Indian Delights serves fast-casual, fresh cuisine to Cedar Park restaurant goers

Indian Delights is located in The Depot in Cedar Park. (Sumaiya Malik/Community Impact Newspaper)
Indian Delights is located in The Depot in Cedar Park. (Sumaiya Malik/Community Impact Newspaper)

Indian Delights is located in The Depot in Cedar Park. (Sumaiya Malik/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Patrons can order from the a la carte menu, which features Chettinad chicken curry. (Sumaiya Malik/Community Impact Newspaper)
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One option in the buffet is the biryani, a multistep rice dish the restaurant prepares in smaller batches for better freshness. (Courtesy Indian Delights)
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Indian Delights, a restaurant located next to the historic Austin Steam Train in Cedar Park, brings daily Indian cuisine to its repeat clientele.

It is known to cook foods in smaller batches and sometimes twice a day to provide only the freshest food to the table. Offering takeout and delivery through Uber Eats and the like, the restaurant celebrated its first birthday earlier this month.

“It’s the go-to place for people for Indian food,” said Jagan Munagala, a co-owner of the restaurant who is a foodie and has been cooking since his high school days.

Located in The Depot in Cedar Park, Indian Delights opened in May 2021, when COVID-19 numbers were high, but business kept growing.

Munagala said Indian food is becoming more popular with the local population. About 60% of customers have ties to South Asia.


Owned by three partners, the business is geared to provide South Indian and North Indian cuisines, and patrons can opt for the buffet or order from the a la carte menu.

Chicken tikka masala, butter chicken, malai kofta and biryani are popular items on the menu. All meat dishes are halal with meat sourced locally from Halal Stop Shop in South Austin. Munagala said he also hopes to expand the menu with more variety.

During the week, the restaurant offers specials such as Chaat Night on Wednesdays and Dosa Night on Thursdays.

Chaat is a savory dish filled with potato, onion, chickpea and cilantro, and dosa are crisp pancakes made from rice flour and featuring different fillings.

Munagala said he focuses on freshness, and even items such as biryani, a multistep rice dish, are prepared in small batches twice a day.

The owners, who had hoped to see growth after COVID-19 numbers went down, are now seeing the effects of rising prices caused by the Russia-Ukraine war, Munagala said.

“All the prices have gone up. We use 800 units of cream and milk every week, each of which are up by $1,” Munagala said. “That is $1,000 a week for us.”

But so far, the restaurant keeps seeing repeat customers who remain loyal. Indian Delights also has a party room separate from the main dining hall for about 50 guests.

Munagala said he hopes to see more clients reserving the room “now that COVID numbers are down.”

Dosa Night

On Thursdays, the restaurant offers Dosa Night, where patrons can try a variety of items, including:

  • Potato bhujia: a curry with potatoes and spices

  • Pani puri: an Indian street food with a deep-fried flatbread filled with chutney, potato, onion or chickpeas

  • Mint chutney: a condiment made from mint, coriander, ginger and garlic

  • Sambar: a stew made from lentils, vegetables, tamarind and spices

  • Sandwich dosas: crisp pancakes made from rice flour and stuffed with various fillings

  • Suji Halwa: a dessert made from semolina or wheat, ghee and sugar


Indian Delights

401 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. C-106, Cedar Park

512-456-0599

www.indiandelightstx.com

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5-10 p.m.; Sat. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-10 p.m.; Sun. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-9:30 p.m.
By Sumaiya Malik

Austin editorial intern, Austin metro

Sumaiya Malik is an editorial intern for spring 2022 for Greater Austin. Her work focuses on writing web and print stories including business profiles, government, city news and area transportation. She is a graduate student of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and a co-founder of Austin Arts and Drama Initiative.