Welcome to Rangoli: Authentic Indian Cuisine
Rangoli has two locations - a full service location in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and a fast-casual location in Sterling Heights, Michigan. We invite you to come enjoy excellent Indian food in an elegant setting.


RANGOLI (run-goalee) is the traditional Indian art of decorating courtyards and walls of houses, places of worship and sometimes eating places as well.

Traditionally, the powder of white stone, lime, rice flour, sandstone, colors and floral petals are used to create intricate and ritual designs. Rangolis are painted on various religious & festive occasions and also as a way of welcoming guests. This rich art has been kept alive by being passed on from one generation to another.

The paintings in our restaurant are the work of noted Indian artist Dr.Dinesh Sharma. These paintings represent various styles of rangolis from the different regions of India, including a modern interpretation of rangoli.
Lunch Buffet Menu
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Weekday $9.95 - Kids $4.95 | Weekend $10.95 - Kids $5.95
Pav Bhaji
Toasted dinner rolls served with curried mashed potatoes & other vegetables
Vegetarian Appetizer
Chili Baby Corn
Marinated baby corn sauteed with bell peppers, onions, ginger, garlic, soy sauce & chili sauce
Deep fried, mildly spiced lentil doughnuts
Tomato Rasam
Spicy South Indian tomato soup
Vegetarian Entree
Aloo Methi
Potatoes cooked with chopped fenugreek leaves
Baigan Mutter
Green Peas and eggplant cooked with onions, tomatoes, herbs and spices
Dal Makhani
Lentils and kidney beans cooked with onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, herbs, spices and cream
Paneer Butter Masala
Paneer cheese cooked in a delicious, rich gravy made with cream, cashews, onions, tomatoes and butter
Meat Entree
Hariyali Fish
Fish cooked in a blend of green herbs and spices
Murg Dopiaza
Chicken cooked with onions, garlic, tomatoes, in a thick sauce
Tandoori Chicken
Chicken on the bone, marinated in a blend of yogurt, ginger & garlic, then cooked in a tandoori oven
Curd Rice
Rice tempered with fenugreek, mustard seeds,cumin,curry leaves, lentils, with yogurt. Served cold.
Masala Bhath
Basmati rice cooked with vegetables, ground and whole spices
Steamed Rice
Steamed basmati rice
Leavened white bread baked in a clay oven
Fresh Fruit
Fruit Custard
Mixed fruit in custard
Gulab Jamun
Dough and cheese balls soaked in rose flavored syrup
Chef Spe Salad
Coconut Chutney
Cold coconut sauce
Mint Chutney
Cold mint sauce
Yogurt relish
Tamarind Chutney
Sweet and sour
Tomato Chutney
Cold tomato sauce
We're honored to have been rated...
HOUR Detroit, Best of Metro Detroit 2015

Trip Advisor, Certificate of Excellence - 2015 Winner

Local Eats, Best Indian Restaurant 2014

HOUR Detroit, Best of Metro Detroit 2013

Best Indian
Rangoli Indian Cuisine

3055 E. Walton Blvd., Auburn Hills
"The delicious samosas will win you over: flaky pastry wrapped around a filling of minced lamb or mildly spiced potatoes and peas. Entrées come in small copper tureens; among our favorites: nargisi aloo, a potato scooped out and stuffed with a mix of nuts, vegetables and cottage cheese; tikka masala, chunks of breast meat roasted in a tandoori oven then cooked in a thick and luscious sauce; chettinadu, pepper chicken cooked with fiery peppers in a coconut curry (you need a strong stomach for this one); and paneer tikka, a roasted form of marinated cheese, served with a thick tomato-cream sauce on the side."
- Metro Times - Best of Detroit 2004

"OH MY GOSHT!: That's what you'll say when you try the GOSHT VINDALOO AT RANGOLI in Auburn Hills. The succulent just-spicy-enough lamb stew is the best Indian dish this side of the Himalayas, or atleast the Detroit River. It's enjoyed in a serene, brightly decorated room flanked by polished copper serving kettles, and you are tended by a perfectly gracious waitstaff."
- HOUR Detroit, Best of Metro Detroit 2003

