Cary, North Carolina, is surprisingly a great place to get an Indian meal. Whether you’re craving tikka masala, saag paneer, or garlic naan, these eateries know how to deliver authentic Indian cuisine to hungry locals and visitors.
Located on West Chatham Street in Cary, Kababish Café offers some of the area’s best Indian, Mediterranean, and Pakistani dishes. Whenever you’re in the mood for traditional favorites, Kababish Café serves up the freshest ingredients and even accommodates your nutritional requests to ensure you enjoy a healthy, delicious meal.
Just some of the eatery’s dishes include onion pakora, paneer pakora, chicken vindaloo, chicken tikka masala, and dum keema. You will also discover classic desserts such as Pakistani falooda with ice cream, kheer rice pudding, and ras malaai with homemade cheese, pistachios, and cardamom.
Himalayan Nepali Cuisine
For a Nepali slant on the typical Indian restaurant, head to Himalayan Nepali Cuisine in downtown Cary. Open for lunch and dinner, this authentic eatery features the Indian classics, as well as Himalayan soups, chow mein, and wraps.
Try the delicious goat or lamb curry with rice, chicken korma in an onion-based cream sauce, the assorted tandoori mixed grill, or vegetarian biryani. Appetizers include samosas, paneer, papdi chaat, and aloo tiki, while the dessert menu features mango kulfi, or Himalayan-style mango ice cream.
Cilantro Indian Café
What started out as a small takeout joint in Cary has grown into a full-size Indian restaurant at MacGregor Village. Cilantro Indian Café offers a lovely dining experience in a comfortable atmosphere, complete with nut- and gluten-free curries.
Cilantro Indian Café is also proud to utilize local produce in every dish. While the food may be inspired by Northeast India, the ingredients are sourced right here at local farmers markets. Enjoy Moroccan hummus, chickpea salad, coconut and fish soup, chicken tikka kabobs, chicken jalfrezi, lamb and lentil stew, pan-seared fish, karahi shrimp, and a range of vegetarian options. There’s also a kids’ menu featuring pint-sized helpings of authentic Indian favorites, as well as lightly spiced chicken tenders and pita pockets.
A traditional Hyderabadi food house on East Chatham Street, Biryani Xprx is a casual sit-down, takeout, delivery, and catering eatery offering Indian and Indo-Chinese cuisine. The restaurant’s signature biryani features aromatic basmati rice and secret ingredients cooked over a low flame and served with raita and michi ka salan. Breads include traditional naan, garlic naan, bullet naan (stuffed with cilantro and green chilies), onion naan, cheese kuccha, and roti, all ranging from $2 to $3, which allow you to create the perfect meal on any budget.
You’ll also find tandoori favorites, goat entrees, seafood specials, and vegetarian dishes. The Indo-Chinese menu is especially flavorful with its Tibetan-style, pan-fried dumplings; chili garlic fried rice; Sichuan sauce; and marinated chicken wings.
With so many Indian restaurants in the Cary area, it’s difficult to narrow down our favorites, but these are amazing options anyone in your family will love. Have you visited any of these authentic eateries lately? We’d love to hear your recommendations!