Indian Restaurants in Metro Phoenix Celebrate Independence Day

New India Gatea 7 year old Punjabi restaurant in Chandler, owned by brothers Pardip and Gobi Singh.

“Our father owned the Royal Taj in Tempe and Indian Gate near Chandler and Kyrene, and then he retired from the business,” Pardip explains. “Our mom always helps in our kitchen.”

Like their parents before them, the siblings serve North Indian cuisine from Punjab, the state where their parents lived before moving to the United States. Second-generation chefs cook a variety of lamb, chicken, beef, goat, and vegetarian dishes from a menu their father created.

August 15 marks the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence Day, a national holiday that honors the country’s leaders who fought against British rule.

Many residents of the Phoenix metro area of ​​Indian descent celebrate the day in unison with family and friends 8,000 miles away.

In India, Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister, will raise the flag at the Red Fort in Old Delhi on Monday and deliver a speech to the nation of nearly 1.4 billion citizens. It is the second most populous country in the world where on Svatantrata Divas, independence day in Hindi, there will be military and police parades, children taking part in kite trips and parties across the country .

For those in Phoenix, we can participate vicariously by watching the festivities online and eating and drinking delicious Indian treats throughout the valley.

A good place to start is at New India Gate with a pair of samosas, savory deep-fried triangular pastries.

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Samosas, fried triangular pastries, are a good start to a meal.

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“You can try our vegetarian and beef or chicken versions,” Pardip suggested. “And try our Taj Mahal beer.”

The $13 pint-sized beer bears a yellow graphic label of the Taj Mahal, the famous mausoleum in Agra, India. The brothers also offer Flying Horse Royal Lager. Light and crispy lagers are popular in India.

Cold beer complements the samosas, which are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The meat variant has ground beef and lightly spiced peas and the vegetarian treat is stuffed with potatoes and spiced peas. The pastries are served with a sweet tamarind sauce and a mixed cilantro, red onion and mint dip.

“We usually mix them together for a spicy sweet taste. Then we mash the samosas and kind of pour the dipping sauce over them and let the bread soak the sauce,” says Pardip. “This mixed sauce goes with all the appetizers here.”

The 3,500-square-foot Chandler Restaurant serves other Indian appetizers, including paneer pakora cheese fritters, tandoori wings, garlic prawns, and onion bhajis.

Chicken tikka masala is the most popular dish served at New India Gate, the brothers say. The chicken breast is marinated for hours and then grilled. Then they put the ground chicken in a tomato, butter and curry sauce while it cooks, making sure the chicken comes out moist.

The dish is best eaten with basmati rice and naan, a sourdough bread baked in a clay oven. Pardip explained how her family ate at their home in India.

“Serve the rice first on the plate. And then pour the starter over the rice, that way the rice can soak up all the sauce. Then you take the naan like a spoon, scoop the food and eat it together, the rice, the chicken masala and the naan. You eat it with your hands. And finally, when you’ve finished your bread, you can use the spoon to eat what’s left,” he says.

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Golab Jaman are milk balls with a little saffron.

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For dessert, try an order of Golab Jaman, a duo of three-inch dumplings made from milk with a little saffron, dipped in sugar syrup made with cardamom and saffron, or cool down with ice cream. home.

“My mother comes in and makes us the mango and pistachio kulfi ice cream,” says Gopi. “We make everything from scratch and in-house. So if you ate with us, it would be no different from here.”

New India Gate

4939 West Ray Road #1, Chandler

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Little India is an Indian grocery store with a back kitchen.

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Metro Phoenix is ​​full of wonderful places to have an Indian meal. Here are two more options to celebrate.

Little India

1813 East Baseline Road, Suite #108, Tempe

Little India is an Indian grocery store with a kitchen in the back. The kitchen prepares five different curries a day. The ever-growing list of options includes bhindi masala, rajma, dal Rajasthani, dal makhani, palak paneer, allo gobi, dum aloo, shahi paneer, and panjabi pakora kadi.

But the grocery store is known for its various chaat. Chaat is a group of snacks sold in food carts and makeshift stalls on the streets of India. A version made in Little India is called papri chaat and includes flat puri, a type of bread, topped with yellow peas, yoghurt, tamarind, coriander, chutney and onion with additional spices. Samosas are another option.

In the grocery section, Little India sells Sosyo, a fruity soft drink, and Thums Up, two popular sodas in India.

They also sell Gopi Lassi, a yogurt drink made from mango and live active yogurt cultures.

In a fridge near the checkout, look for a refreshing cold dessert like rasgullah, balls of paneer cheese in sweet syrup and rosewater.

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Guru Palace in Gilbert offers an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for $13.

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Guru’s Palace

2048 East Base Road Gilbert

Guru’s Palace serves full dinner combinations including vegetarian, meat and tandoori combos with North and South Indian platters.

At lunchtime, the restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat buffet for $13, providing a great option for those new to the kitchen.

The menu is vegetarian, with 16 dishes available, including palak paneer, a dish of chopped spinach cooked with cheese and aromatic herbs. The kitchen also makes bengan bharatha, roasted eggplant seasoned with herbs and spices.

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