Cheap Eats 2013: Spice It Up

Stuck in a chicken tikka masala rut? Check out five other favorite curries.
Try the goat masala at Bollywood Bistro. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
Try the goat masala at Bollywood Bistro. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

1. Paneer-anjeer kofta


Passage to India

A lush, mildly spiced sauce blankets delicious cone-shaped
cheese dumplings filled with figs. 4931 Cordell Ave., Bethesda;
301-656-3373.

2. Dhaniawala korma

Angeethi

Cilantro and coriander lovers should flock to this Kashmiri
dish of chicken smothered in thick, spring-green gravy. 645 Elden St.,
Herndon; 703-796-1527.

3. Lamb nilgiri

Malgudi

Vegetarian dishes are the focus of many southern Indian cafes.
Malgudi does those well but also turns out a vibrant, mint-flecked lamb
curry. 2400 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-3120.

4. Goat masala

Bollywood Bistro

Tender pieces of bone-in goat meet a complex and aromatic gravy
in this traditional Punjabi-style curry. 3955 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax;
703-273-0031.

5. Lamb korma

Turmeric

It’s one of the richer curries out there, but hunks of lamb
pair well with the mellow almond-and-cashew sauce. 405 Maple Ave. E.,
Vienna; 703-938-0100.

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