• 923 Metairie Rd, Metairie, LA 70005
  • 504-836-6859

Our Menu

Welcome to Taj Mahal Indian Cuisine.

After visiting the curry houses of Europe, especially of London, my late husband (Har G. Keswani) was inspired to bring Indian culture and food to New Orleans. Since 1982, the Keswani family has presented the unique cuisine of India to the New Orleans community.

This menu is an attempt to represent the diversity in Indian Cuisine from the South to the North.

Enjoy!

– Anila Keswani

APPETIZERS

  • $5.95

    VEGGIE CUTLETS

    cutlets made from carrots, peas, cauliflower and lightly pan fried

  • $4.95

    SAMOSA CHAAT

    veggie samosas covered with curried chickpeas, raita, and chutneys

  • $10.95

    TAJ PLATTER

    non-vegetarian for 2

  • $8.95

    VEGETARIAN PLATTER FOR TWO

    assortment of samosas, papadum, and onion pakoras

  • $6.00

    VEGGIE KATHI ROLL

    Indian version of a veggie wrap

  • $7.50

    VEGGIE SEENKH KEBAB (MILD)

    minced potatoes and cheese rolled on skewers and cooked in the clay oven

  • $8.50

    JAMNAGAR JHINGA

    fresh gulf shrimp marinated in spices and roasted over mesquite charcoal

  • $6.95

    TAJ KATHI ROLL

    Indian version of a spiced chicken wrap

  • $5.50

    CHICKEN PAKORAS (MILD)

    fried tenders dipped in a lentil batter

  • $6.00

    BOMBAY CHICKEN WINGS

    spicy chicken wings

  • $4.95

    SINDHI ALOO TIKKI

    patties of potatoes, topped with chickpeas, drizzled with yoghurt

  • $3.50

    ONION PAKORAS (MILD)

    onion fritter fried in lentil batter

  • $3.50

    VEGETABLE SAMOSAS

    potatoes and peas in a crispy pastry

ACCOMPANIMENTS

  • $6.00

    MAKHANI SAUCE

    butter and methi sauce

  • $2.00

    PLAIN YOGURT

    housemade

  • $2.50

    RAITA

    yogurt with grated carrot and cucumber

  • $2.00

    BUTTERED BASMATI RICE

  • $2.00

    PLAIN BASMATI RICE

  • $2.95

    CHUTNEY PLATE

    Assortment of five different chutneys

SOUP & SALAD

  • $3.00

    ONION SALAD

    slices of onion, jalapeno, and lemon

  • $3.50

    GARDEN SALAD

    freshly sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and carrots with dressing

  • $3.50

    TIMATAR KA SHORBA

    slowly cooked cumin and garlic flavored tomato soup

  • $3.50

    MULLIGATAWNY SOUP VEG/CHICKEN

    lentil soup with spiced chicken flavored with cumin and lemon

STANDARD INDIAN FARE

  • $12.95

    VEGETABLE CURRY

    thick gravy of tomato and onion

  • $15.95

    SHRIMP/FISH CURRY

    thick gravy of tomato and onion

  • $13.95

    LAMB CURRY

    thick gravy of tomato and onion

  • $12.95

    CHICKEN CURRY

    thick gravy of tomato and onion

  • $11.95

    VEGETABLE KADAI

    with bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, and fresh coriander

  • $15.95

    SHRIMP/FISH KADAI

    with bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, and fresh coriander

  • $14.95

    LAMB KADAI

    with bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, and fresh coriander

  • $13.95

    CHICKEN KADAI

    with bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, and fresh coriander

  • $12.95

    VEGETABLE TIKKA MASALA

    roasted bell peppers and tomatoes in a cream sauce

  • $15.95

    SHRIMP/FISH TIKKA MASALA

    roasted shrimp/fish sauteed with bell peppers and tomatoes in a cream sauce

  • $13.95

    LAMB TIKKA MASALA

    roasted lamb sauteed with bell peppers and tomatoes in a cream sauce

  • $14.95

    CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA

    roasted chicken sauteed with bell peppers and tomatoes in a cream sauce

  • $12.95

    VEGETABLE KORMA (MILD)

