Indian food chains are now expanding their markets to international venues. Catering to an overseas clientele, these restaurants are preparing traditional Indian dishes in lands far from India and its culture, and giving the world a taste of authentic Indian cuisines.
The boiling of oil in a wok and the dunking of samosas in it, the crunch of sev-puri, the fragrance of pav-bhaji and the colours on a plate of dahi- bhallas, the sights and smells at a street-food shack in India are rather captivating.
Tourists and foreign nationals, who totter around India, might be familiar with the buzzing tastes but those who do not get the chance of delving into some Indian delights in the country itself, have options to try out Indian food in their homeland, sparingly as it might be though.
Although not as widespread as McDonald’s or Burger King, some Indian food chains are making a beeline towards foreign stations.
Saravanaa Bhavan, a food-house offering a list of Indian delicacies, is now one of the largest vegetarian restaurant chains in the world. From its first outlet at KK Nagar in Chennai, to branches around the world, Saravanaa Bhavan has come a long way. With around 66 outlets in 19 countries of Europe, the United States and beyond, the food chain is pretty widespread and accessible.
Kailash Parbat, a rather popular street food outlet from Mumbai, is another name that can be heard in the alleys of many foreign lands. From serving tourists and locals in Colaba – a famous street shopping spot in the frolicking city – the food joint now caters to foodies in Wembley, Dubai, Singapore, London, New York and Manhattan.
Kobe, another famous restaurant from Mumbai, has made its way across the adjoining Arabian Sea and to places like Canada, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates.
Another one in the row is Rajdhani, a chain of restaurants taking traditionally prepared Rajasthani and Gujarati food across the borders. After crisscrossing India, the restaurant has now opened to serve in Oman.
Also offering a range of simple and traditional Indian dishes is Anjappar, a chain of restaurants offering Chettinad food from the Chettinad region in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
Offering a variety of interesting and bona fide recipes from Indian kitchens, these Indian food joints are not just offering a bite of the Indian flavours, but, also providing foodies from around the world opportunities to explore and develop a new palate for themselves.