Diwali—the Hindu festival of lights—is celebrated with tributes to the goddess Lakshmi, parties, lighting of candles and lamps, fireworks, exchanging gifts, and, of course, plenty of food!
Sharing mithai, or sweets, is a key part of the holiday. So, if you are using Diwali as an (excellent) reason to order some of your favourite Indian food, be sure to include desserts like gulab jamun, kheer, rasmalai, halwa, and kulfi. Here are seven great Indian restaurants on Uber Eats across Canada that’ll bring the Diwali feast to your doorstep.
Leela Indian Food Bar, Toronto
Toronto’s Modern Indian Leela Indian Food Bar offers a wide range of traditional and creative fare, including biryanis, curries, grilled lamb, prawns, and chicken, and street food such as chat and eggplant fries. Popular picks include butter chicken topped with melon seeds and green chilis, and lasooni cauliflower with sesame seeds. If you’re looking to bust out of your chicken tikka masala rut, you’ll love sampling the complex curries, such as masala lime fish or shrimp malai curry.
Davie Dosa Company, Greater Vancouver
Davie Dosa Company in Vancouver specializes in—you guessed it—dosas, so your order should include at least one of their specialty dosas. It won’t be hard to find one to suit your tastet, since Davie Dosa Company serves more than twenty varieties of dosa, from plain to simple onion, or masala dosas to a curried cottage cheese dosa, along with unique creations like the Cajun chicken dosa. If you’d like to mix things up, there’s also vegetable, meat, and seafood curries, biryanis, and a few surprises, like chicken quesadillas and a Caesar salad.
Montreal’s Spicebros specializes in a classic Indian street food: the frankie sandwich. At Spricebros, the frankies come stuffed with a choice of protein—tandoori chicken, chickpea masala, and Bombay fish are a few of the options. Then, they add coleslaw, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, green peppers, and optional add-ons like corn, pickles, and banana peppers. This is all enhanced with your choice of sauce, including Wu-Tangy Mayo, apple-mint, and XXX Scorpion. If sandwiches aren’t your thing, try a Bro Bowl, which come with the same choices of proteins, plus a similar selection of mix-ins.
Rajdoot Restaurant, Calgary
Calgary’s long-standing restaurant Rajdoot specializes in East Indian cuisine, showcased in dishes like their vibrant fish curries. They also feature dishes from other parts of India and South Asia, including spicy Goan vindaloo, which you can order with chicken, beef, lamb, or prawns. Other tempting options include the goat in a ginger and tomato sauce, as well as the house special Rajdoot Invitation Azamani—a buttery, brandy-spiked chicken dish with sliced mango. Desserts include kheer, rasmalai, and gulab jamun.
Little India, Edmonton
Edmonton’s Little India has two menus—one with classic Indian dishes and another with Indo-Chinese fare—and we highly recommend exploring both! Popular picks on the Indian menu include hariyali paneer tikka (grilled paneer with bell peppers and onions with green masala), fish pakora, and aloo gobi. Head to the Indo-Chinese menu for dishes like Hakka noodles, Szechuan chicken, and Manchurian vegetables. To drink, try a sweet or salty mango shake or lassi, and finish your meal with a classic Indian dessert like rasmalai.
Udupi Palace, Toronto
Udupi Palace in Toronto has all the South Indian classics, including dosas (lentil and rice crêpes), uttapam (savory pancakes), idli (rice and lentil patties), vada (savory lentil doughnuts), and a large selection of chaats. Everything on the menu is vegetarian and there are many vegan options, such as the popular chana bhatura, too. Feeling indecisive? Get the South Indian thali for two, with two vegetables, dal, rasam, sambar, rice, chapati, yogurt, pickle, papad, and dessert. And speaking of dessert, there are many delicious options to choose from, including rasmalai, carrot halwa, and kulfi.
Taj Indian Cuisine, Ottawa
Ottawa’s Taj Indian Cuisine has been dishing out its delectable North Indian fare since 1987. Popular dishes include matar paneer, butter chicken, beef bhuna, and onion bhaji. When the temperature drops, warm up with one of Taj’s soups, such as mulligatawny with chicken and lentils. Lamb and beef lovers have multiple curries, tandoori dishes, and biryanis to choose from, but there’s plenty for vegetarians too. Carb fans will be drawn to the wide selection of breads, including gluten-free besan roti (made with chickpea flour) and Peshwari naan. For dessert, have some rice pudding with pistachios and almonds.
When it comes to Diwali or any day you’re in the mood for an Indian feast, Uber Eats has you covered. Don’t forget to light a few candles and lamps before you dig in!