Best Indian — north burbs
Rangoli Indian Cuisine

3055 E. Walton Blvd., Auburn Hills
"Lots of opportunities to sample: An appetizer assortment comes in vegetarian and carnivorous varieties and includes samosas (flaky pastry around a filling), pakora (batter-dipped vegetables), and dosa (a crisp lentil pancake used to scoop up a tasty filling). A thali plate (available with and without meat) includes 10 small dishes with items such as two tiny eggplants, no bigger than your thumb, in a rich yogurt-based sauce. The tikka masala is a traditional chicken dish with a luscious sauce. Chettinadu turns up the heat with fiery peppers cooked with chicken in a coconut curry."
- Metro Times - Best of Detroit 2003

Best Indian
Rangoli Indian Cuisine
3055 E. Walton Boulevard, Auburn Hills
"We liked so many things at Rangoli that we felt comfortable randomly exploring the menu. This system led us to nargisi aloo, a potato stuffed with a mix of nuts, vegetables and cottage cheese. And chicken tikka masala, with chunks of breast meat roasted in a tandoor oven, then cooked in the thick and luscious sauce. If you’re new to Indian food, go for the lunch buffet. You can’t beat the price and the hooded copper chafing dishes are beautiful, lined up like a row of minarets."
- Metro Times - Best of Detroit 2002
About Indian Cuisine
The birth of classic cuisine in India can be attributed largely to necessity. As early civilizations sought ways to preserve their food, they discovered a large family of ingredients that would not only preserve food but would also promote good health. Blending these amazing spices became an art form over time. Achieving the perfect proportion of spices is absolutely vital to the creation of authentic, delicious Indian dishes.

The various states that form the Republic of India are almost like separate countries, in that most states have their own language, climate, architecture, clothing, and of course unique cuisine. Also, Indian cuisine, if it can be clubbed together as such, has been influenced by many countries and cultures – Persian, Greek, Afghan, Portuguese, British, etc., to name a few. However, the one unifying factor is the generous use of a variety of herbs and spices to create flavorful preparations that are almost addictive.

A typical Indian meal may consist of a meat, poultry or seafood dish, one or two vegetable dishes, a daal (lentils or legumes), bread and/or rice, plain yogurt or raita (yogurt based dip/dressing), perhaps a salad and a chutney or pickle. Bread is staple in the north while rice is more prevalent in the south.

Three myths about Indian food prevail:
  • It’s all curry
  • Curry is a spice
  • It’s all HOT
There is a whole lot more to Indian food than curry as will be obvious from our menu, or for that matter a menu at any other Indian restaurant. Calling curry a spice is like calling ‘stew’ a spice. Curry originates from the Tamil word ‘Kaari’ meaning gravy. It is a style of cooking that uses multiple spices in proportions that can vary according to a chef’s preference.

The first commercial curry powder was developed in Madras – a generic blend of most commonly used spices, mainly for export to the U. K. A concept very similar to ‘Italian Spice’. Most Indian cooks prefer to combine their own herbs and spices.

Much like any place else in the world, South India with its proximity to the equator has hotter food than in the north. The hot food helps people sweat more and thereby maintain body temperature. As you go farther north, food does tend to get milder. Spicy does not necessarily equate to hot. For example, the mild creamy ‘koorma’ from the north of India is replete with spices but generally has very little chili powder. Regardless of where they originate, almost all entrées can be made very mild, mild, medium, or hot by simply varying the quantity of chili powder or fresh chili peppers.

Some health benefits of Indian cuisine:
  • Largely vegetarian food – low in cholesterol, high in fiber
  • Oils used in cooking and frying are vegetable based with no cholesterol and very low saturated fat content
  • A large variety of meat preparations and kababs are cooked in the Tandoor – a clay oven which inherently allows fat from the meats to drip straight down
  • Minimal use if any, of unnatural ingredients such as MSG
  • Most food made from scratch – very little ‘Process’ content
Cooking Class Schedule for 2015
Feb. 11
Apr. 22
Jun. 10
Aug. 12
Oct. 21
Dec. 09