    in an almond and cashew cream sauce

  • $15.95

    SHRIMP/FISH KORMA (MILD)

    in an almond and cashew cream sauce

  • $13.95

    LAMB KORMA (MILD)

    in an almond and cashew cream sauce

  • $13.95

    CHICKEN KORMA (MILD)

    in an almond and cashew cream sauce

  • $11.95

    VEGETABLE SAAG

    with creamed spinach

  • $15.95

    SHRIMP/FISH SAAG

    with creamed spinach

  • $13.95

    LAMB SAAG

    with creamed spinach

  • $12.95

    CHICKEN SAAG

    with creamed spinach

  • $11.95

    VEGETABLE VINDALOO

    spicy hot with potatoes

  • $15.95

    SHRIMP/FISH VINDALOO

    spicy hot with potatoes

  • $13.95

    LAMB VINDALOO

    spicy hot with potatoes

  • $12.95

    CHICKEN VINDALOO

    spicy hot with potatoes

TANDOOR

The TANDOOR is a barrel-shaped, pit OVEN made from an amalgam of special clays, oils, and natural binding agents. This form of cooking has evolved over the centuries, when the first oven was a hole in the ground, with clay patted on the walls to keep the hole from caving in. The fuel used was cow chips or camel dung, with a mixture of straw. Over time, this fuel was changed to wood charcoal. The food, whether it be chicken, lamb, beef, shrimp, or fish, is marinated for a minimum of twelve hours in a special blend of spices.

  • $18.95

    TANDOORI PLATTER

    tandoori chicken, chicken tikka, seenkh kebab, and prawn kebab

  • $13.95

    PANEER TIKKA (MILD)

    tandoori roasted farmers cheese served on a sizzler

  • $15.95

    MACCHI TIKKA

    seasonal fish marinated and roasted

  • $14.95

    BOTI KEBAB

    masala spiced tandoori roasted lamb cubes

  • $18.95

    TIKKA JINGA

    prawns marinated in fresh herbs and roasted

  • $12.95

    MALAI KEBAB (MILD)

    boneless chicken encrusted with cashews and roasted

  • $13.95

    MURGH TIKKA

    masala spiced tandoori roasted boneless chicken breast

  • $14.95

    GOSHT SEEKH KEBAB

    clay oven roasted ground lamb, coriander, and fennel seeds

  • $11.95

    TANDOORI MURGH (MILD)

    chicken marinated in yoghurt and a classic blend of Indian spices

LAMB

  • $14.95

    LAMB ACHARI

    tender lamb in a medium spiced pickle-flavor onion and tomato sauce

  • $15.95

    LAMB SUKHA

    simmered in a thick curry sauce, curry leaves, and coconut

  • $15.95

    LAMB BHUNA

    roasted cubes of lamb sauteed with onions, bell pepper, tomatoes, and spices

  • $15.95

    DHANYA LAMB

    lamb sauteed with coriander and spices

  • $15.95

    LAMB RARA

    tender lamb and minced lamb in an onion tomato gravy

  • $14.95

    LAMB PASANDA (MILD)

    marinated in yoghurt and simmered with a saffron almond cashew cream sauce

  • $14.95

    LAMB ROGAN JOSH

    curry leaf & cinnamon slow braised chunks of leg of lamb with fresh coriander

SHRIMP OR FISH

  • $15.95

    SUKHA JHINGA

    pan sauteed shrimp with house spices, curry leaves, and coconut

  • $15.95

    TAWA MACCHI

    fish marinated with Indian herbs and spices, then cooked to perfection on a skillet

  • $16.95

    KALI-MILCH JHINGA/MACCHI

    in a spicy sweet black peppery cream sauce

  • $15.95

    BHUNA JHINGA/MACCHI

    shrimp or fish sauteed with onions, bell pepper, fresh tomatoes, and spices

  • $15.95

    GOA JHINGA/MACCHI

    coconut poached shrimp or white fish chunks with fresh curry leaves and fenugreek

