Gandhi Mahal in Longfellow, Minneapolis

Katie Cannon / Heavy Table

Katie Cannon / Heavy Table

Minneapolis-St. Paul has long been a relative desert for fans of the creamy, deeply spiced cuisine typical of parts of northern India — there’s been a real lack of the food known as “Mughal,” after the 16th Century Mongol conquerors who once controled most of the modern-day Indian state. Gandhi Mahal brings Mughal comfort food to the Longfellow neighborhood with a vengeance, offering rich curries, fried appetizers and a novel lassi bar that includes sweet, salty, Badami (almond and pistachio flavored) and the more familiar mango version of the yogurt-based soft drink.

Katie Cannon / Heavy Table

Katie Cannon / Heavy Table

Decor is exotic and tasteful, service is warm, friendly and efficient, and the value is excellent.

BEST BET: The silken, deeply spiced and pleasantly sweet Shahi King Korma is emblematic of the best Gandhi Mahal has to offer.

Gandhi Mahal
Indian in Longfellow, Minneapolis
3009 27th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406
OWNER: Arshad Rahman
Daily 11:30am-10pm
BAR: Lassis Only
($10 Avg.)

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  1. Carla Januska 02/19/2009 Reply

    I agree with your best bet. The Shahi King Korma is outstanding and we order it every chance we get. Gandhi Mahal is our favorite Indian restaurant in Minneapolis. Go there.

  2. Gandhi Mahal fan 05/19/2010 Reply

    Updates and Corrections about Gandhi Mahal:

    Owner: Ruhel Islam

    Bar: a very good selection of beer (micro and macro breweries including local to Indian) and a nice wine list to choose from.

    Live music: Wed thru Sun evenings including Sitar and Tabla on Fri and Sat

    Take out/delivery available

    Gift Certificates also available

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