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    Desi Dhaba

    4.7 (72 ratings) • Indian • $$
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    401 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
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    $$ • Indian • Indian Curry • Group Friendly
    • Picked for you
      • Chana Masala
        Whole chickpeas cooked with onions, tomatoes, and spices.
      • Mattar Paneer
        Homemade cottage cheese cooked with tender garden peas, tomatoes, and fresh spices.
      • Chicken Vindaloo
        Boneless chicken cooked with potatoes, tomatoes, and vinegar. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
    • Appetizers
        • Vegetarian Platter
          A combination of vegetarian appetizers. Includes samosa, pakora, and aloo tikki.
        • Dhaba Platter
          A combination of vegetarian and non-vegetarian appetizers.
        • Vegetable Samosa
          Two turnovers stuffed with diced green peas, potatoes, and mild spices.
        • Meat Samosa
          Two spicy turnovers stuffed with minced ground lamb, green peas, and spices.
        • Vegetable Pakora
          Five pieces. Freshly marinated vegetables deep-fried with chickpea batter.
        • Punjabi Tikki
          Four spicy potato patties served with tamarind sauce.
        • Paneer Pakora
          Four pieces. Homemade cottage cheese marinated in chickpea batter, then deep-fried.
        • Fish Pakora
          Five pieces. Sliced fish marinated in a mixture of yogurt, spices, lime juice, and chickpea batter, then deep-fried.
        • Chicken Pakora
          Eight chicken drumsticks spiced and marinated in chickpea batter, then fried.
        • Chicken Tikka
          Tender boneless chicken breast pieces marinated in yogurt and spices, then barbecued.
        • Non-Vegetarian Platter
          Two lamb samosas and four chicken pakoras.
        • Madras Fried Shrimp
          Large shrimp marinated in mild spices, tomato puree, bell peppers, and onions, then fried. Served with poori.
      • Soups and Salads
          • Chicken Soup
            Boneless chicken with Indian spices and herbs.
          • Fresh Tomato Soup
            A fresh tomato soup with Indian herbs and spices.
          • Vegetable Soup
            Spicy hot lentil soup with vegetables and spices.
          • Coconut Soup
            Shredded coconut with milk and nuts.
          • Dhaba Salad
            Chopped cucumber, tomatoes, green chili, and coriander leaves tossed in raita.
          • Desi Salad
            Fresh cucumber, carrots, tomatoes, and lettuce garnished with cilantro.
        • Chaat Bhandar
            • Wada Sambar
              A savory doughnut deep-fried with spices, then soaked in sambar.
            • Dahi Bhalia
              Soft lentil patties soaked in spicy yogurt, then garnished with roasted cumin and tamarind sauce.
            • Aloo Chat
              Spicy chaat made of potatoes and chickpeas. Garnished with lemon, tamarind sauce, and fresh mint.
            • Bhel Poori
              A mix of crisp noodles and rice puffs, topped with minced potatoes and onions. Infused with tamarind and mint sauce.
            • Dahi Sev Poori
              Lentil crisps and cubes of potatoes covered with fresh whipped yogurt and tamarind sauce.
            • Papri Chaat
              Spiced potatoes with fried wheat wafers, garnished with yogurt and tamarind sauce.
            • Paani Poori
              Eight bite-sized puffy poories served with spicy mint water, diced potatoes, beans, and tamarind sauce.
          • Dosa Specialties
              • Plain Dosa
                A very thin crispy crepe made of rice and lentils.
              • Masala Dosa
                A thin crispy crepe made of rice and lentils, stuffed with potatoes and onions.
              • Mysore Masala Dosa
                A very thin crispy crepe made of rice and lentils, stuffed with minced lamb, potatoes, and onions.
              • Chicken Dosa
                A very thin crispy crepe made of rice and lentils, stuffed with chicken, potatoes, and onions.
              • Lamb Dosa
                A very thin crispy crepe made of rice and lentils, stuffed with minced lamb, potatoes, and onions.
              • Uttapam Vegetable
                Rice and lentil pancakes, topped with tomatoes, onions, green peas, green peppers, and cilantro.
              • Onion Green Chili Uttapam
                Rice and lentil pancake, topped with green Thai chilies, onions, and fresh cilantro.
            • Tandoor Delights
                • Chicken Tandoori
                  Chicken with bone, marinated overnight in yogurt and spices. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                • Chicken Tikka Kabab
                  Boneless tender chicken pieces, marinated in yogurt and spices. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                • Seekh Kabab
                  Sliced lamb, seasoned with chopped onions, herbs, and spices. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                • Boti Tikka Kabab
                  Lean cubes of boneless lamb, marinated in a blend of homemade herbs and spices. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                • Tandoori Salmon
                  Pieces of salmon, marinated in yogurt and spices. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                • Tandoori Shrimp
                  Fresh jumbo shrimp, marinated in spiced yogurt. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                • Tandoori Mixed Grill
                  A combination platter consisting of chicken tandoori, chicken tikka, lamb tikka kabab, seekh kabab, and tandoori shrimp. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                • Paneer Tikka
                  Homemade cottage cheese marinated with spices, skewered and barbecued with onions, tomato, and capsicum in tandoori. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
              • Vegetarian Specialties
                • Dal Makhani
                  Black lentils cooked on slow heat, sauteed with fresh ginger, garlic, onions, tomatoes, and spices.