Classes run from 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


  • Dear Amit and Rangoli Cuisine Staff: Thank you for an amazing wedding! All the food was a big hit, the decorations were beautiful, and every guest had a wonderful time! Thank you for accommodating our Indo-Persian menu and for your timely service. Everything was a huge success! Thanks again, and we will definitely keep you in mind for future parties! With love, Michael and Manisha
  • Dear Amit, We want to thank you for the excellent catering provided by you at Meijer Gardens. Rangoli went way beyond our expectations - the food, the service, the team was exceptional! Thank you & a big thank you to your team at Rangoli.
  • Dear Amit, Thank you for your services at the wedding! We loved all of the food and the choices were perfect. It was punctual and everyone enjoyed the food. We just wanted to again thank you for an excellent job! -Siely & Sanat
  • Dear Amit, Just a note to let ya know how much we appreciate your talent and the effort ya put into our party. The meal was great and wowed the crowd! Keep up your talent... Thank you, thank you again, Rajesh & Meenu
  • Dear Amit, Thank you so much for a job well done. We can always count on you... The whole crowd was pretty impressed. Thanks again.
  • Dear Amit, Thank you for all your help with the wedding. Everyone raved about the food on both days. We really appreciate it! Latika & Bryan
  • Amit, Sorry for the delay. Thanks for great food and service. Manju G.
  • Thanks again the food was fantastic!! -Kim (MAPI)
  • Dear Amit, Thanks for your wonderful arrangements and great food. Bala M.
  • Dear Amit, Thank you for your extremely tasty & delicious food at our Son's wedding. The starters & the main course & desserts were all excellent & we received many compliments with our choice. Thank you for guiding us & for your help in picking the menu. We hope we can use your services again. Please thank all your staff for the excellent job.
  • Amit, Thank you for nice food and excellent service. Everyone enjoyed the food. Best wishes, D. Patel
  • Ajit, You can quote regarding the quality of your work with the following: "The wedding video Ajit made me was something I initially thought was an unnecessary expenditure in a time of heavy costs. But my sister decided to go ahead with signing Ajit to do videography as her wedding gift to us, and it turned out that big sister is indeed always right. My sister knew that I would be too busy to be able to enjoy my own wedding, and a video would be able to capture the moment forever. She put her faith in Ajit because of referrals from our friends, and now it is my turn to refer him to everyone I know because of the incredible quality and attention to to detail he put into my wedding video. The speeches, songs, guests, menu, atmosphere and so much are captured in a way no photo could do proper justice. Thank you Mr. Makesha for creating the best gift I have ever received." Best Regards, Syed Mohiuddin
  • Hi Amit, I appreciate the time you took to listen to what we wanted and adding your own expertise in pulling together the dinner. The green papaya salad was really good and the tasty puff pastry snack was a big surprise. Thanks so much for providing delicious food and for being there to make sure the function went smoothly. The feedback we received was generally positive. The end result is just what I'd hoped it would be! Anita R.
  • Dear Amit; Asma and I just wanted to thank you again for everything you and the restaurant did for my brothers wedding. The food was amazing and all of our relatives and friends are still raving about the menu. The Marriott event manager also pulled me aside to say that they "noticed a difference" stating you guys were very professional and extremely organized. Thanks again, Asim A.
  • Dear Amit, I'm writing to you to thank you for the exceptional catering service you and your staff at Rangoli offered for my son's wedding event. Right from the time we met with you to discuss the menu, you offered valuable suggestions and input to make our wedding dinner event a great sucess. You were polite, courteous and paid attention to our preferences. Your attention to details and menu selection is remarkable. On the day of the event you were personally there to oversee the details of the food arrangements and presentation. Our guests were very pleased with the appetizers and dinner menu selection. Every thing was prepared to perfection and portions were more than adequate. I wish you good luck in your business. I am sure your catering services will be a great success because of your dedication to offer reliable and efficient customer service. Sincerely Tasneem K.
  • Amit, Your food was delicious and our guests enjoyed a lot. Sujeeth P.
  • Amit: Just wanted to thank you from the bottom of heart for the excellent food. Our guests enjoyed the food and the appetizer. Regards, Veena & Anish H.
  • Rangoli did a wonderful job on our wedding in August. We had such positive comments from our friends and family. Thank you! Shamini G.
