Photos: A wave of Indian restaurants in America

  • Slowly, Americans are warming up to the idea that Indian food is more than curries, spicy tikkas and cheap buffets. Take a look at some of the more buzzing restaurants.
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Chai Pani, in Georgia & Asheville, North Carolina: Featuring thalis and street-food-inspired snacks, the restaurant has been well loved in both its locations. Try the kale pakoras, a Sloppy Jai (with lamb), a crispy masala fish tikka roll. And maybe a vada pao and Limca too.(Courtesy: Chai Pani)

Chai Pani, in Georgia & Asheville, North Carolina: Featuring thalis and street-food-inspired snacks, the restaurant has been well loved in both its locations. Try the kale pakoras, a Sloppy Jai (with lamb), a crispy masala fish tikka roll. And maybe a vada pao and Limca too.(Courtesy: Chai Pani)

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Ghee Indian Kitchen, in Miami, Florida: A seasonal menu that mixes Indian-restaurant standards with more unusual, often locally sourced offerings. Popular are the ghost pepper cheddar naan, yellowfin tuna bhel, a paneer-corn dish with cilantro cream, spicy papaya salad and short-rib dosas.(Courtesy: Ghee Indian Kitchen)

Ghee Indian Kitchen, in Miami, Florida: A seasonal menu that mixes Indian-restaurant standards with more unusual, often locally sourced offerings. Popular are the ghost pepper cheddar naan, yellowfin tuna bhel, a paneer-corn dish with cilantro cream, spicy papaya salad and short-rib dosas.(Courtesy: Ghee Indian Kitchen)

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Badmaash, in Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, California: They serve everything from Goan pork curry, beef short ribs and butter chicken samosas, to more traditional onion bhajias, chicken tikka and cheese naans. But the star is their poutine - masala fries topped with cheese curds, doused in piping hot beef gravy, topped with tandoori chicken tikka & cilantro.(Courtest: Badmaash)

Badmaash, in Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, California: They serve everything from Goan pork curry, beef short ribs and butter chicken samosas, to more traditional onion bhajias, chicken tikka and cheese naans. But the star is their poutine - masala fries topped with cheese curds, doused in piping hot beef gravy, topped with tandoori chicken tikka & cilantro.(Courtest: Badmaash)

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Besharam, in San Francisco, California: Light Indian food with a focus on Gujarati cooking. But Besharam’s menu also has unusual offerings such as kimchi samosas, kachori dhokli (described as English pea dumplings), lamb chops with cumin rice and broccolini, and fish moilee with coconut curry.(Courtesy: Besharam)

Besharam, in San Francisco, California: Light Indian food with a focus on Gujarati cooking. But Besharam’s menu also has unusual offerings such as kimchi samosas, kachori dhokli (described as English pea dumplings), lamb chops with cumin rice and broccolini, and fish moilee with coconut curry.(Courtesy: Besharam)

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Bombay Chopsticks by India House, in Chicago, Illinois: Indian-Chinese food that’s hard to find outside India. And old favourites that are getting hard to find in India too these days. Think vegetable Manchurian, dragon rolls, meatballs, Drums of Heaven, and smooth dry Hakka noodles.(Courtesy: Bombay Chopsticks by India House)

Bombay Chopsticks by India House, in Chicago, Illinois: Indian-Chinese food that’s hard to find outside India. And old favourites that are getting hard to find in India too these days. Think vegetable Manchurian, dragon rolls, meatballs, Drums of Heaven, and smooth dry Hakka noodles.(Courtesy: Bombay Chopsticks by India House)

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Tiffin Asha, in Portland, Oregon: Spanning the food of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, and served with a twist. Alongside the familiar dosas are pakoras ones with free-range chicken (with cardamom honey, pickled kale & creamy yogurt cheese), idli fry, pulled pork vindaloo and coconut ladoos.(Courtesy: Tiffin Asha)

Tiffin Asha, in Portland, Oregon: Spanning the food of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, and served with a twist. Alongside the familiar dosas are pakoras ones with free-range chicken (with cardamom honey, pickled kale & creamy yogurt cheese), idli fry, pulled pork vindaloo and coconut ladoos.(Courtesy: Tiffin Asha)

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Amma, in Manhattan, New York City : A favourite for almost two decades, the long menu includes homestyle dishes such as tikkas, kathi rolls, crab cakes and chaat. But there are surprises like lamb ke parchae (ribbons of lamb loin in a crunchy onion basket), a jackfruit biryani and apricot stuffed lamb fillets.(Courtesy: Amma NYC)

Amma, in Manhattan, New York City : A favourite for almost two decades, the long menu includes homestyle dishes such as tikkas, kathi rolls, crab cakes and chaat. But there are surprises like lamb ke parchae (ribbons of lamb loin in a crunchy onion basket), a jackfruit biryani and apricot stuffed lamb fillets.(Courtesy: Amma NYC)

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