                • Chana Masala
                  Whole chickpeas cooked with onions, tomatoes, and spices.
                • Navrattan Makhani
                  Nine fresh vegetables sauteed with ginger, garlic, onions, and spices.
                • Mattar Paneer
                  Homemade cottage cheese cooked with tender garden peas, tomatoes, and fresh spices.
                • Baingan Bhartha
                  Fresh eggplants roasted on an open flame, sauteed with fresh ginger, garlic, onions, and spices.
                • Mushroom Saag
                  Chopped spinach cooked with fresh mushrooms, cream, herbs, and spices.
                • Shahi Paneer (Vegetarian)
                  Homemade cottage cheese sauteed with fresh ginger and garlic. Cooked in tomato sauce, then garnished with nuts and raisins.
                • Chili Paneer
                  Homemade cheese sauteed with ginger, garlic, and a julienne of green chilies in soy sauce.
                • Vegetable Jalfrazi
                  Fresh vegetables cooked with paneer, super hot tomato, onions, and sauce.
                • Tarka Daal
                  Yellow lentil puree mixed with fresh herbs and seasoning.
              • Seafood Specialties
                  • Fish Vindaloo
                    Salmon cooked with potatoes in tomato sauce and vinegar. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                    Spicy
                  • Fish Masala
                    Salmon cooked in a creamy tomato sauce with herbs. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                  • Shrimp Curry
                    Shrimp cooked in blended spices. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                  • Shrimp Masala
                    Marinated shrimp cooked with tandoori spices. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                  • Shrimp Saag
                    Fresh shrimp cooked with spinach and freshly ground spices. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                  • Shrimp Vindaloo
                    Shrimp cooked with potatoes in a hot sauce made of tomatoes, onions, and spices. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                  • Shrimp Bhuna
                    Roasted shrimp with ginger, garlic, and spices. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                  • Shrimp Mushroom
                    Shrimp cooked with mushrooms in a mildly spiced cream. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                  • Goa Shrimp Curry
                    Shrimp cooked in a traditional Goa curry sauce. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                • Chicken Specialties
                    • Chicken Tikka Masala
                      Tandoori baked boneless chicken breast pieces, cooked with tomato sauce. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                    • Chicken Curry
                      Boneless chicken cooked in a traditional curry sauce. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                    • Chicken Korma
                      Chicken cooked with exotic spices and nuts in a mild creamy sauce. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                    • Chicken Vindaloo
                      Boneless chicken cooked with potatoes, tomatoes, and vinegar. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                      Spicy
                    • Chicken Saag
                      Spiced chicken pieces cooked with fresh spinach, herbs, and spices. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                    • Chicken Jalfrazi
                      Boneless chicken pieces cooked with tomatoes, peas, peppers, onions, and Indian spices. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                    • Chicken Mango
                      Boneless chicken cooked with mango sauce and broccoli. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                    • Chicken Makhni
                      Tandoori chicken cooked in a cream, tomato, and fresh herb sauce. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                    • Chicken Mushroom
                      Boneless chicken cooked with mushrooms, exotic herbs, and spices. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                    • Chicken Tikka Saag
                      Tender chicken pieces marinated in a spicy yogurt, cooked with spinach and light cream. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                    • Chicken Chili
                      Boneless chicken sauteed with tomatoes and exotic spices. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                    • Chicken Do Piaza
                      White meat marinated in sauce, sauteed with onions in red curry sauce. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                    • Chicken Coconut Korma
                      Chicken cooked with cream of coconut and traditional Goa spices. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                  • Lamb Specialties
                      • Lamb Curry
                        Tender lamb cubes cooked in a traditional curry sauce. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                      • Lamb Korma
                        Pieces of boneless lamb cooked in a light sauce with mild spices, herbs, and nuts. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                      • Lamb Vindaloo
                        Lamb cooked with potatoes in a tomato sauce and vinegar. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                        Spicy
                      • Lamb Rogan Josh
                        Tender pieces of lamb cooked in traditional spices with saffron and yogurt. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                      • Keema Mutter
                        Ground lamb and peas cooked with spices. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                      • Lamb Saag
                        Spiced tender lamb pieces cooked with spinach. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                      • Lamb Karahi
                        Tender lamb cubes sauteed with fresh ginger, onions, peppers, tomatoes, and a combination of spices. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                      • Lamb Boti Kabab Masala
                        Tender cubes of tandoori kabab sauteed in spices and herbs. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                    • Goat Meat Specialties
                        • Goat Curry
                          Chunks of goat meat cooked in a traditional Indian sauce. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                        • Goat Korma
                          Goat meat cooked in an almond and cream sauce. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                        • Goat Jalfrazi
                          Tender goat meat cooked with vegetables, fresh herbs, and spices. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                        • Goat Rogan Josh
                          Tender pieces of goat meat cooked in traditional spices with saffron and yogurt. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                      • Beef Specialties
                          • Beef Curry
                            Tender Beef cubes cooked in a traditional curry sauce. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice
                          • Beef Korma
                            Pieces of boneless beef cooked in a light sauce with mild spices, herbs, and nuts. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                          • Beef Vindaloo
                            Beef cooked with potatoes in a tomato sauce and vinegar. Served with saffron-flavored basmati rice.
