1. Paneer-anjeer kofta
A lush, mildly spiced sauce blankets delicious cone-shaped
cheese dumplings filled with figs. 4931 Cordell Ave., Bethesda;
2. Dhaniawala korma
Cilantro and coriander lovers should flock to this Kashmiri
dish of chicken smothered in thick, spring-green gravy. 645 Elden St.,
3. Lamb nilgiri
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
Tender pieces of bone-in goat meet a complex and aromatic gravy
in this traditional Punjabi-style curry. 3955 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax;
5. Lamb korma
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.,