If you’re in downtown Schenectady and craving Indian food, the Taj Mahal is the place to go. The location has been an Indian restaurant for over a dozen plus years but the current owners have been operating it for the last three.
My friends and I visited at lunch time recently and we were greeted warmly by the owner. Little has changed in the décor over the years. There are a few tables as you come in the door. The buffet area is in the back of this first room. Go through a doorway and there are about ten large tables in a second room. There is also a wide screen TV on the wall which plays Indian music videos at a low volume level to entertain you while you eat.
My friends and I availed ourselves of the lunch buffet which at $7.99 included the buffet items, bread and tea.
The buffet consisted of:
Crispy romaine lettuce with cucumbers and red onion
Raita for dressing on your salad
Chicken kadai – chicken braised in a sauce of herbs, spices, bell peppers and
Aloo channa – potatoes and chickpeas cooked with tomatoes and spices
I believe there was another vegetarian dish but I can’t remember what it was or
read the scribble in my notes
The chicken kadai and aloo channa were both on the spicy hot side though that’s the way I like it and thought they were delicious.
So often, tandoori chicken can be on the dry side especially if it sits on a steam table. The tandoori chicken at Taj Mahal was moist and juicy and mildly flavored. It was some of the best tandoori chicken I have ever had.
Taj Mahal is also opened for dinner and serves an array of Indian favorites.
Appetizers such as Samosas, aloo tikki and pakoras are all $3.99
Vegetarian dinners include: Aloo Gobi, Saag Paneer, Vegetable Korma, Baigan Bartha and others – all at $8.99
Tandoori items include: the aforementioned chicken tandoori, lamb sheek kabab, shrimp tandoori and a mixed grill – all at $11.99
For $10.99 you can have your lamb curried, vindalooed, kadai or with spinach
and for $13.99 you can have shrimp curry, vindaloo or a fish fry.
Chicken dishes in ginger sauce, curry, vindaloo, tikka masala or with spinach will set you back $9.99
All these entrees are served with rice.
Don’t forget the wonderful breads, essential to an Indian dinner, in my humble opinion. There are many options from plain naan at $1.99 to Peshawari naan (stuffed with nuts and raisins) at $3.99
Desserts consist of rice pudding, Indian ice cream and Gulab Jamun – cheese balls served in sugar syrup ($2.99)
For Indian food in downtown Schenectady, stop by Taj Mahal.
142 Clinton St. 518-370-3664
Lunch Buffet served Mon-Fri 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Dinner served Mon-Sat 4:00 – 9:00 pm