Indian Food/Stores in New Orleans?
What can I say....my son going to school there sometimes gets homesick for a little taste of home....His dad and I taught him a few of our favorite recipes, and he has a trip planned to Florida over spring break to eat at his aunts' houses....but he has yet to find any sources of Indian food staples (dal, spices, etc) or decent Indian restaurants there in NOLA. We have been sending him care packages, but he would love it if someone has a good local source. Hounds?
I completely forgot to mention Curry Corrner, at the corner of Oak St. and Carrollton Ave. Not very good steam table indian (as well as a few Thai dishes), but it does offer a very limited selection of Indian groceries. A few jars of spice pastes, some bags of snack mix (which I can't buy 'cause I'll devour in one sitting), and a few other items. It's nothing to write home about, but it's easy to find and is run by some nice people.
re: Hungry Celeste
Sara's in the Riverbend has great Indian dishes. They also own Curry Corner. The lemongrass crab bisque, lamb oxford, curried lentils and and saag paneer are all good here. They also do a great vindaloo.
724 Dublin St, New Orleans, LA 70118
1200 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118
Does he have a car? Tandoori Chicken on Cleary in Metairie is an ok buffet.
While he's out there, he'll want to check out the best source for Indian ingredients in the greater metro area, which is the International Market at 3940 Barron St, Metairie. It's a big warehouse, and they sell bulk spices, rice, some fruit and veg, ghee, etc. I don't know if they'll have everything he'll need, but I'd be surprised if he couldn't do pretty well there.
3940 Barron St, Metairie, LA
Tandoori Chicken Restaurant
2916 Cleary Ave Ste 1, Metairie, LA 70002
A new Indian/Pakistani place just opened on Williams, it's called Tarka: I haven't been, so I can't vouch for it. 3207 Williams Blvd in Kenner. Also in Kenner on Williams is a halal butcher in the 3800 block. A google search turns up India Imports, 3200 Georgia Ave, Kenner--IIRC, this place sells lots of odd things (ex: everything you need to outfit a convenience store, from big boxes of penny candy to air fresheners, etc).
The aforementioned International Market has a wide selection of frozen foods, including Pillsbury indian items and Deep brand products. I'm a sucker for methi paratha; as it turns out, the frozen stuff isn't too bad.
NOLA has an active Indian Association (http://www.indianeworleans.com/index.php), which has a nice Diwalli fest in the fall....members cook food & for a modest fee, you can eat a whole bunch of different things. Also, Hollywood Cinemas 9 near the Esplanade Mall in Kenner shows Indian movies on the weekends: http://www.hollywoodcinemas9.com/
New Orleans is SERIOUSLY lacking for good indian food! We had a great indian restaurant that didn't come back after hurricane Katrina. One place that I really like is India4U...but it's on the Northshore...so about 45-50 minutes from New Orleans. Other than that, I'd say the next best place would be Taj Mahal in Metairie.