Diamond in the Rough

OKC’s Sheesh Mahal may not look like the Taj outside, but behind its doors lies a culinary gem.

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Photo by Brent Fuchs.

If you haven’t been to Sheesh Mahal before, it’s OK – more food for us.

This easy-to-overlook eatery on North May Avenue in Oklahoma City is a treasure trove of reasonably priced halal Indian and Pakistani delicacies. While familiar dishes like chicken tikka masala and pakora are available, the restaurant also is home to a wide variety of harder-to-find (and trust us, more delicious) offerings like spicy goat curry, mutton korma with onions and garlic, and myriad selections of made-from-scratch naan.

As with much of this regional fare, there are plenty of vegetarian options, like the chana palao (basmati with chickpeas) and biryani with a heap of fiery spices and veggies. The butter chicken with spicy basmati will make you wonder why you ever had a single meal anywhere else but here and pairs perfectly with the garlic naan. And forget ever ordering chai at Starbucks again; Sheesh Mahal’s homemade version is divine and comes at a mere $1.25.

On nice evenings, enjoy the comfortable patio or, if you’re in a hurry, grab a meal to go. Whatever your fancy, the stellar staff will accommodate.

Sheesh Mahal, at 4621 N. May Ave. in Oklahoma City, is open seven days a week.

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