Everyone's Two Favorites

Chicken Tikka or Chicken Tikka Masala... what is your favorite? While oftentimes, these two notable dishes are confused with one another, they are actually quite different in flavor...

Chicken Tikka

One of our most popular dishes at All India Cafe: Chicken Tikka! We marinate boneless pieces of chicken in our homemade sauce with cilantro, ginger, garlic, & spices... it's even gluten-free! "Tikka" actually translates to "bits" or "pieces" and is a classic of Punjabi cuisine. Beloved for its exquisite flavor and for its overall lightness as a dish, Chicken Tikka is a go-to for many purists. 

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Chicken Tikka Masala

The ultimate comfort food... this dish is probably our most popular across all of our locations. Our Tandoori cooked chicken is served in a cream sauce, freshly made of an infusion of onions, ginger, & fenugreek leaves. Our Chicken Tikka Masala is warm, and rich in flavor and textures, all without being too heavy... a gluten-free delight!

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Which is your favorite, or your go-to?


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Food Photography

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Larissa and Glen Evans, two amazing photographers, recently took the time to capture photos and videos at All India Cafe in Glendale. They truly captured our food and the ingredients behind our dishes. We are so very grateful for the amazing shots they took -- this duo is so hardworking, so very talented, and so fun to work with!! We can’t recommend them both enough! 

Contact Info

Larissa  (626) 429-9234

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/larissa_costap/

Glen (323) 791-8807

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cdog297/

 

 

A Veggie Lover's Guide to All India Cafe

For vegetarians, it can be challenging to find fresh, nutritious, & tasty food options all in one go. We never want our customers to feel like our vegetarian options are boring or redundant. We are proud to offer the best Indian food in Pasadena and Glendale, fit for not only vegetarians or veggie lovers, but also more other dietary restrictions, including those who are offer vegan and gluten-free. Our many delicious entrees and sides can also be tailored to your preferences! We only use the freshest ingredients and have a multitude of dining options fit for whether you’d like to dine in or enjoy the best Indian food takeout in Glendale or Pasadena.

Here are some of our customer's favorite vegetarian-friendly dishes - even our meat-loving guests savor them!

Shahi Paneer (Gluten-free!)

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A popular dish in Punjab. Paneer cooked with fresh tomatoes, ginger, & garlic in a creamy sauce.

Malia Kofta (Gluten-free!)

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Fresh vegetables & paneer balls with raisins and nuts, cooked in fresh tomatoes, onion, ginger, garlic, & fenugreek leaves with a touch of cream.

Vegetable Biryani (Gluten-free!)

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Curried mixed vegetables cooked with rice.

Palak Paneer or Palak Tofu (Vegan and Gluten-free!)

Pureed spinach leaves & paneer cubes or tofu, sautéed with onions, ginger, & green chilies.

Baingain Bharta (Vegan and Gluten-free!)

A puree of tandoor baked eggplants sautéed with onions, fresh tomatoes, ginger, & green chilies.

Gobi Frankie

Cauliflower & potatoes sautéed with tomato, ginger, green chili & spices, stuffed in a homemade egg-washed tortilla with two chutneys & marinated fresh onions. Served with raita.

Masala Dosa (Gluten-free and Vegan option available!)

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A South Indian crispy crepe made with rice and lentil flour, filled with spiced potatoes and served with sambar & coconut chutney.

Paneer is an added highlight to any veggie lover’s dish, as a filling and tasty component, whether it be in an entree or appetizer. We take pride in making our paneer fresh, in the restaurant, and never, ever buy it pre-made. We’d like to know what you think... what are your favorite vegetarian dishes from our menu? Did any dish catch your eye? For the best vegetarian food in Pasadena and best vegetarian options in Glendale, look no further than All India Cafe!

Vegans Love All India Cafe

We are proud to serve food that caters to everyone -- meat lovers, vegetarians, those who are gluten-free, and vegans, too! While most of our appetizers and entrees can be made vegan or vegetarian, some of our dishes are naturally free of animal products already. We will always happily tailor our food to your dietary preferences and needs, just ask! 

Our friend behind the incredibly popular Instagram account, @LosVegangeles visited our Glendale location recently for their favorite vegan lunch: Tofu Tikka Masala! Don't forget that you can ask to have this as part of our popular lunch special!

