rogan josh (lamb curry), malai kofta (vegetable balls in a thick sauce), chole (chickpea curry), palak paneer (spinach and cottage cheese), kaali daal (black lentils), chaat, naan (leavened Indian flatbread), biryani (rice wth spcies, meat, fish, eggs or veggies), vindaloo, idli-dosa-vada with sambar (black lentils with rice and vegetable stew), palak paneer (spinach and cottage cheese in curry sauce), chole-bhature (spicy chick peas and fried Indian bread), dal makhani (lentils and beans with fresh cream), samosa and pakodas (savoury-filled pastries).

When it comes to dessert, the most popular food items include badam halwa, shakkarpara, sooji ka halwa, phirni, rabdi-rasgulla, kajoo barfi, til ke ladoo,  peanut brittle, shahi anjir ice cream, mithai, barfi, chikki, gulab jamun, jalebi, khaja, kulfi, kheer, laddu, malpoa, motichoor ka ladoo, rasgulla, sandesh, and shrikhand. Beverage-wise, tea and coffee often served in Indian restaurants. A yogurt drink called lassi is also popular. Sharbat, nimbu pani, chaach, badam doodh, panha, coconut water, beer and rose milk are also typically seen in menus. Some alcoholic beverages that are unique to India are sometimes served in a couple of Indian STL restaurants. These include fenny, hadia, chuak, palm wine, and chhaang. As you can see, Indian cuisine is very diverse in flavour and use of ingredients.

Indian Food Information and Resources

IndianFoodForever.com is a great source for information about Indian Cuisine and recipes. More more information, visit their site.