Indian cuisine is all about the flavors, spices, and aromas that capture the country’s true taste. If you’re looking into indulging in little spice and turmeric in your food, we’ve rounded up the best Indian restaurants to get your taste buds tingling. From your go-to Banana Leaf crave to North Indian ghee love, we scour the city to bring you a delicious roundup of the best Indian eateries and curry houses in town! Get reading.
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#1 Banana Leaf @ Devi’s Corner
Done with late-night work and looking for somewhere to eat without burning a hole in your wallet? Devi’s Corner on Jalan Telawi 2 in Bangsar’s most treasured Indian restaurant with an intense devotion to rich curries and spicy sides. Whether it’s your go-to joint for a hearty banana leaf lunch, or to quell late night hunger pangs after a couple of drinks, they serve to bring joy tears and comfort with an array of options ranging from Maggi goreng to full on meals. The banana leaf here is served with four vegetable dishes, spice-laced rasam, and papadam. We’d suggest you to skip the dhal and get your hands on their creamy, dreamy Kerala fish curry and chili-laced mutton masala for an ultimate experience.
#2 North Indian @ Big Singh Chapati House
Over here, chapatis are made right before you while the aroma of ghee whisks away your senses delightfully. Located in a not so famous part of SS15, this is spot well- known among the locals for an affordably priced menu and an authentic taste of Incredible India. Starving? For less than RM20, enjoy a set meal comprising two chapatis, naan or biryani. There’s a reason the shop is named after chapathi as these soft, fluffy, melt-into-in-your mouth-goodness, are made upon order so add on that tandoori set and enjoy another two of these with some tender tandoor-grilled chicken, redolent of spices. Their desi specials like Puree & Chole which is aloo chole (masala-style cauliflower, chickpeas, and potatoes) with three pieces of puree (deep-fried, unleavened bread) is a bonus 🙂
#3 Vegetarian Breakfast @ Idli Only Cafe
Steamed, puffy and delectable, Idli doused in the ever-so soothing sambhar sure makes for one of the most favorite breakfast among the Indian community. Pairing steamed lentil and rice cakes served with chutney, podi, and sambar, or better known as idli is this little cafe who is doing what it takes to get Malaysian on board delectables usually only made in Indian homes or by Indian grandmas. Dedicating their menu to its namesake, with up to five variations — Butter Podi, Masala, Rava, Manchurian, and Upma — of the rice and lentil cakes, amateurs should give their economical Regular Idli Set a try. It comes with three pieces of idli steamed to perfection, best paired with dhal, chutney, and sambar. For the adventure tastebuds, the Butter Podi Idli, butter-fried idli covered in spiced podi is highly recommended. End it on a sweet note with Panankalkandu Paal, milk with palm sugar and spices.
#4 Briyani @ Hyderabad Biryani House
If you’re close to the temple of fine arts, you’re close to Hyderabad Biryani House. Or you could let the smell of spicy masala lead the way to the nondescript setup sporting large aluminum pots of freshly cooked biryani. For RM12, their chicken biriyani ladled onto a plate with onions, cucumber, a lime wedge, peanut curry and raita on the side is everybody’s pick! Cooked in layers with masala mix, meat and a touch of milk and saffron, the yellow-tinted long grains emerge soft and aromatic. Every so often, you’ll scoop up a large chunk of rice-dotted chicken that supplies a shock of umami. The secret lies with their Hyderabadi cook, who developed the recipe from scratch to replicate flavors from home using local ingredients. There is an option of half portion biriyani for the small eaters! Do Not leave without teasing your taste buds with their Brinjal Kurma (RM3), velvety eggplant in a spicy sauce.
