Maira Ansari’s FAVE 3 Indian restaurants

By: Maira Ansari, WAVE 3 News Anchor/Reporter

I grew up eating amazing home cooked South Asian meals. My family is originally from Pakistan and my mother is a woman who knows her way around the kitchen. I love spicy food. The foods that I grew up enjoying are now a favorite to so many. Back in the day, it was very rare to see an Indian restaurant and now, they are everywhere!

Indian and Pakistani food are similar. Many of the same spices are used. My favorite dish my mother makes is her homemade chapati bread. Chapati is made of whole wheat flour known as atta, salt and water, and is cooked on a tava (flat skillet). She would always make her Chapati with another dish that is my favorite, Keema Matar. Keema Matar is minced meat and peas.

I'm a pretty good cook but, my cooking skills are nothing like my mama's. So, when I'm having a craving for food from the far East, I love to visit some of Louisville's best Indian restaurants.

Here are some of my top picks!

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Clay Oven

12567 Shelbyville Rd.
Louisville, KY 40243

Clay Oven has a fantastic buffet Mon-Sun. A buffet is a great way to try different things if you have never had Indian food. My favorite items on their menu are the coconut chicken, chili chicken and lamb saag.

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1850 S Hurstbourne Pkwy.
Louisville, KY 40220

I really like their lamb biryani. Biryani is a traditional rice dish. They also have wonderful samosas, which are triangular patties stuffed with peas and potatoes, cooked with spices and then fried.



4742 Bardstown Rd.
Louisville, KY 40218

Dakshin has a food truck that I really enjoy. I’ve only been to the restaurant once, but I’ve visited the food truck several times. The food truck is often downtown during the lunch hour near the hospitals.
I really like their chicken tikka masala.

I really hope you get to enjoy food from my cultural background.

Go to my Facebook page and me know what your favorite Indian restaurant is in town and what your favorite dish is!