Welcome to our Haveli. Haveli is the term used for a private mansion with historical and architectural significance in India and Pakistan. Our Haveli in Houston incorporates traditional Pakistani and Indian cuisine in a family setting where one can enjoy classic food in a relaxed atmosphere.
The Indo-Pak subcontinent had been the crossroad of many people and cultures over centuries. The Indian subcontinent is well known for its tradition of vegetarianism, which had a history spanning more than two millennia. Hindu diet consisted of vegetables, pulses, cereals and fruit, which are an essential part of the Indo-Pak cuisine today. Daal curry is very popular along with naans cooked in a clay oven and chapatis prepared on griddles, puris (made from whole wheat flour and oil) and bhaturas (made from white flour, yeast and oil). The latter were deep fried in a pot resembling a wok called the karhai. Ideally such breads were deep fried in ghee (clarified butter), as it was a pucca, or pure food.
The Muslims from Western Asia whose culture swept across much of northern subcontinent in the 16th century brought changes in many aspects of everyday life. Muslim influence in the subcontinent caused a gastronomic revolution. In fact, it created a marriage between the non vegetarian fare of the Middle East and the rich gravies that were indigenous to the Indo-Pak subcontinent, creating what is known as Moghul Cuisine. Spices were added to cream and butter, rice was cooked with meat, and dishes were garnished with almonds, pistachios, cashews and raisins. Indo-Pak subcontinent was also introduced to kababs and pilafs (pulaos). There were a variety of sweetmeats, the idea of ending the meal with a dessert being of Arabic origin. Most of these sweets were made of almonds, rice, wheat flour or coconut, sweetened with sugar and scented with rose water. At the end of a hearty meal, paan or the betel quid is served. The Moghul Emperors were great patrons of this style of cooking. Lavish dishes were prepared especially during their reign and served in vessels of jade, silver and Chinese porcelain. Although the Moghuls did not sustain power for long, their cuisines have continued to this day.
Please come and try our buffet open daily. We hope your visit here will be a pleasant experience. If there is anything we can do to make your visit more enjoyable, please feel free to ask. We look forward to seeing you soon.
We also offer catering and banquet facilities for your special occasions.