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India Palace


I couldn’t believe this week when Rob took me out for Indian food!


As long as I have known him, I’ve never seen him eat Indian food nor has he shown an desire to go out to an Indian restaurant.

But then he surprised me when we arrived in the parking lot of India Palace.

It had been so long since I’d been out for Indian and I was still a little in shock when we were seated. Could our arrival have something to do with the fact that this Burnsville location has rumored to be adding on a brewpub? 😉 Perhaps. But it is obvious that the construction is not complete. So Rob did have a genuine interest in trying some Indian food.

We ordered wine. Rob loved the pours. It’s the way he likes to pour wine, despite the fact that he knows it is wrong! It wasn’t a very good wine; but you don’t have much for options at restaurants like these.

Tip: Whenever I eat at an Asian restaurant with a limited wine list, I usually order a riesling or a gewurztraminer. I normally tend to drink reds. However, the sweetness of a riesling or a gewurz counteracts with the heat in any spicy dishes, balancing out the two. In addition, the quality of these two wines is generally pretty decent or at least a lot more palatable than cheap red.

“Why didn’t you tell me that?!” Rob asked after he tasted the wine he just ordered and made a face.

I guess I was still in shock that he’d taken me here. I wanted him to order whatever his heart desired!

Rob’s dinner choice also surprised me. Who was this man sitting across from me?!

BEEF SHAHI KORMA Beef cooked with pieces of fresh homemade Indian cheese in a creamy sauce, garnished with cashews and raisins

BEEF SHAHI KORMA – Beef cooked with pieces of fresh homemade Indian cheese in a creamy sauce, garnished with cashews and raisins

He loved it! He said the flavors were delicious. The spices were warm, but not hot. We both ordered medium spicy, but as you may know, Indian spice is a lot more subtle than that of, say, Thai food. The beef pieces were tender, too.

One of my favorite Indian dishes is Chicken Tikka Masala. However, India Palace’s menu is pretty extensive. So I wanted to try something new! I was feeling like chicken, but the descriptions all sounded so similar – mostly tomato sauces with a touch of cream, which is pretty much what the sauce is in the Masala dish. I asked for a recommendation. The waiter pointed out four dishes, all of which I had been considering.

I finally settled on this:


CHICKEN MAKHANI – Tender, boneless pieces of tandoori chicken cooked in a fresh tomato sauce with a touch of light cream and imported seasonings.

As suspected, it looked and tasted similar to Chicken Tikka Masala with a nice subtle heat. Of course, we received a nice bowl of basmati rice to use as a base for our saucy goodness.


Now that Rob is willing to go out for Indian food, I need some suggestions on what to order!

What are your favorite Indian Dishes?

Please describe what they are like to me, so I can order more easily!