Photo taken by @LosVegangeles

Photo taken by @LosVegangeles

Another very popular Instagrammer, @veganvixenla, recently came to our Pasadena location for her perfect rainy day vegan lunch: Tofu Tikka Masala, Gobi Aloo, and Chapati! "This was the first place I had ever tried Indian food over a decade ago, and I'm so happy that they now advertise having several vegan options on their menu!"

Photo taken by @veganvixenla

Photo taken by @veganvixenla

Want to order something new the next time you choose vegan options at All India? Here are some suggestions:

Vegetable of the Day

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Palak Aloo (Gluten-free!)

Pureed spinach leaves & bite-size potatoes, sautéed with onions, ginger, green chilies & spices.

Daal of the Day (Gluten-free!

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Kabuli Cholay (Gluten-free!)

Indian chickpeas prepared in the Punjabi style with onions, ginger and tomatoes.

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Gobi Aloo (Gluten-free!)

Cauliflower & potatoes sautéed with tomatoes, ginger, green chili, ground coriander, turmeric & cumin seeds.

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What are your favorite vegan options from our menu? What are you dying to try? For the best vegan food in Pasadena and the best vegan options in Glendale, look no further than your favorite - All India Cafe!




For The Lassi Lover

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While many think of mango as the flavor of all lassis, there are actually other varieties that are very popular in their own right. At All India Cafe in Pasadena and Glendale, we serve mango lassi, sweet lassi, and masala lassi. Here's a breakdown...

Our sweet lassis infuse homemade yogurt with rosewater, but other varieties can include fruit juices like strawberry or lemon instead of rosewater. Saffron lassis are another sweet option -- these are incredibly popular in Rajasthan and Gujarat in India. Then, of course, there is the mango lassi, which is made with mango pulp. Some mango lassis have added sugar, but at All India Cafe, we prefer to serve a healthy, natural variety and keep our offerings free of unnecessary sugar by using fresh mangoes that are sweet enough on their own. 

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The masala lassi is mildly spiced, and is an example of traditional lassis that are mild and/or salty. These are also made with our housemade yogurt. Traditionally, lassis are a savory drink -- a simple and refreshing blend of yogurt, water, and spices, which can include cumin.

Lassis have always been most popular eaten with lunch, but can truly be part of any meal. The yogurt is an excellent source of probiotics and healthy bacteria for your gut, which can alleviate many stomach issues. Adding turmeric to one's lassi is an ancient folk remedy for gastroenteritis (also known as the stomach flu). Turmeric combats inflammation, so this remedy is certainly one that can be relied on!

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What is your favorite kind of lassi to order with your All India Cafe lunch or dinner? If you're not a fan of lassis, what is your go-to drink with Indian food?

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Our Family Favorites

Everyone has their favorites... here are ours:

Pawandeep: Paneer Jalfrezi

This classic dish features an assortment of mixed vegetables in a very savory yellow curry sauce  made with coconut milk. The Paneer (Indian cheese) is an addition; we also offer Tofu, Fish, Lamb, or Chicken. 

All India Cafe's Paneer is unique in that we make it fresh, in the restaurant, and never, ever buy it pre-made.

Suneha: Masala Dosa

This South Indian specialty is a crispy crepe made with rice and lentil flour, and filled with spiced potatoes. It's always served with sambar & coconut chutney for an unforgettable flavor.

Harsimran: Fish Tikka (Salmon)

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Mildly marinated fresh fish of the day served with tomatoes & onions. A protein-packed, Omega-3 rich delight.

Parminder: Saag Paneer & Shahi Paneer

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Some customers love to add chicken, lamb, shrimp, or tofu to our Saag (spinach) Paneer. Our Shahi Paneer is a very creamy sauce, made completely from scratch. We cook the Paneer with freshly peeled tomatoes, and our homemade, fresh ginger & garlic paste for hours to get the amazing taste you know and love. (Shown above with tofu)

Santokh: Tandoori Platter

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Sizzling chicken (tikka & tandoori) sheesh kebab & boti kebab, with naan. What more could you ask for?!

What is your go-to dish on our menu that you never stray from? 

