24995 Riding Plaza, Suite 120
Chantilly, VA 20152


Neighborhood: Chantilly/Centreville/Clifton

Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Indian

Opening Hours:
Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30, Saturday and Sunday noon to 3. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5 to 10, Friday and Saturday 5 to 10:30, Sunday 5 to 9:30.

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Not Needed


Best Dishes:
Medhu vada; palak paneer; aloo gobhi; chicken chettinad; dosas with spicy potatoes; chaat papri; kati rolls; fruit jalebi.

Price Details:
Starters, $3.95 to $7.95; entrees, $9.95 to $14.95.

Cheap Eats 2009: Rangoli

Great food, low prices, lots of fun

Why go: The cooking at this suburban oasis—lush curries, delicate dosas—is nearly as transportive as the dining room, with its Indian textiles and occasional soothing sounds of a musician.

What to get: Masala dosa, a thin rolled crepe filled with spiced potatoes; Malabar fish curry, chunks of tilapia in a coconut-curry gravy; chicken chettinad, its sauce ignited by peppercorns and dried red chilies; rich creamed spinach known as palak paneer; aloo gobhi, a fiery mix of potatoes and cauliflower.

Best for: Feeling pampered—friendly waiters and waitresses spoon your dinner onto beautiful white china.

Insider tip: There’s a well-tended lunch buffet. Rangoli now delivers free within a five-mile radius.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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