Indian

Al-Watan

13619 Inglewood Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90250

(310) 644-6395

A tandoor as large and hot as a jet engine is the centerpiece of this Pakistani and Indian gem. Disks of buttery naan emerge looking like Neapolitan pizzas. Bright orange chicken quarters arrive whole on a sizzling plate or chopped up and drenched in curry sauce.

Website: http://www.alwatanrestaurant.com

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Bawarchi Indian Kitchen

10408 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90232

310-836-8525

Strips of bread dough tightly seal the lids on massive cooking pots at Bawarchi Indian Kitchen in Culver City, where chef Amarpal Sabherwal puts his colorful spin on the classic north Indian cooking technique known as dum pukht.

Website: http://www.indianbawarchi.com/start.html

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Chakra

151 S. Doheny Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90211

310-246-3999

The old Maurya has been rejiggered with a warmer color palette, a 15-foot water wall, and Indian music videos …

Website: http://chakracuisine.com

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Gate of India

115 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90401

310-656-1664

Rita Huda offers a nonpareil culinary tour of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and her native Bengal…

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India Sweet House

5992 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90035

(323) 934-5193

This no-frills spot is dedicated to the Indian snacks and small dishes known as chaat.

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Rasraj

18511 S. Pioneer Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90701

562-809-3141

Sleek and bright, with photos of its dishes on the walls, this is the newest Gujarati-style chat (snack) and mithai (sweets) shop in Little India…

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Samosa House East

10700 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90232

310-559-6350

Once a Winchell’s doughnut shop, Samosa House East is a dramatic boost to the Washington Boulevard food scene…

Website: http://samosahouse.net

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Surati Farsan Mart

11814 186th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90701

(562) 860-2310

Well-prepared vegetarian choices abound in Little India, but at Surati Farsan Mart, the newly expanded Gujarati chaat house, the small plates rival those at any tony temple of modern cuisine.

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Woodlands

11833 Artesia Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90701

562-860-6500

Women not wearing saris stand out here, where families come for the weekend South Indian vegetarian buffet…

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