                        • Rice Specialties
                            • Vegetable Biryani
                              Indian rice cooked with fresh vegetables, nuts, raisins, herbs, and exotic spices.
                            • Chicken Biryani
                              Chicken cooked with basmati rice, nuts, raisins, and ginger.
                            • Lamb Biryani
                              Lamb pieces cooked with rice and spices, garnished with nuts.
                            • Shrimp Biryani
                              Jumbo shrimp cooked with basmati rice, nuts, raisins, and spices.
                            • Goat Biryani
                              Goat meat cooked with basmati rice, traditional spices, and garnished with nuts and raisins.
                            • Dhaba Special Biryani
                              Chicken, lamb, and shrimp cooked with basmati rice. Garnished with nuts and raisins.
                            • Heer Ranjha Biryani
                              Serves two. Basmati rice cooked with chicken, lamb, shrimp, vegetables, and spices.
                            • Peas Pulao
                              Indian rice cooked with fresh green peas, fresh herbs, and spices.
                            • Basmati Rice
                              Plain basmati steamed rice.
                          • Dhaba Special Dinner
                              • Vegetarian Thali
                                Vegetarian dinner served with palak paneer, tadka daal, aloo chole, poori, basmati rice, and the dessert of the day.
                              • Non-Vegetarian Thali
                                Non-vegetarian dinner served in a thali with tandoori chicken, seekh kabab, lamb curry, daal, basmati rice, naan, raita, and the dessert of the day.
                              • Dhaba Special Meat Thali
                                Non-vegetarian dinner served in a thali with samosa, tandoori chicken, chicken tikka masala, lamb curry, basmati rice, naan, and the dessert of the day.
                            • Indian Bread
                              • Naan
                                Unleavened white bread baked in a tandoor.
                              • Tandoori Roti
                                Whole wheat leavened bread baked in a tandoor.
                              • Onion Naan
                                Naan bread stuffed with minced onions and spices, baked in a tandoor.
                              • Aloo Naan
                                Unleavened bread stuffed with spicy mashed potatoes and baked in a tandoor.
                              • Peshawari Naan
                                Unleavened white bread stuffed with almonds, cashew, raisins, coconut, and honey. Baked in a clay oven.
                              • Keema Naan
                                Unleavened white bread stuffed with minced lamb and green peas.
                              • Chapati
                                Whole wheat dried bread baked on the grill.
                              • Paratha
                                Whole wheat multi-layered buttered bread.
                              • Aloo Paratha
                                Stuffed with mashed potatoes, peas, and spices. Grilled with butter.for 7 to 8 people
                              • Keema Paratha
                                Stuffed with spiced ground lamb and cooked on the grill.
                              • Mix Paratha
                                Whole wheat bread stuffed with mixed vegetables and grilled with ghee.
                              • Mint Paratha
                                Wheat bread topped with dry mint and spices, grilled with butter.
                              • Poori
                                Two pieces. Crispy, deep-fried puffy whole wheat bread.
                              • Small Bread Basket
                                An assortment of our two popular breads.
                              • Large Bread Basket
                                An assortment of our three popular breads.
                              • Chicken Naan
                                Unleavened white bread stuffed with chicken pieces, fresh herbs, and spices.
                            • Condiments
                              • Desi Dhaba Special
                                  • Chicken Karahi
                                    Boneless chicken sauteed with fresh ginger, onion, peppers, tomato sauce, and a combination of spices.
                                  • Lamb Madras
                                    Lamb cooked with tomato sauce, fresh ginger, and blended spices.
                                    Spicy
                                  • Shrimp Chili
                                    Fresh shrimp cooked with ginger, garlic, and a julienne of green chilies in soy sauce.
                                  • Goat Curry Punjabi
                                    Tender goat meat cooked Punjabi style with traditional herbs and spices.
                                  • Mix Vegetable Tandoori
                                    A combination of homemade cheese and various fresh vegetables, barbecued with capsicum in a tandoori oven.
                                  • Diet Bread Basket
                                    Whole wheat bread cooked in a tandoori oven and tawa roti. Two chapati and two tandoori.
                                  • Tabahi Naan
                                    Bread stuffed with mixed vegetables and spices.
                                  • Chana Bhatura
                                    Whole chickpeas cooked with onions, tomatoes, and spices. Served with bhatura.
                                • Desserts
                                    • Gulab Jamun
                                      Two pieces. Deep-fried cheese balls dipped in a sugary syrup with flavored rose water.
                                    • Kheer
                                      Rice pudding with raisins and almonds, flavored with cardamom.
                                    • Badami Kulfi
                                      Homemade ice cream with almonds and raisins.
                                    • Mango Kulfi
                                      Homemade ice cream garnished with alphonso mango pulp.
                                    • Vanilla Ice Cream
                                  • Beverages
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