Delicious Indian Specialties to Try in Singapore’s Little India

Little India is like a mini festival of colors, culture, and culinary delights. Your journey to the Indian heartland of Singapore won’t be complete without tasting authentic Indian dishes. The neighborhood is teeming with dining options, from budget-friendly eateries to cozy restaurants. Whether you are craving for aromatic spices or some tender meat, Little India has something for you. 

Here are delicious Indian specialties to try in Little India Singapore:




via Mr. Biryani

Biryani is a mixed rice dish that contains spices, vegetables, eggs, and the main ingredient, meat (chicken, beef, or fish). Some use goat, prawn, fish, or lamb. The ingredients of biryani vary in different Indian regions. Some biryani dishes may have corn, cashews, or fruits like pineapples. The different spices that can be used are mint leaves, green chilies, pepper, nutmeg, mace, ghee (clarified butter), onions, and cinnamon. Biryani may also be served with curry, salad, dal chutney or raita.

Mr. Biryani
32 Norris Road, Singapore 208274
Tuesdays to Sundays 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM; 6-10:30 PM | closed on Mondays
*Mr. Biryani’s specialties are Boneless Chicken Biryani (garnished with crisped curls of onion, egg, and tomato), Lamb Shank Biryani, and the Boneless Lamb Biryani.

Yakadar Muslim Food
Tekka Market, 665 Buffalo Road, 210665, #01-259
9 AM – 6:30 PM



Aloo Gobi

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If you’re a vegetarian, you should try aloo gobi, which is made of potatoes, cauliflower, and Indian spices. Turmeric gives the dish its distinct yellowish color. It is served with kalonji and curry leaves. Aloo gobi also has coriander stalks, garlic, cumin, onion, peas, tomato, and ginger. 

Komala Vilas Restaurant
76-78 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 217981
7 AM – 10:30 PM



Roti Prata

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Roti prata, also known as roti canai/cane or roti parotta, is basically fried flattened dough. The dough is usually flavored with ghee. In Singapore, the dough has a variety of texture, namely soft, chewy, and super crispy. Some are flaky and fluffy.

Prata Saga Sambal Berlada
Tekka Market, 665 Buffalo Road, 210665, #01-258
7 AM – 4 PM

C.M.K. 2001 Restaurant
92 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore 207668
24 hours open



Rava Thosai 

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Rava Thosai, or Dosa, looks like a crepe but it is a flat thin layered rice batter that is originally from South India. It is made of rice, black gram, smooth batter, and salt. The batter is speckled with green chilies, onions, and herbs and spices.

Anna Dosai Stall
#01-244 Tekka Centre Tekka Market and Food Centre, 665 Buffalo Road, 210665

Jamal Restaurant
Tekka Market, 665 Buffalo Road, 210665, #01-234
7:30AM – 10:30PM




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Naan is a leavened oven-baked flatbread, which is traditionally baked in a cylindrical clay oven. Naan can be served as plain, buttered, or stuffed with minced mutton, garlic, or aloo (potato). 

Copper Chimney
100 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore 207676
11 AM – 12:30 AM

11 Cavenagh Rd, Holiday Inn, Singapore 229616
12:00PM – 2:30PM, 7:00PM – 10:30PM




Sergey Vladimirov via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Sliced or ground meat or seafood is the main star of kebab dishes. They come with fruits, vegetables, and ingredients based on a specific recipe. Kebabs can be cooked on a skewer over a fire, on a grill, or in an oven. The meat used for kebab is often mutton or lamb. Other recipes feature goat, beef, fish, and chicken.

Madura’s Restaurant
115 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore 207683
12 PM – 1 AM

Kebabs and Curries
171 Syed Alwi Rd, #07-00 Mustafa Centre, Singapore 207704
11 AM – 12:45 AM




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Idli or idly is a popular breakfast food that originated in southern India. It is a rice cake made by steaming a batter with fermented black lentils and rice. 

Murugan Idli Shop
81 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore 207660
9 AM – 11 PM



To experience a complete food adventure in Little India and other parts of Singapore, book your Asia 101 Cultural and Food Tour in Singapore today.



*Featured image from Mr. Biryani