Keep Calm & Curry On: Guide to 12 Indian Restaurants in Tucson

Authentic flavors, buffet lunches, and unusual dishes shape the local Indian cuisine scene.

Tucson has a selection of Indian restaurants to frequent, and all of them are well worth a visit for different reasons. Here’s a roundup of places to get your flavor fix.

Flavor of India

12112 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., Oro Valley

Flavor of India brings authentic Indian cuisine to the far reaches of Oro Valley.

For starters, their freshly-made naan is an absolute must, and with seven different varieties to choose from, there’s reason enough to return.

Order the Tandoori Mixed Grill for an assortment of chicken, fish, lamb, and shrimp, and choose your spice level.

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Gandhi Cuisine of India

150 W. Fort Lowell Rd.
(Credit: Gandhi Cuisine of India)

(Credit: Gandhi Cuisine of India)

At one time, Gandhi was the go-to for Indian food in Tucson. Nestled in a nondescript shopping center on the northwest corner of Stone and Fort Lowell, Gandhi offers a full menu and lunch buffet.

Lamb Meatball curry and Crawfish Malabar are the two popular dishes that keep diners returning.

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Govinda’s Natural Foods Buffet

711 E. Blacklidge Dr.
Samosas and buffet at Govinda's Natural Foods Buffet (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Samosas and buffet at Govinda’s Natural Foods Buffet (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Govinda’s features an all-vegetarian buffet. Surprisingly, they don’t use onions or garlic in their cooking but manage to amp up flavor through the use of spices.

Tuesday focuses primarily on Indian cuisine, while other days offer more eccentric options, including Vegan meals on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Just a heads up— the Indian entrées aren’t available a la carte. Also, samosas are excluded from the buffet cost.

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India Oven Cuisine of India

2727 N. Campbell Ave.
(Credit: India Oven)

(Credit: India Oven)

India Oven offers a lunch buffet and full menu specializing in North Indian and Punjabi cuisine.

Come for the Vegetable Biryani — a well-seasoned dish with basmati rice and vegetables, cooked in mild spices, with the addition of nuts — and Lamb Korma – a dish comprising of tender marinated pieces of boneless lamb cooked with onion, cream, nuts, and yogurt.

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Indian Twist

4660 E. Camp Lowell Dr.
Tandoori Chicken at Indian Twist (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Tandoori Chicken at Indian Twist (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Although Indian Twist is a newer addition to the Indian food scene in Tucson, you can taste the decades of culinary experience within both the simple and complex menu items.

Must-have dishes include Gobi Manchurian — cauliflower fritters cooked in a chef’s special sauce Mango Chicken, and Butter Chicken.

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Kababeque Indian Grill

845 E. University Blvd. Ste. 185
(Credit: Kababeque)

(Credit: Kababeque)

Kababeque is owned by the same people that own Saffron Indian Bistro.

As a fast-casual joint, service is quick. Food is always delicious, they deliver, and Kababeque offers one menu item unavailable anywhere else — Q RollsQ Rolls are essentially Indian burritos filled with Chicken Tikka — among a few delicious choices — wrapped in a piece of thin naan-like bread.

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New Delhi Palace

6751 E. Broadway Blvd.
(Credit: New Delhi Palace)

(Credit: New Delhi Palace)

Tucson’s only Eastside Indian restaurant offers a full menu and lunch buffet.

Ignore the dishes that can be found elsewhere and focus on the Cream of the Crop section of the menu.

Rarer dishes include Daab Malai Prawns — jumbo shrimps tempered with a five-spice blend in a classic coconut cream curry from “Bengal” — and the garlicky Balti Gosht — lamb simmered in a pureed onion, ginger, and garlic paste, spiced with “balti” herbs.

Also, don’t miss out on the Chai Flan as a dessert option.

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Saffron Indian Bistro

7607 N. Oracle Rd. Ste. 101
Chicken Tikka Masala at Saffron Indian Bistro in Tucson

Chicken Tikka Masala at Saffron Indian Bistro in Tucson

One of the fancier-feeling Indian restaurants of the bunch, Saffron offers a full menu, full bar, and lunch buffet.

While the Chicken Tikka Masala is the most popular, don’t hesitate to try the Dhansak — a spiced dish cooked with lentils — and Rogan Josh — a tomato-based dish flavored by North Indian spices.

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853 E. Grant Rd.
Curry Lamb at Sher-e-Punjab (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Curry Lamb at Sher-e-Punjab (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Sher-E-Punjab is located in a shopping center at Grant Road and First Avenue and is known to be a popular favorite among local chefs.

Don’t miss out on the full dinner menu with a standout Tikka Masala and Vegetable Biryani. The selection of raitas and chutneys at the buffet is also notable.

For more info, follow Sher-E-Punjab on Facebook.


7265 N. La Cholla Blvd.
Tandoori Mix and Mango Lassi at Tamarind (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Tandoori Mix and Mango Lassi at Tamarind (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Tamarind chef Saumil Patel’s London background and formal culinary training help separate his cuisine from other Indian restaurants in Tucson.

For a sampler, order the Tandoori Mix with Chicken Tikka, Tandoori Chicken, Tandoori Shrimp, and Sheek Kabab.

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Twisted Tandoor

5151 S. Country Club (inside BBQ Rush at LazyDays RV park)
Keema Samosas at Twisted Tandoor

Keema Samosas at Twisted Tandoor (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

At one time a beloved and ultra-popular food truck, the business has seen a series of incarnations as both brick-and-mortar restaurant and food truck since co-owner Mukhi Singh passed away suddenly in 2015. His wife, Roop Singh, who also played a key role in running the business, has carried the torch ever since. And the food is just as good as it ever was.

More info at Twisted Tandoor on Facebook.

Honorable Mention: Bombole

100 N. Stone (in the Pioneer building)
Empanadas at Bombolé Eatery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Empanadas at Bombolé Eatery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

This modern interpretation of India-meets-Honduras offers Indian empanadas. There’s typically a few to choose from, including a vegetarian option. It’s super delicious, inexpensive, and fast.

More infor about Bombolé on Facebook

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[This article was originally written on December 10, 2018, and was most recently updated on August 4, 2021.]

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