  • Ajit, I hope all is well with you. I apologize as I didn?t get a chance to reply earlier. We received the album and DVD last week and are very pleased with both. As always we?re very happy to have dealt with you, as well as for our previous events. You can be assured we will always throw in a good word and recommend Rangoli Video to others. Once again, thank you very much! ~Salman
  • Ajit, Thank you so much for all your help with our wedding. You were spectacular. The photography came out wonderful and the DVD was amazing. I could tell that you put a lot of time and effort into your work to make our special day memorable. I will be recommending your services to everyone I meet. I cannot thank you enough for your creativity and excellence that is portrayed in our memories of our wedding. Thank you. Jen C.
  • Hi Amit and Stacy, I just wanted to drop a quick line and say thank you for catering for my sisters wedding on 5th and 6th April. All our guests were extremely pleased with the food from your restaurant - a big compliment to you guys! Regards, Namrata
  • Stacy, Hello! My family and myself would like to mention that your service and food was excellent. Please convey are satisfaction to your staff, Amit and everyone involved in making our event a success. Thanks again! Regards, Harcharan S. D.
  • Hi Amit, Suman and I want to Thank you, and your team, for your catering services for our son's wedding. All the guests were very complimentary about the food. Prakash M.
  • Amit, we are so appreciative of your efforts and willingness to work with us to accomodate our wishes and needs and make everything happen just as we wished. You have done a wonderful job. We can't thank you enough for those fine touches and details you delivered. You gave us that special touch of Hyderabad that we wished for. You and your staff are truly THE BEST. The bride and the groom join us in sending our sincere thanks to you and your cooks and the entire staff of Rangoli for the well-organized, superb job and amazing food you provided for us at the wedding. We sincerely hope that we will be able to work together again in our future functions. As we said, we have two more children!! We both wish you and your staff success in your future business endeavors and catering projects. With regards and best wishes, M. Razi and Shahida R.
  • Dear Amit, Thank you for catering the lunch and dinner for our wedding. The food was excellent! Everyone said how stuffed they were at dinner. Thank you for being such a great business guy. You were so friendly when we first met. You helped make our decision on Rangoli as our wedding team. Thank you once again for all your help! You helped enlighten an American culture on Indian food. Sincerely, Shalini and Matt
  • Hi Amit: Once again, you have come out in flying colors. Food was excellent. We were pleased with your prompt service & tasty food. Special thanks for Rupali to get the gold chair covers at the last minute. That made a world of difference. It looked absolutely gorgeous. Thanks to both of you & I can promise you will get a lot of references from us. Jyoti K.
  • Amit - everything was fantastic - all our guests had the best compliments for the food - for all the three events. Superb job. Thank you and your team for the excellence in service. Regards Usha
  • Hi Amit & Rupali: First of all a big thank you for making our event a big success. You did a great job. Mandap was beautiful & every one liked it a lot. Thanks again for a great service by your team. Jyoti K.
  • Dear Amit, Thank you so much for a classy job. If I can be of any help, let me know. Thank you again from bottom of heart. Avinash D.
  • Amit, Thanks again for excellent food at all the three events. Guests liked it and praised it a lot. Thanks again for everything and you know who I am going to look for if I need indain food catered. Thanks. Pradip B.
  • Dear Amit My wife Geetha and I want to thank you very much for the delicious food and the outstanding service you provided during my daughter's reception at the Hilton on saturday, December 18, 2004. Not a single one from the nearly 350 attendees complained about the food; Infact, numerous people walked up to me and complimented about the excellent quality of the food. Many of my friends went for more than one 'helping' which convinced me that they all like it very much. I did not get to enjoy all the items, because I was busy playing 'host' to the guests. But what little I tried, they were delicious. Overall, it was a pleasure to have you guys take care of the catering. I would recommend you guys without any reservation to all my friends when there is an opportunity. Please extend my thanks to all the chefs, wait staff, and others who took care of this job. Thanks again best regards Dr.S.Rangaswamy
  • Hello AMIT: You did a very good job, we received lot of compliments about your food, we thank you very much for it. Sincerely, RAM T. for AKMG Banquet Committee
  • Amit and Jagdish, If you remember you did our daughter Divya's wedding on July 5th as well as the raas garba the previous night. This is just to let you know that we continue to get compliments on the good food that was served on both days. People were also very impressed with the Kerala food you made us. I wanted to make sure I passed this on to you. Thank you for the good food and we appreciate the professional manner in which you worked with us. MP and Lakshmi N.