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Comforting Indian and Pakistani Dishes to Get Delivered for When You've Had a Bad Day and Need a Big Culinary Hug

Curry cuddles are a thing, you guys.
By Tamsin Salfrais
August 05, 2021
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By Tamsin Salfrais
August 05, 2021
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COMFORTING INDIAN AND PAKISTANI DISHES TO GET DELIVERED FOR WHEN YOU'VE HAD A BAD DAY AND NEED A BIG CULINARY HUG

Curry cuddles are a thing, you guys.

After a long, hard day, the last thing you want to do is cook. So many ingredients and so many measurements to contend with. Then comes the boiling pot, the whirring of the extractor fan, the mess — it's all too much.

There is something super comforting about Indian and Pakistani cuisine — between the nourishing ingredients, creaminess and tantalising spice, it's the perfect remedy to a bad day.

Thankfully, you can get heart- and stomach-warming South Asian dishes delivered straight to your sofa. The only effort required on your part is to decide what to order, get some cutlery ready and put some pants on before you answer the door.

Here, we'll get you started on the first part by suggesting some top-notch dishes from reliable, family-run restaurants all across Sydney. You're on your own with the pants though.

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    Turning tradition on its head is this Surry Hills restaurant’s thing. Don’t Tell Aunty sees the culinary excellence of Jessi Singh, whose restaurants span New York to Melbourne, culminate in innovative food from all corners of India, including street food, cross-regional curries and naan. Influences from other cuisines are also evident in dishes like the Chinese-style cauliflower doused in a sticky tomato chilli sauce, the nachos-like papadi chaat and the kebab with a spiced yoghurt croquette in a vibrant beetroot ginger sauce. It’s the Indian food you love, but with enough of twist you’ll forget all about that shocker of a day you just had.

    Don’t Tell Aunty is available for delivery via UberEats, Deliveroo and DoorDash, as well as delivery and takeaway via its website.

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    Whether it’s been a hard day at the office, or an evening longer than the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Indian Home Diner is the go-to for vibrant flavours from 4pm to late into the evening. The casual diner delivers warming curries, pillowy naans, zingy mash potato (hello, coriander and spicy mint yoghurt sauce) and its signature Indian kebabs. Wrap yourself in the culinary hug of this innovative meal, as cheese, chicken or vegetable curry, in turn, is wrapped in a fluffy naan; it is a firm favourite with diners and packs an explosion of flavour.

    Indian Home Diner is available for delivery via UberEats, Deliveroo and Menulog, as well as delivery and takeaway via its website.

    Image: Kimberley Low

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    If you’re after something a little more adventurous, Chatkazz is an unpretentious vegetarian fast food joint that serves up a whole lot of pizzazz. This greater western Sydney gem will delight all your senses with dosas, steamed rice cakes, urad dal (black lentil) doughnuts and even some Bombay-Chinese-style dishes. Yep, this is fusion street food at its most exciting, with dishes like paneer manchurian (deep-fried cottage cheese balls served in an Indo-Chinese gravy). Even the drinks offering is something to be celebrated: coffee and chai are, of course, on the menu, along with Indian sodas, lassis, juices and mocktails. Kalakhatta Mojito, anyone?

    Chatkazz is available for delivery via UberEats, Deliveroo, DoorDash and Menulog, as well as takeaway via its website.

    Image: Cassandra Hannagan

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    For creative (yet casual) Indian cuisine, Masala Theory has you covered. While still respecting tradition, this Surry Hills spot’s menu also serves to add a fresh spin to Indian food, which should delight even the most travelled of tastebuds. Dishes like the masala fish and chips are inspired, while mango-smoked tandoori lamb chops and the indulgent bunny chow — a hollowed out wholemeal loaf filled with spicy chickpea curry — will have you picking your phone back up to order seconds (and thirds). And the signature curry bombs are a must-order, too. The taste is unrivalled; all dishes are crafted using fresh, healthy, and authentic ingredients.

    Masala Theory is available for delivery via UberEats, DoorDash and Menulog, as well as takeaway via its website.

    Image: Cassandra Hannagan

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    Although the menu spans many regions of the sub-continent, Billu’s Indian Eatery specialises in south Indian cuisine. This includes dishing up dosas stuffed with the filling of your choice, be it potatoes, spicy chicken or cottage cheese. Be sure to order the biryani, too — whether you opt for prawn, vegetables or meat, it’s one not to miss. Nor are the tangy chilli lamb cutlets. For those who have specific dietary requirements, being unable to find a suitable meal can often be frustrating — and, when you’re having a bad day, it’ll only serve to make it worse. Thankfully, Billu’s caters to most dietary requirements, with gluten-free and vegan options all packed with incredible combinations of flavour.

