1 Chicken Handi at New Sind Punjab, Dhs16
Served with fresh chunks of tomato and green chilli juliennes in a spicy, fragrant sauce. Mop up the tender chicken handi with a tandoori onion kulcha for Punjabi perfection.
Karama (04 337 5535). Taxi: behind Karama fish market. Open daily 8am-1am
2 Chapati Masala and Kuruma at Sangheeta, Dhs55
Look beyond the canteen-style dining at Sangheeta and you’ll find a sensational chapati masala – flatbread wrapped around potato. Dip into the coconut-infused kuruma sauce and your mouth will water in anticipation of the meal ahead.
Karama (04 336 7111). Taxi: opp LuLu Centre. Open daily 7.30am-3.30pm, 5pm-11pm
3 Mutton Biryani at Karachi Darbar, Dhs12
We never knew rice could be so fluffy, mutton so flavourful and biryani so transcendent. Yet the mutton biryani at Karachi Darbar is all of these things.
Deira (04 222 2244). Taxi: near Fish Roundabout. Open daily 11.30am-1am. Other locations: Karama (04 334 7272); Bur Dubai (04 353 3177)
4 Chilli Milli Paratha at Paratha King, Dhs6
Served up at the much-loved Paratha King, everything this smokin’ stuffed bread touches bursts into flames (or that’s what it feels like). Once the heat’s died down, the assortment of chillies has a divine flavour. Well worth trying… if you’re brave.
Karama (04 397 9110). Taxi: next to Baskin Robbins. Open daily 5pm-11pm
5 Fish Mango Curry at Calicut Paragun, Dhs18
Soft, fluffy chunks of hammour coated in gravy pack a fiery punch. We haven’t scoffed curry this good since we were in the Subcontinent.
Karama (04 335 8700). Taxi: opp Lulu Centre. Open daily 11.30am-4pm, 7.30pm-12.30am
6 Nizam's Treat at Amarathi, Dhs24
Anything served on a massive banana leaf is sure to delight. Add to that an assortment of authentic curries, biryani and chapati, and you’re guaranteed a winner. Plus, this king’s feast bears a pauper’s price tag, and we like that.
Karama, Trade Centre Road, near ADCB Bank (04 337 7077). Open daily 7.30am- 3pm, 7pm-11.30pm
7 Night Meals Thali at Aryaas, Dhs5
Thali offers a curry assortment for those who can’t make up their minds. Served on a silver plate, Aryaas’s version doesn’t have the added preservatives of many of its brethren.
Al Nakheel building (04 335 5776). Taxi: opp LuLu Centre. Open daily 5.30pm-midnight
8 Korma Asmani at Kamat, Dhs18
Fresh, tasty vegetables are served in a simmering sauce of spinach and cashew gravy. Scoop it up with naan sprinkled in chopped mint leaves and garlic.
Port Rashid Road (04 359 5441). Taxi: opp Al Rafa Hospital. Open daily 10.30am- 3.15pm, 7pm-11.45pm
9 Masala Papads at Gazebo, Dhs4
For an appetiser, you won’t find better than these tomato- and channa- (aka chickpea) stuffed wafers. Basted in a fruity tamarind paste, they crumble in your mouth. In a word? Irresistible.
Bur Dubai (04 397 9930). Taxi: near Dhow Palace Hotel. Open daily noon- 3.15pm, 7pm-11.30pm
10 Butter Paneer Aappam at Aappa Kadai, Dhs4
The aappam, a pancake presented as an inverted dome, is revered at this tiny eatery, which is, after all, named after it. We love the butter paneer variety, which feels so good while being so very, very bad.
Karama (04 334 8030). Taxi: opp Lulu Centre. Open daily 11.30am-3.30pm, 6.30pm-midnight