  • $15.95

    KERALA JHINGA/MACCHI

    fish or shrimp cooked in spiced coconut milk and flavored with curry leaves

CHICKEN

  • $13.95

    MANGO CHICKEN (MILD)

    boneless chicken in a sweet, tangy, and savory spiced gravy

  • $13.95

    CHICKEN BHUNA

    boneless chicken sautéed with onions, bell pepper, fresh tomatoes, and spices

  • $12.95

    CHILI CHICKEN

    boneless chicken with bell pepper simmered in a sweet, spicy and tangy sauce

  • $13.95

    CHICKEN PASANDA (MILD)

    marinated in yoghurt and simmered with a saffron almond cashew cream sauce

  • $13.95

    CHICKEN CHETTINAD

    A popular dish, from the Chettinad region, of roasted exotic spices and peppers

  • $13.95

    CHICKEN MAKHANWALA (MILD)

    shredded charbroiled chicken breast with fenugreek decadent tomato butter sauce

VEGETARIAN

PANEER is a mild cottage cheese pressed in our kitchen. It is of firm texture and a mild bite.

  • $12.95

    GOBI/PANEER 65

    sweet and tangy deep fried cauliflower/paneer cheese with curry leaf tempering

  • $12.95

    MUSHROOM MASALA

    mushrooms cooked in a mildly spiced tomato based gravy with a hint of fenugreek

  • $12.95

    GOBI MANCHURIAN

    cauliflower dipped in a chickpea batter, sautéed in a Manchurian sauce

  • $11.95

    ALU MATTAR

    peas and potatoes in a tomato sauce

  • $11.95

    ALU SAAG

    potatoes with curried spinach

  • $12.95

    CHILI PANEER

    homemade cheese, green and red bell pepper, simmered in a sweet, spicy and tangy sauce

  • $12.95

    PANEER MAKHANI (MILD)

    homemade cheese in a tomato and butter sauce

  • $12.95

    KOFTA LAJAWAB (MILD)

    homemade cheese and potato rounds, stuffed with nuts and fruit, sautéed in onions and cream

  • $11.95

    ZEERA ALOO

    baby yellow potatoes dry sautéed with onions, mustard, and cumin seeds

  • $11.95

    VEGETABLE MASALA

    toasted dry masala spiced sautéed market fresh vegetables

  • $12.95

    MALAI KOFTA

    paneer cheese, vegetable and potato croquettes with a fenugreek seasoned tomato butter sauce

  • $12.95

    NAVRATTAN KORMA

    diced Indian farmer’s cheese, baby green beans, turnips and sweet peas in butter milk cream sauce

  • $10.95

    DAL MAKHANI

    cardamom scented butter whipped lentils flavored with curry leaves

  • $11.95

    ALOO GOBI

    garlic & spices sautéed cauliflower and Russet potatoes

  • $11.95

    CHANNA MASALA

    sauté of garbanzo beans & black cumin with fresh coriander

  • $11.95

    BHINDI MASALA

    sautéed fresh okra sprinkled with mango powder

  • $11.95

    BENGHAN BHARTA

    puree of Tandoori fried eggplant and tomatoes

  • $12.95

    SAAG PANEER

    Indian farmer’s cheese with spicy garlic spinach puree

  • $12.95

    MATTAR PANEER

    diced Indian farmer’s cheese and sweet peas simmered in saffron tomato sauce

  • $11.95

    YELLOW DAL

    clove scented butter whipped yellow moong beans flavored with mustard seeds

South Indian Specialties

IDDLY, SAMBAR, VADA

Steamed rice patties, Lightly spiced and tangy lentil soup simmered with vegetables, Lentil donuts.

  • $7.99

    IDDLY SAMBAR

    3 pieces Iddly with bowl of Sambar

  • $4.99

    SPECIAL BONDA

    lentil dumplings with onion, potato

  • $5.99

    SAMBAR VADA

    lightly spiced lentil donuts dipped in Sambar (lightly spiced and tangy lentil soup simmered with vegetables)

  • $4.99

    DAHI VADA

    lentil donuts in yogurt, garnished with coriander

  • $4.99

    MEDHU VADA

    lightly spiced lentil donuts

UTHAPPAM

Served with Sambar and Coconut Chutney Indian pizza with various toppings; A South Indian Specialty.

