Sri Ananda Bahwan Indian restaurant & catering


I don’t usually features eating places. Only few appear on MalaysiaBest. This is one of them. The bright lights from this restaurant, crowds and aroma of their tandoori chicken drawn us there. This is an Indian (Hindu) chain restaurant, unlike the chain of Indian (Muslim) nasi kandar restaurants.


They have several stalls along the road in Penang Street. This man is cooking thosai on the stove.


Penang Street is located in the Little India enclave. This man is selling all sorts of beads and go from table to table to peddle his wares. This gives the place atmosphere, isn’t it?


Chicken Kohtu Porota, Vegetarian Kohtu Porota.

Something new. I saw the guy making them AFTER I had finished my dinner. It seems very delectable, sort of like Indian teppanyaki. LOL.


This guy here is preparing the Kohtu Porota which is stir frying several things. I am going back to try it soon.


A set of garlic naan and tandoori chicken which my husband ordered. The tandoori chicken smells delicious!


I had the vegetarian banana leaf rice. This restaurant is very generous with their curries and leave big pots of them on our table unlike some places which can be stingy and only provide the basics.

I took a leaflet from them and found that they even do door-to-door daily food delivery! Hey, this is interesting. Besides that, they also do catering for functions.

I forget to mention that besides food, they also sell Indian sweets. I tried their wajik (some brown sugar rice) and it is nice.

Branches :
Penang – 55, Penang Street

KL – Jalan Bangsar Utama 1, Bangsar Utama

Post Author: Lilian

Food, travel, recipes. Chinese Malaysian, blogger, photographer and writer.

16 thoughts on “Sri Ananda Bahwan Indian restaurant & catering


    (March 6, 2006 - 3:08 pm)

    oh gosh. im a fan of indian food and yes, their tandoori chicken is totally beyond this world. i prefer to eat murtabak though. beef, i mean.


    (March 6, 2006 - 3:46 pm)

    what’s with these indian men? shy shy kah? have to blurr & block out faces summore…aiyah what for lah, camwhore! camwhore!


    (March 6, 2006 - 4:01 pm)

    wuching – No la, I did not use flash and the place was rather dark so when they move a bit only, the pic blur liao.

    chengsim – You tried their branch in KL, you mean? But yeap tandoori is nice always.


    (March 6, 2006 - 4:02 pm)

    eh ? they have in 1U meh ? How come i dunno…like that i kena change nick lar


    (March 6, 2006 - 5:30 pm)

    errmm.. i’m from Penang also.. and for indian food, i still think Madras New Woodlands is the best. the serve the best badaam kheer, panni poori and chapati and also sweets!!! yummyyyyyyyyyyy


    (March 6, 2006 - 11:43 pm)

    soleili – Where is this place? Penang? Tell me so that I can go and sample.

    foodcrazee – It is Bangsar Utama not One Utama lah….


    (March 7, 2006 - 8:15 am)

    Are those plastic banana leaves?????


    (March 7, 2006 - 10:28 am)

    I was reading about your lotus rice. Now, my situation is that I have many lotus leaves in my pond. Examined the dried one and it was brittle, thus hardly could wrap anything inside. What about the leaves that are still fresh and green. Can I use that as wrappers? I appreaciate your reply or any tips. I am also finding time to dig up some of the fresh roots or rhyzomes that can be stir fry with beef.

    soleilina (soleili)

    (March 7, 2006 - 6:03 pm)’s at the same stretch of street as Sri Ananda Bhawan but it’s toward the end where Bank Simpanan Nasional’s opposite another indian restaurant called ‘Achi’ (Achee?) it’s fully vegetarian but it’s even yummier than those that r not vegetarian ones… i’ve lost their name card or else i can put their address here… ifi got go there,i’ll ask them for it


    (March 7, 2006 - 6:17 pm)

    soleili – Ok, next time I will look out for it. I ate at Achee before too. Know what? I am cooking my own vege dhal as I am writing this. Watch out!

    Has – If you are absolutely sure the lotus leaves are clean (i.e. no pesticides and such), why not pluck them and dry them in the sun. Then, you have to carefully soak them in water and boil it for a while. I am not sure the fresh ones will have any funny taste/bitter or what ‘cos we usually use the dried ones. Good luck with the experimenting!

    romantic – yeah, I forget to mention. They ran out of fresh leaves so they have this waxy paper which is shaped like banana leaves. 🙂


    (March 8, 2006 - 12:33 am)

    hehehe… am cooking my ‘yee mai foo chok’ at this ungodly hour of 12:31 am! LOL! saw Lilian’s blog and beh tahan liao! LOL so after work today i crossed opposite my office and went to the market to get the stuff… hehehe.. so blazing hot these days so YMFC will do me lotsa good! hehehe.. thanks Lilian! u hv become an important part of my life now where great ideas are concerned… hehehe


    (June 8, 2006 - 12:46 am)

    I visited this restaurant twice within the space of a few days – it really is very good! I had the garlic nan & tandoori chicken (looking at your photograph of it makes my mouth water!) plus the Punjabi curry – it was all excellent. I tried to find a good tandoori restaurant in KL, but despite trying 4 or 5 of them, none of them were anywhere near as good as this one in Penang!

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    (July 18, 2006 - 12:23 pm)

    oh do try the ab kottu parota chicken – its damn tasty something like char kuew teow

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