Saturday, May 04, 2013


Popular Bethesda Indian restaurant Haandi has changed its name to Kadhai. Menus now describe the kitchen's offerings as "Boutique Indian Cuisine." Now, before you panic, don't worry: all of your favorite dishes are still on the menu. But many new ones have also been added.

What does Kadhai mean?

It refers to an Indian and Pakistani wok. A kadhai is an iron or steel wok that is deeper, thicker and more bowl-like than a Chinese wok. If I recall correctly, Haandi actually had a Chicken Kadhai dish already on the menu.

But many new items have been added, and I thank a very helpful reader for compiling a complete list of the new dishes (and for sending a great side-by-side photo of the Haandi/Kadhai menu covers) that I would not have been able to myself!

So, here is the list:

Palak Chaat -appetizer with baby spinach, tomato, onion in yogurt & tamarind sauce

Goat Biryani -bone-in goat meat in spices, then layered with rice flavored with saffron and nuts

Daal Tadka -Yellow lentils in mild spices

Channa Masala -Chickpeas in north Indian spices

Bhindi Masala -Okra, onion, tomatoes, spices

Goat Kadhai -bone-in goat with tomatoes, green peppers, onions

Hariyali Tikka Tandoori -Chicken marinated in cilantro, and baby spinach sauce

Lasooni Kabab -Chicken marinated in garlic & onion sauce

Goan Shrimp Curry -Jumbo shrimp in chef's medium coconut -milk-based sauce

Goan Fish Curry -Salmon fillet in coconut-milk-based sauce

Goat Curry -Bone-in goat meat with ginger, garlic, onions, tomatoes, green chilies, Indian spices

As you can tell, it will take many visits to try them all. So begin new dining adventures at Kadhai, 7905 Norfolk Avenue, in downtown Bethesda. Reservations: 301-718-0121.


Anonymous said...

Is there any more to the story? Seems weird to change their name


We they still be accepting Haandi gift certificates?

Robert Dyer said...

That's a good question I didn't even think about!

Anonymous said...

Hi Robert,
My name is Madan,President of kadhai restaurant.I truly appreciate your blog about our restaurant. I would like to thank you in person.Could you please stop by to kadhai restaurant when you can?

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Hi! We visit Kadhai last week for Friday buffet and employer said that this two restaurant had one owner before, then owner decided to close place in Bethesda, This Bethesda restaurant now have a new owner. I did call to Naandi in Virginia to ask about if they still have restaurant in Bethesda. Answer was that they do not have any places anymore only in VA. And never mentioned that I can find old staff of Bethesda's Haandi under new name.