My husband and I love Indian food and our favorite Indian restaurant is Gangadin in Studio City. We like it so much that when we were married in 1996, we had Gangadin cater our wedding dinner.
All these years later, we still like to order the same dishes we shared at our Indian “wedding feast”. Of course we try new ones every now and then, but when we feel like some comforting curry goodness, we always get the following:
Onion Pakoras – Shredded onions, dredged in spiced gram flour and deep-fried.
Papadum – Spiced crispy Indian crackers baked on an open flame.
Raita – Perfect to cool off your spicy mouth. Wonderfully refreshing yogurt blended with cucumbers, spices and tomatoes.
Mango Chutney – A wonderful, tart and sweet condiment that you order separately.
Chicken Tikka – Chunks of boneless chicken marinated in spices and yogurt and then grilled over the Tandoor flames.
Garlic Naan – Fluffy garlic naan bread that’s baked in a traditional Tandoor oven. (We each have to have our own!)
Saag Paneer – Small chunks of cheese in a delicious spinach mixture. You can ask for this dish extra spicy if you want. Note: If you are sure that you can handle the heat, then tell them to make it “traditional spicy”.
Chicken Korma – This is our favorite dish at Gangadin. It’s a mild curry flavor, marinated chicken. You can ask for it spicy, but beware… it’s REALLY spicy!
Rice Pudding – Super sweet, but a really nice finish to a spicy Indian dinner. The pistachio chips on top add great texture to the pudding.
Kingfisher Beer – For me, an Indian meal is not complete without drinking one or two (or sometimes three!) Kingfisher beers.
12067 Ventura Place
Studio City Ca 91604
Check out Gangadin owners Manmeet (right) and his son Sangmeet on the cover of Studio City Lifestyle Magazine. They are always so friendly when we eat at their restaurant.