Why Indian Cuisine Is Having a Fast-Casual Moment Right Now

October 5, 2016

For decades, classic Indian buffets have dotted the American landscape, making items like chicken tikka masala, samosas, and naan recognizable in households across the country. But “frankly, what people know of Indian food is: It’s greasy, it’s creamy, it makes me sick,” said Aarti Sequeira, cookbook author and host of Food Network’s Aarti Party. “That is the biggest lie about what Indian food really is.”

Indian food in the United States has long been dominated by the first generation of South Asian immigrants opening what New York University food studies associate professor Krishnendu Ray calls “curry houses” — the common