Anil and Shivani Miglani opened
their restaurant, Tandoori Nights, in Kentlands at
the end of 2001. A tandoor is a cylindrical clay
oven, fired to a high heat by wood or charcoal, in
which foods, especially meats, are cooked and bread
is baked. Tandoori refers to food being cooked in a
tandoor. They state on their brochure that they
“emphasize healthy quality food, using less oil and
the best ingredients to create a harmony of subtle
flavors and taste.”
The establishment is modestly,
but comfortably decorated in earth tones with
only minimal flourishes that let the patron know
that the cuisine culture is Indian. In good weather,
their space expands with nice outdoor dining. You
can get a heavily Indian spiced meal here, as well
as things that appeal to a middle-American palate.
We presume that this might be why there seem to be
an increasing number of families dining there. The
Chicken Tikka (below), for example, will appeal to
the unsophisticated as well as the sophisticated
Tandoori Nights has an
extensive menu. Some of those items include:
SOUPS AND SALADS:
- Tomato Shorba [$4.95]
Cream of tomatoes, with herbs and spices.
- Mulligtawny Soup [$4.95] A
spicy favorite of all, made with split peas,
vegetables and chicken broth.
- Haryali Chicken Soup
[$5.95] Unique blend of spinach and chicken
mixed with delicate Indian herbs garnished with
- Chef Salad [$4.95]
Combination of fresh greens, broccoli, cherry
tomato, served with chutney and yogurt dressing.
- Spicy Cucumber Chicken
Salad [$5.95] Chunks of chicken, onions,
peppers, tomatoes in a tangy lemon dressing.
- Aloo Chat Papri [$4.95] A
medley of chickpeas, potatoes, flour crisps
mixed with chutney and yogurt.
- Pani Poori (Gool Gappay)[
$4.95] bite size puffed pooris filled with
potato and/or chick peas and tamarind chutney
and the Pani Poori spicy water.
- Raj Kachori [$5.95] A
specialty of Calcutta, Kachori filled with
chickpeas, thin vermicelli with tamarind sauce,
mint chutney, and yogurt.
- Mixed Vegetable Pakora
$5.95] An assortment of vegetables dipped in
chickpeas flour batter and fried.
- Garlic Shrimp [$9.95]
Delicately spiced shrimps, cooked in white wine
- Tandoori Fish (Chef's
Special) [$17.95] Whole fish marinated with
spices and baked to perfection in clay oven. A
specialty of the house.
- Fish Tikka [$16.95] Cubes
of fresh salmon marinated and grilled to
perfection in the clay oven.
- Prawn Angarey [$19.95]
Large juicy prawns marinated and grilled in the
- Tandoori Chicken [$16.95]/
[$9.95] Half Chicken marinated in yogurt and
freshly ground spices, skewered, and grilled to
- Chicken Tikka [$13.95]
Boneless cubes of chicken breast marinated in
yogurt and freshly ground spices, finished in
- Malai Kabob [$13.95]
Tandoori Vegetables (Chef's Special) [$11.95]
Cauliflower, broccoli, home-made cheese, bell
peppers, tomatoes, apple and pineapple marinated
in yogurt with mild spices and grilled in clay
- Fish Goani [$17.95] A
speciality from ex-Portuguese colony of Goa.
Fillets of fish cooked in the famous fiery
- Bombay Fish Curry [$17.95]
Fish cooked in typical Bombay style in a light
tomato curry sauce with tomatoes and onions.
- Chicken Vindaloo [$ 13.95]
Chunks of chicken cooked with fresh ginger,
garlic, and potatoes in fiery sauce.
- Chicken and Spinach
[$13.95] Chicken cooked with chopped creamy
spinach and lightly spiced.
- Chicken Makhani [$13.95]
Julienne of tandoori chicken cooked in an
exquisite creamy tomato sauce.
- Chicken Curry [$12.95]
Cube of chicken cooked in traditional curry
- Lamb Pasanda [$13.95] Lean
chunks of lamb cooked in yogurt sauce with a
blend of fragrant spices.
- Goat Curry [$17.95]
(Chef’s special) Tender cubes of goat with bone,
cooked on slow heat with herbs and spices.
- Chana Lamb Chop Masala
(Chef's Special) [$17.95] Tender lamb chops
marinated with ginger, herbs, and spices, cooked
- Lamb Patiala [$14.95] From
the royal kitchens of Patiala State. Tender
boneless lamb pieces cooked with ground onion,
ginger, garlic, and aromatic Masala, cooked with
- Palak Paneer [$10.95]
Fresh homemade cheese cooked in a creamy spinach
Malai Kofta Curry [$10.95] Croquettes of fresh
cheese and potatoes simmered in