10 Best Indian Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

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Lauren Saria
Khyber Halal's filling goat biryani
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

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Lauren Saria
Pani puri from Little India
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.

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Heather Hoch
A giant dosa from Woodlands
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.

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

Location Info

Little India

1813 E. Baseline Road, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Woodlands Vegetarian South Indian Kitchen

4980 W. Ray Road, Chandler, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Karaikudi Palace

8752 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

New India Bazaar & Cuisine

2544 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Khyber Halal Restaurant & Catering

4030 N. 24th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Curry Corner

1212 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

India Oven

1315 S. Gilbert Road, Mesa, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Chennai Chettinaad Palace

2814 West Bell Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Copper Kettle

1250 E. Apache, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Dhaba

1872 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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denisvergas2
denisvergas2

Indian food is garnished and its aroma is so tempting that it attracts every epicurean towards it and

denisvergas2
denisvergas2

Indian food is the best ever cuisine I have ever tasted. All its recipes and dishes tastes too good that no one can stop oneself from eating it. Indian spices that are used in it does not only taste good but also good for health too.
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Danny King
Danny King

Best Indian food is the fry bread at the fair.

cultclassicsvic
cultclassicsvic

Where's Delhi Palace on Rural and University? Way better than Dhaba

Ryan Lopez
Ryan Lopez

Curry Corner and Khyber Halal are easily the best. India Oven has the best Indian buffet I've been to. Great selection of items and all the Chai and Mango Lassi you can drink.

Kat Johnson-Perea
Kat Johnson-Perea

I've always loved India Delhi Palace. They're lamb kabob masala is da bomb! Get it spicy

Maggie Benton
Maggie Benton

Kris Clark you're right. India Delhi palace is the best I've had!

Taurean Lynn Buhl
Taurean Lynn Buhl

Jaclyn Gomez see! We could totally do something like this! I love you and Indian food!

Kris Clark
Kris Clark

I ate the BEST Indian food at India Delhi Palace on Sunday...buffet is wonderful and only $10. Food there is so yummy and service is good.

Lance Martin
Lance Martin

Any place with fry bread, man. Them Navajo tacos are frickin the bomb!

Joe Turner
Joe Turner

Was visiting last week, and Al Hamra was damn good!

Mary O'Hagan
Mary O'Hagan

New India Bazaar?! Are you fucking kidding me?? That place is AWFUL. Flavors of India off 16th St and Campbell is a billion times better and friendly.

Cheryl Shullick
Cheryl Shullick

The dissed guru palace Heather Laabs. I want Indian foooods!

Danielle James
Danielle James

I'm aware..putting the word out..thanks :) yes, native american food served at Sacred Hogan is delicious. Pricey, but worth every penny. Cheaper prices at Fry Bread House, no comparison.

LillieAnna Von Orth
LillieAnna Von Orth

Indian Garden on Dysart and Mcdowell next to the sprouts has a lunch buffet that is amazing! 9.99 for some bomb food. And they have the delicious dessert and chai included!

David James
David James

:-) I'm pretty sure they mean East Indian, but since you mentioned them, is Sacred Hogan good? Live right near there.

David James
David James

I remember when Indian restaurants were a rarity here. Sooo easy to get your "curry fix" these days!

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