    Billu’s Indian Eatery is available for delivery via UberEats, Deliveroo, DoorDash and Menulog, as well as takeaway via its website.

    Images: Cassandra Hannagan

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    King Street staple Kammadhenu boasts delicious, aromatic dishes in south Indian, Sri Lankan and Malay styles. Whether you crave sweet or spicy, there’s something to suit all palates. Go hard with fiery Malaysian-style fish sambal and mop it up with buttery roti, or opt for Sri Lankan-style kothu roti with egg, chicken, lamb and prawn mixed through.

    The snack game is strong here, too, with vadai (a savoury doughnut), egg bonda (a South Indian delicacy of hard-boiled eggs coated with chickpea batter and deep fried) and pani puri all gracing the menu. Nasi goreng, a Malaysian classic, is the go-to if you’re feeling for something a little less curry-fuelled, but that still packs a punch when it comes to flavour.

    Kammadhenu is available for delivery via UberEats, Deliveroo and Menulog, as well as takeaway via its website.

    Images: Cassandra Hannagan

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    Shaahi Tandoori

    Shaahi Tandoori whips up tasty Pakistani fare, including punchy curries, rice dishes and an array of naans. Fan favourites include the vegetable biryani with raita and the bold malabari chicken. And, to finish, what’s more comforting after a hard day than dessert? Round off your feast with Shaahi Tandoori’s indulgent gulab jamun. If you’re ordering for two, Shaahi Tandoori offers a sizzling selection of meal deals, with samosas, two curries, two plain naans, two servings of rice, pappadum, mint chutney and soft drink. It says it’s for two-to-three people, but after a bad day, we think it sounds more like a challenge for one.

    Shaahi Tandoori is available for delivery via UberEats, Deliveroo and Menulog.

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    Hyderabad House serves up, by its own admission, “a royal feast”. This western Sydney spot specialises in Indian and Indian-Chinese fusion dishes — think hot and sour chicken soup, spicy ginger, garlic and soy prawns and Szechuan fried rice. It’s the type of food that’ll make you feel like you’ve been engulfed in a big cuddle. The signature dish here is biryani, for which Hyderabad House follows the traditional cooking method. This involves sealing the pot’s edges with dough, allowing the steaming meat to cook in its own juices and flavour the rice. The biryani also comes in family-size portions — we won’t judge you for going all out if you need to.

    Hyderabad House is available for delivery via UberEats, Deliveroo, DoorDash and Menulog, as well as delivery and takeaway via its website.

    Image: Cassandra Hannagan

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    Don’t be fooled by its name: Student Biryani’s dishes stand the test of time and are enjoyable years after graduation. We may no longer have the stamina — or the alcohol tolerance — we once had as students, but on those days when you long for an eight-hour seminar instead of being knee-deep in deadlines and client meetings, you can seek solace here. This low-key eatery, which has another outpost in Surry Hills, is part of a hugely popular global chain that began in Pakistan way back in 1969.

    Unsurprisingly, the signature dish here is the biryani, which you can get with a can of drink for just $12, or you can add raita and a salad for an extra $4. If you’re feeding a flock, you can also get a bucket of the stuff to serve ten, plus zarda (sweet rice), two salads, two raita and two 1.25-litre soft drinks, for $90. Elsewhere on the menu, you’ll find traditional Pakistani-style curries — again with serving sizes up to a whopping 2.5 kilograms — alongside whole deep-fried fish and chargha (marinated chicken that is steamed and deep-fried).

    Student Biryani is available for delivery via UberEats, DoorDash and Menulog.

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    From early afternoon to late at night, Maya Da Dhaba dishes up fabulous Indian delicacies. Rediscover your favourite dishes, such as tikka masala or bhuna, or trial some of its signature items, such as a Goan-style fish curry and tandoori chicken. There are a plethora of vegetarian options, too. And not just the standard saag paneer (spinach and homemade cottage cheese) and dal tadka (yellow lentil curry). Branch out and sample the najuk kofta (cottage cheese croquettes, potatoes and cashews) and punjabi baingan (pan-fried baby eggplant with onions, tomato, chilli and coriander). You can also find comfort in side-dish carbs with the assorted bread basket, which is loaded with roti, garlic naan, aloo paratha, cheese naan and kashmiri naan.

    Maya Da Dhaba is available for delivery via UberEats, Deliveroo, DoorDash and Menulog.

    Image: Trent van der Jagt

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Top image: Masala Theory, Cassandra Hannagan

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