  • $9.95

    VEGETABLE UTHAPPAM

    tomato, peas, carrots, and onion toppings

  • $9.95

    TOMATO & PEAS UTHAPPAM

    with tomato and peas toppings

  • $9.95

    ONION & HOT CHILI UTHAPPAM

    with onion and chili toppings

  • $9.95

    ONION & PEAS & TOMATO UTHAPPAM

    with onion, peas, and tomato toppings

  • $9.95

    PLAIN UTHAPPAM

    plain Indian pizza

DOSAS

Served with Sambar, Coconut Chutney, & Potato. Light and low calorie crepes from rice and lentils, a real South Indian mouth watering treat.

  • $9.95

    BUTTER MASALA DOSAI

    crepes filled with potatoes and onion cooked in butter

  • $9.95

    ONION MASALA DOSAI

    crepes with onion toppings filled with potato and onion

  • $9.95

    MYSORE MASALA DOSAI

    thin rice crepes with layer of hot chutney, filled with potato and onions

  • $9.95

    SADA MYSORE DOSAI

    thin rice crepes with layer of hot chutney

  • $9.95

    PAPER MASALA DOSAI

    thin crispy rice crepes filled with potatoes and onion

  • $9.95

    PAPER DOSAI

    thin crispy rice crepes rolled

  • $9.95

    MASALA DOSAI

    rice crepes filled with potatoes and onion

  • $9.95

    SADA DOSAI

    a plain rice crepe

BREADS

Soft, fluffy, crusty, layered, whether plain or stuffed, are cooked to order on the walls of the TANDOOR. STUFFED BREADS make great appetizers.

  • $5.95

    ASSORTED BREAD BASKET

    Onion Kulcha, Roti, and Aloo Paratha

  • $4.50

    TAJ KULCHA

    stuffed with minced tandoori chicken, with a touch of ginger, onion, and cilantro

  • $3.50

    KEEMA NAAN

    Stuffed with garam masala spiced ground lamb

  • $3.00

    PANEER PARATHA

    Whole wheat bread stuffed with cheese

  • $2.50

    ALOO PARATHA

    Whole wheat bread stuffed with spiced potatoes and sweet peas

  • $2.50

    PARATHA

    Flaky and buttery whole wheat bread

  • $1.95

    ROTI

    Tandoori baked whole wheat bread

  • $3.00

    KABULI NAAN

    Unleavened bread stuffed with nuts, raisins, and sun dried cherries

  • $2.50

    ROASTED GARLIC NAAN

    Unleavened bread with crushed garlic

  • $2.50

    ONION KULCHA

    Unleavened bread stuffed with grilled onions

  • $2.50

    BULLET NAAN

    Spicy bread stuffed with jalapenos and cilantro

  • $1.95

    NAAN

    Tandoori fired classic Indian bread

  • $2.00

    POORI

    Wok fried whole wheat bread

SAFFRON SCENTED BIRYANI

BIRYANI’s are similar to jambalaya, they tend to be less oily and have a nice mix of vegetables and meat made with basmati rice and served with cucumber raita.

  • $12.95

    VEGGIE FRIED RICE

    Indian style fried basmati rice with vegetables and eggs

  • $16.95

    MIXED BIRYANI

    chicken, lamb, and prawns with saffron rice

  • $11.95

    VEGETABLE BIRYANI

    mixed vegetables in a saffron scented basmati rice

  • $13.95

    LAMB BIRYANI

    braised leg of lamb in cinnamon saffron scented basmati rice

  • $12.95

    CHICKEN BIRYANI

    chicken breast with a saffron & ginger scented basmati rice

  • $15.95

    PRAWN BIRYANI

    skillet sauteed prawns in a cardamom saffron basmati rice

DESSERTS

INDIAN DESSERTS, like the CURRIES and TANDOORI dishes, are unique in themselves. They are labor intensive, yet well worth the effort.

  • $5.00

    RAS MALAI

    an Indian dessert described as “cheesecake without the crust”

  • $4.00

    GULAB JAMUN

    handmade golden brown milk balls, bathed in a rose syrup

  • $3.50

    KULFI

    Indian-style ice cream

  • $3.50

    KHEER

    rice pudding