 

How To Include Indian Food In Your Detox

We are no stranger to craving foods that are rich in flavor as well as nutrients, that also won't make us gain weight. We want to have it all (like the entire plate!) -- and this is entirely possible when it comes to Indian cuisine. It's simply not necessary to dodge your go-to dishes to turn to "traditional" detox foods like juices. When you're looking to debloat and maximize your nutrient intake, look to none other than the following dishes from our menu... These below options in particular are incredible for maintaining a healthy weight, giving your metabolism the nudge you desire, and packing an incredibly healthy punch into a satisfying, mouthwatering meal...

Salmon Fish Salad

Salmon Fish Salad

Vegetarian Salad

Vegetarian Salad

Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Shrimp

Tandoori Shrimp

Lamb Boti Kebab

Lamb Boti Kebab

Vegetable of the Day

Vegetable of the Day

Cauliflower

Cauliflower

Dal of the Day

Dal of the Day

Kabuli Cholay

Kabuli Cholay

Mixed Vegetable

Mixed Vegetable

Our menu has many, many additional options that are equally as light -- what are some of your favorites?

Health Is Wealth: The Spices in our Foods

At All India Cafe, we pride ourselves on serving our customers the finest Indian food, made fresh with the highest quality ingredients possible. We care that our cuisine is delicious and full of robust flavors that are hard to find elsewhere; equally as important to us is our promise to prepare food that is nutritious and has a myriad of health benefits. We care about our customers' well-being and are proud to have created a menu that is flavorful and hard to resist -- yet also incredibly good for you! Our Health Is Wealth blog series will explore the many health benefits that our menu boasts.

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The rainbow of spices present in our food each offer their own unique and countless health benefits. Read on below as we explore some of our favorites...

Ginger

  • boosts immunity
  • anti-nausea remedy (great for morning sickness!)
  • motion sickness remedy (dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and cold sweating)
  • anti-inflammatory effects (proven helpful for Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis)
  • protects against colorectal and ovarian cancer

Cardamom

  • combats digestive issues (bloating, gas, heartburn, constipation, and loss of appetite)
  • promotes detoxification through the kidneys
  • antiseptic & antimicrobial; prevents infection and heals the gums and teeth

Clove

  • helps to control blood sugar levels
  • protects the liver from infection
  • relieves pain and inflammation
  • aids in curing Gingivitis and Periodontitis 
  • preserves bone density

Cinnamon

  • incredibly antioxidant-rich; ranks as having the 7th highest amount of antioxidants of all foods in the world
  • relieves swelling and inflammation (great for muscle soreness, PMS, allergic reactions, and age-related pain)
  • heart-healthy; reduces common heart disease risk factors (high cholesterol levels, high triglyceride levels, and high blood pressure) 
  • fights Diabetes; improve sensitivity to insulin and helps to keep blood sugar levels balanced
  • promotes excellent brain function and fights cognitive decline
  • can help to prevent or cure Candida

Turmeric

  • extremely antioxidant-rich and anti-inflammatory in effect
  • has been linked to higher brain capacities and a lower risk for brain diseases
  • reduces the risk of heart disease
  • can help to prevent and possibly treat cancer
  • can be useful in helping to prevent and treat Alzheimer's 
  • is a natural anti-depressant

Fennel Seed

  • increases breast milk production
  • helps to lessen bloating, gas, and indigestion
  • relieves Colic pain in newborns and helps with their digestion
  • helps to treat loss of appetite

Cumin

  • eliminated phlegm and mucus
  • acts as a natural laxative
  • reduces the chances of Hypoglycemia, thus preventing Diabetes
  • reduces Anemia symptoms like fatigue and digestive issues
  • removes toxins from the body and helps to prevent colon cancer
  • boosts immunity and fights viral infections
  • maintains healthy skin and prevents premature aging

Coriander

  • decreases blood pressure and lowers blood sugar
  • improves cholesterol levels
  • promotes healthy menstrual functions
  • helps to fight food poisoning and urinary tract infections

Mint

  • supports healthy cholesterol levels
  • improves fat digestion; can decrease bloating

Nutmeg

  • acts as a detoxifying tonic to cleanse the kidney and liver
  • promotes healthy skin; great for smoothing skin and for purifying breakout-prone skin
  • can help to induce sleep

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