The Magic of Aga’s – Authentic Indian in Houston

Uzma Pathan

When you want authentic Pakistani/Indian food in Texas, Houston comes to mind (yes, there are some great placed all over Texas – last week we shared one of our favorite Indian restaurants in Austin). Today, let me tell you about my favorite Indo-Pakistani restaurant in Houston: Aga’s Restaurant.

The Roots

Aga’s is an Indo-Pakistani restaurant located in Sugar Park Plaza. They began business in 2001 and offer a memorable dine-in experience, along with delivery through UberEats, DoorDash, and Grubhub and catering services for all sorts of events. Since 2001 Aga’s has made a big name for themselves for their high quality service. Now, onto the star of the show: the food.

My Top Picks

Aga’s includes all sorts of authentic meals, desserts, and beverages. Their menu is very diverse and accustomed to fit many different preferences. For starters, all of the meat is halal, but there are plenty of vegetarian options as well! Let me tell you about my top picks in dishes whenever I visit! They offer tons of great options to choose from when it comes to appetizers, but my go to is Chicken Lollipops. These chicken drumsticks are perfectly marinated in a house blend of rich spices, deep fried and served with fresh homemade chili sauce.

The Curries

Starting off with curry, the selection of curries offered here is literally endless. They’ve got goat curries, beef curries, chicken curries, seafood curries, vegetarian curries, and even egg curries! My personal favorite is the Chicken Tandoori Masala curry. I have it with both rice and naan to get the full experience. The chicken is soft and tender and the curry is rich in flavor and spice. The spice isn’t the kind that is unbearable, it is just the right amount that adds flavor and longing for more after every bite! I eat the chicken with the warm buttery naan first because it’s so easy to pull apart and then usually have the curry with rice because it allows its amazing flavor to be the star of the dish.

Did Someone Say Biryani?

Next up, we have the biryani. If you’re only going to order one item I would say make it this. Just like the other dishes, there are plenty of options for which type of biryani you can order. No matter what meat (or no meat) you have in your biryani, it packs a punch! In Indian and Pakistani culture biryani is a dish that takes time and attention to detail to create. So many different spices and masalas are used when preparing it and it can be difficult to create in large quantities. However, Aga’s delivers it in its best form! They make sure that every bite is packed with bold flavor and it has the authentic home-cooked taste. It’s served with a cold yogurt sauce called raita to compliment its warm spice.

The Grill

Lastly, there’s no way I could forget to mention a dish from their grill! They have all sorts of grilled dishes and platters, but we can’t not mention their grilled goat chops. They are served sizzling straight off the grill and taste unlike anything else I have tried. I can’t tell you the amount of grilled dishes I’ve had from other restaurants where it felt like I was eating leather! This dish is not supposed to cause endless chewing, it’s supposed to melt in your mouth, and at Aga’s it does just that. It’s got the nice traditional spices and flavors along with that beautiful charred flavor. It’s crispy on the edges but soft in the middle. They make sure to not over grill it so it doesn’t feel dry. I’d recommend having this one with naan, you won’t regret it!

These dishes are my favorites but they’re just a fraction of what Aga’s has to offer. When I visit I always find myself ordering multiple dishes just to get a taste of everything. I highly recommend visiting Aga’s Restaurant and exploring their menu whenever you’re in Houston!

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