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

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
Monday, October 20, 2014
Weekday $8.95 - Kids $4.45 | Weekend $9.95 - Kids $4.95
Vegetarian Appetizer
Gobi Pakora
Cauliflower pieces dipped in batter and fried
Upma Dosa
Lentil and Rice Flour Crepe Stuffed with Cream of Wheat, Vegetables,nuts and Spices.
Soup
Sambar
South Indian Lentil Soup
Vegetarian Entree
Aloo Zucchini
Potatoes and Zucchini cooked with onions, tomatoes and spices
Pakora Kadhi
Fritters cooked in a sauce made from yogurt & chick pea flour
Palak Paneer
Paneer cheese cubes simmered in pureed spinach with spices and cream
Meat Entree
Butter Chicken
Marinated chicken grilled in a clay oven, then cooked in a thick onion, tomato and cream sauce
Lamb Jalfrazie
Lamb cooked with stir-fry vegetables in a tomato based sauce
Tandoori Chicken
Chicken on the bone, marinated in a blend of yogurt, ginger & garlic, then cooked in a tandoori oven
Rice
Steamed Rice
Steamed basmati rice
Tomato Rice
Basmati Rice flavored with pureed tomatoes and whole spices
Bread
Naan
Leavened white bread baked in a clay oven
Dessert
Fresh Fruit
Kheer
Rice pudding garnished with coconut flakes and an assortment of nuts
Accompaniment
Coconut Chutney
Cold coconut sauce
Kachumber
Diced cucumber, tomatoes, and carrots in a lemon juice & oil dressing
Mint Chutney
Cold mint sauce
Raita
Yogurt relish
Spicy Lentil Coconut Chutney
Tamarind Chutney
Sweet and sour
Tomato Chutney
Cold tomato sauce
We're honored to have been rated...
Best Indian
Rangoli Indian Cuisine

3055 E. Walton Blvd., Auburn Hills
248-377-3800
"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
248-377-3800
"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
248-377-3800
"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

June 11, 2014-7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Aug 13, 2014- 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Oct 8, 2014- 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dec 10, 2014- 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dashera Special Lunch Buffet - Auburn Hills

Come in to celebrate Dushera the culmination of the Festival of Navratri with a special Lunch Buffet at our Auburn Hills location

Sunday, October 5th
11:30 - 3:00 pm

Adults - $11.95, Kids (under 10) - $6.95

  • Rangoli did a wonderful job on our wedding in August (August 25th, Govender-Gupta wedding). We had such positive comments from our friends and family. Thank you! Shamini Govender
  • 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 Cole