#5 South Indian Thali @ MTR 1924
Thali meals are often a staple of any South Indian restaurants. It’s basically rice served with various dishes (mostly vegetables) and some sweets. Thali meals gives you the chance to coat your palate with a plethora of flavors, spices, and herbs and over here at MTR 1924, run by the 3rd generation since 1924 when they initially opened their restaurant In India and now flourished worldwide, delight your curiosity by ordering their thali set comprising rice (your choice of dosa/chapati/ puri,) served with curd,kosambari salad, palya, vegetable sagu, bidi belt bhath, plain rice, curd rice, sambar, rasam, papad, pickles, payasam, and ghulab jamun. You’ll leave the place with a wobbly leg . Word on the street is once you try their crispy dosa drizzled with fragrant ghee, you won’t go back to eating our normal Malaysian thosai since this version tastes entirely different with its batter made from a mixture of multi-grains and pulses.
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#6 Dosa @ Jaipur Curry House
What’s good at TTDI’s Jaipur Curry House? Regulars at this neighborhood haunt will tell you it’s the thosai. No matter what you call it,thosai,dosa or dosai, this crepe made of fermented rice, black lentil and a brush of ghee makes happy, hearty fare all the same. Serving up a good-to-eat-it-on-its-own version of thosai with slightly charred ends, their version is unbelievably soft, making it great for soaking up curries and chutneys. Dip with either dhal curry, coconut chutney or sweet-spicy tomato chutney or just all together. Its so good, stopping it at one is close to impossible.
#7 Palak Paneer @ Indian Kitchen
We’re all suckers for fancy indian dishes like palak paneer(Indian cottage cheese is cooked with spinach puree), mutton rogan josh or anything butter masala which will surely add a few pounds to our food pregnant bump but who really cares about that right. It’s all about food. Sharing the same lot as Idli Only Café, Indian Kitchen is one of the lesser known restaurants in Bangsar, but with prices so affordable, it shouldn’t be long before more patrons flock here for their North Indian cuisine.
Treat yourself with the intense flavors of the tender Chicken Tikka Masala (RM18) and balance it out with the creaminess of Palak Paneer, soft cubes of cottage cheese in a spinach gravy. A plain Naan is a light option to consider to scoop the remaining gravies off your bowl. Wash and refresh your palates with the tangy Mango Lassi and maybe go for a second round.
#8 Mutton Fix @ Fierce Curry House
Hidden along Jalan Kemuja, Fierce Curry House since 2013 have been in the scene attracting their crowd with their trendy innovation and taste. While the Lobster biryani is pulling in the crowd very so recently, where their mutton varuval is concerned. we get the hype.
Consisting of different mutton pieces, they either come in leaner pieces or boned pieces. The mutton is very tender and can be pulled off the bone easily in the case of the bone pieces. Fierce in spices, it’s the worth the trip downtown.Oh and their dum biryani, we hear a thing or two.
#9 Appam @ Love Mom Restaurant / Klang Curry House
Run by half Sri Lankan, Aunty Parames was known as Mummy around her neighborhood has devoted her love to making food from scratch resulting in a daily affair of a crowded restaurant. You can’t stop at just one, so be prepared to eat more of these delicate Indian pancakes with their oh-so-creamy centers till you are satisfied.
With three options of plain, sprinkled with brown sugar or with an egg, we’ll tell you to big or head straight back home. While you’re at it, dig into some authentic Ceylonese cuisine cuz aunties got a trick or two to get you drooling all over it.
Address: 12, Lorong Menalu, Taman Chi Liung, 41200 Klang, Selangor
Hours: 7 AM to 9 PM. Opens Daily
Phone: 03-3381 2053
#10 Ikan Bilis x Banana Leaf @ Acha Curry House
We’re aware that a banana leaf spot has been listed, but how can one not feature the best among the best restaurants in the list. The battle has been fought and won over by Acha Curry House for their ridiculously tasty ikan bilis featuring a mesmerizing meld of pre-fried crispy anchovies and crunchy onions alongside the usual affair of Banana Leaf Rice Set containing a myriad of vegetable dishes. Second to their sambal is a pleasing variety of curries from onion curry, crab curry to even salted egg/fish curry.