Indian cuisine reflects a 5,000-year history of a plethora of societies and cultures that interacted with the subcontinent, ultimately leading to an almost overwhelming diversity of flavors and regional cuisines found in modern-day India. Taking into consideration the range of diversity with regard to soil type, culture, climate, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines vary significantly from each other and take advantage of locally-available fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. Indian food is also heavily influenced by cultural and religious routines and traditions.

Surprisingly and for no particular reason, Indian food is somewhat unrepresented in Los Angeles. Though this makes experiencing the deliciously complex, deftly-spiced cuisine in the heart of L.A. challenging, we’ve assembled what we feel are the restaurants serving some of the best Indian food in Woodland Hills. So sit back, relax and prepare to be swept away to a magical place where Tandoori is always on the menu and the Lamb Vinaloo is always delicious and tasty.

Shalimar Cuisine of India, located at 23011 Ventura Boulevard, has been serving the San Fernando Valley with the most exquisite and authentic Indian food for more than three decades. The charming eatery has won the title of Best Indian Restaurant of San Fernando Valley by L.A. Weekly, and its operators’ goal remains to make every patron feel like family when they visit. Shalimar is famous for its Tandoori-inspired dishes such as meats and breads that boast a special smoked flavor, while vegetables are slowly cooked in tomato, onion and ground-nut-based sauces for authenticity. A family owned and operated business, Shalimar Cuisine of India presents a sophisticated setting and some of the freshest Indian cuisine available.

Taste of India, with a Woodland Hills location at 21833 Ventura Boulevard, serves authentic Indian food along with wine and other complementing beverages while also boasting a highly-rated catering service available for all occasions. The restaurant’s encompassing menu features delicacies such as Mutton (goat meat), Biryani, Curriesand a plethora of Tandoori oven items such as Tandoori Chicken, Tandoori Fish Tikka, Salmon Tandoori andReshami Kabob. Additionally, customers can now take advantage of online ordering through Taste of India’s website located at www.TasteofIndia.com.

Biryani Factory, located at 21510 Victory Blvd, has been serving fresh and authentic Indian food since its establishment in 2011. Boasting a unique combination of Indian cuisine, attentive service, sought-after wines and tempting desserts – all presented in a stylish, high-energy yet formal dining area – Biryani Factory offers guests a selection of Indian specialties while they take in the mesmerizing surroundings. The restaurant’s menu is comprised of items that use the finest Indian spices, and all dishes can be customized based on customer requests for mild, medium or hot levels of these spices. A daily lunch menu complements the other alluring draws of Biryani Factory, served from 11 am to 3 pm, and catering is available for private parties.

Indian cuisine has been – and still is – evolving as a result of the nation’s cultural interactions with other societies, and in Woodland Hills this is never more apparent than when visiting any of the aforementioned Indian food spots.