They say once you go black, you ain’t going back! Once you go spicy you go crazy we say. Spice your life (and diet) by eating your way through these Indian restaurants in KL. Featuring the south and the north Indian cuisine from the city and the suburbs, we scour to bring you a delicious roundup of the best Indian eateries and curry houses in town in this article of Best Indian Restaurants in KL.
#1 Pay to your liking @ Annalakshmi
‘Eat as you wish, give us as you feel’ was the initial concept at Annalakshmi, a humble restaurant established in 1984 with an ambition to provide a variety of vegetarian dishes for the crowd without a tag price on the dishes and the freedom patrons to contribute! Many many years later, they’ve revamped the system and set prices at night and a daily lunch ALL YOU CAN EAT buffet for RM18 (RM21 Friday to Sunday).
Not too shabby given the variety of this smorgasbord makes it one of the best vegetarian outlets in KL. The popular chapattis are the best place to start but, as with all good buffets, leave space so that you can try everything. Vegetarian food without the aloo gobi and paneer? No way! With an ala-carte menu option, one can possibly get anything and everything at Annalakshmi for the best price and ghee-some meals.
#2 Kerala @ KAYRA Authentic Kerala Cuisine
Did you know you favorite appam was originated in Kerala? Quick fact: Kerala is a state in South India on the Malabar coast, popular for its coconut tree-lined beaches and many waterways. In terms of cuisine, the region is famed for its seafood dishes and affinity for coconut in all its permutations – coconut oil, fresh coconut, grated coconut, sliced coconut, basically nut cracks for coconut.
Like in Kerala, the dishes here see multiple use for mangoes (the state’s favourite fruit) as well as seafood — a combination that results in tangy flavours. The Allepey Meen Curry (RM30), in which fish is simmered in ground coconut paste and raw mangoes for a cheerfully zesty curry. For something similar to our home cooked fish curry try out their Meen Muppas (RM30) — spice-laden fish curry in rich coconut milk. The aromatic Coconut Pepper Chicken (RM25), works just as well in its mushroom version, the Koon Pepper Fry (RM22).For more info on their menu, check out Karya’s official or facebook page.
#3 Chapati @ Santa Chapati House
Chapathi that would make Every Punjabi Mother Proud! Serving chapatis so fresh, it’s so good with trays full of curries for you to dive in! Best Had with Chickpea Masala (from RM3), tender chickpeas stirred in with crunchy onions and a truckload of spices. For more greens, the Aloo Gobi (cauliflowers with potato, from RM4) is another praised creation.
#4 Fish Head Curry @ Anuar’s
The long queues worth waiting for 45 mins before you are standing in front of the glorious fish head curry and meals for only RM 3 (Curry, Rice, Chicken, Vege). Using spices and ingredients necessary for a good curry base, the South Indian cooking style is obvious when savoring Anuar’s fish head curry.
Fishes Served: mackerel and red snapper (RM20 – RM80)
#5 South Indian Feast @ Anjappar Authentic Chettinad Restaurants
While banana leaf rice is pretty similar to this, Chettinad cuisine uses heavy use of spice, making it one of the most aromatic, SPICY, hearty dishes from India. and if you looking into trying everything without literally doing it, Anjappar’s Chettinad Restaurant’s Briyani will sum it up for ya!
Must Try: Anjappar’s Chettinad chicken masala, chunks of tender bone-in chicken bathed in a gorgeous brick red sauce fragrant with cinnamon, cloves, cumin, and especially black pepper, certainly lives up to the billing, leaving lips a tingle and tongue on fire.
#6 Briyani @ Hyderabad Recipes
Google Best briyani in Kuala Lumpur, and this will pop out with scrutinizing observations. Hyderabad briyani consists of layering the rice with marinated meat to create a sumptuous dish of beautiful fragrant long fluffy grains with tender meat. And the meat will be mixed with ginger garlic paste, salt, turmeric, red chillies, whole spices like cinnamon sticks and cardamom, fried onions, yoghurt curd, lemon juice, chopped herbs like mint, coriander and green chillies, and peanut oil. What exactly are you waiting for?
#7 Healthy Eats @ The Ganga Cafe
Hogging knowing it’s MSG Free yet utterly delicious vegetarian Banana Leaf Rice, The Ganga Cafe some of the most delicious array of healthy Indian dishes. Spices are everything here as it’s heavily found in their choices of dhal, jeera rice, briyani rice, chapatti, masala, and even their juices.
Must Eat: Stuff Fried Chilli, Vada Pav,Chana Bathura (Highly Recommended)
Address: 19, Lorong Kurau, Taman Bukit Pantai, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Hours: 8 AM to 10 PM. Opens Daily
Phone: 03-2284 2119
#8 24/7 @ Tengga Briyani
If you haven’t seen this video, you truly haven’t lived to the fullest! Prepare your taste buds for the best Coconut Briyani in town. Malaysia’s first came about when the Owner of the restaurant brought this 50 years old of a family recipe to the open and now we are considering to move past bamboo briyani to call this our new favorite!
#9 North Indian Food @ Jai Hind
60 years later and they’re unbeatable and instilled in the hearts of North Indian Food Lovers! Made with such authenticity you would receive from the streets of Mumbai, Jai Hind delivers mind-boggling mock meats tasting just real meat you wouldn’t even realize to decadently cooked vegetables on one end to mutton bones piled high in dark gravy on the other. The palak paneer, a staple at any North Indian restaurant in KL, is the best you’ll eat in the city.
What to order: Palak Paneer, Baigan Bartha (eggplant goodness), GULAB JAMUN (MUST)
#10 Claypot Rice @ Satti Sorru
Claypot Chicken Rice? Yes Please. Claypot Curry Rice? Well, today’s a great day to try something new and this new will set your taste buds on fire and delight! Using their signature herbs and spices, each clay pot is prepared from scratch and mixed with rice, meat of your liking on high heat to get a power packed flavor at each bite. Locals are all over this so be sure to get there early as 10 am!!!
Must try: Chicken Briyani (RM 8), Mutton Briyani (RM 12), Fried Chicken (RM 5 ) , Monitor Lizard Briyani ( Taste just like chicken hehee)
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