SPOTLIGHT: Tarka Karahi and Kabab House Brings Pakistani Favorites to Coral Springs

Tarka Karahi and Kabab House Brings Pakistani Food to Coral Springs

Various dishes at Tarka Karahi and Kabab House in Coral Springs. {Photos by Enza Motta}

By: Enza Motta

Tarka Karahi and Kabab House brings Pakistani culture to Coral Springs by offering a menu full of original and authentic dishes.

Owner Abdul Ismail, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, moved from Punjab, Pakistan, to Chicago at 14 with his family, desiring a better quality of life.

After living in Chicago for 14 years, Ismail moved to Coral Springs, where he later created several companies such as 7 Kings Code Software Solutions, A Tech System, InShield USA, and Desi Mart.

The inspiration for the restaurant came from his love of his mother’s food and his desire to honor her after her death.

Tarka Karahi and Kabab House Brings Pakistani Food to Coral Springs

Lahori Mola Jutt Karahi at Tarka Karahi and Kabab House in Coral Springs.

Enchanted by the city and the desire to introduce everyone to Pakistan’s gastronomy, Ismail decided to honor his mother’s legacy by opening the first Pakistani restaurant in Coral Springs.

“Pakistan’s culture centers around food. The main concept of feeding is to make sure that your guest always eats, enjoys the food, and has conversations around it,” said Ismail.

His objective is to provide authentic dishes so that everyone in the community can enjoy the food offered by Pakistan’s culture.

Tarka Karahi and Kabab House Brings Pakistani Food to Coral Springs

Garlic Naan at Tarka Karahi and Kabab House in Coral Springs.

The restaurant offers traditional foods from both Pakistan and India. The Pakistani plates are named after the regions they come from. For instance, the Lahori Mola Jut is based off the city of Lahore in Pakistan.”

Its menu offers typical appetizers such as veggie pakora ($6), chicken pakora ($9), Punjabi samosa ($4), chili prawns ($10), dahi barra-chana chaat ($8), beef chapli kabab ($9), and chicken tender and fries ($7).

Tarka Karahi-style plates are one of the most requested dishes by customers. The option of choosing a protein such as chicken, meat, goat, or seafood and regional seasonings such as Lahori Mola Jut, Peshawari, or Shikarpuri Karahi starts at $23 for a half portion and up to $58 for a regular-sized plate.

Tarka Karahi and Kabab House Brings Pakistani Food to Coral Springs

Chicken Tikka at Tarka Karahi and Kabab House in Coral Springs.

The Tarka Karahi Lahori Mola Jut mutton brings a burst of flavors and packs a slight punch of spiciness to the taste buds. The side of freshly baked naan complements the tender pieces of goat cooked with spices and masala gravy.

The chicken tika leg is marinated with spices and cooked on the coals called angethi, accompanied by tamarind or mint chutney and two lemons on a bed of sliced white onions.

Tarka Karahi and Kabab House Brings Pakistani Food to Coral Springs

Inside of Tarka Karahi and Kabab House in Coral Springs.

Other popular dishes include the sheikh ji bbq platter ($17), sialkoti bbq platter ($20), and memon bbq family platter ($65). These platters contain a mix of chicken or beef kebabs, malai or afghani boti, and other proteins.

Vegetarians can opt for tarka channa daal ($9), Punjabi bhindi masala ($12), channa masala ($9), or mix veggie masala ($12). 

Seafood fans can select the Lahori fish, shrimp tikka masala, or fish masala for $16.

Tarka Karahi and Kabab House is located at 7881 W Sample Rd in Coral Springs.

Tarka Karahi and Kabab House Hours

Sunday 11:00 a.m–3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m-10:00 p.m.

Monday Closed

Tuesday 11:00 a.m–3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m-10:00 p.m.

Wednesday 11:00 a.m–3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m-10:00 p.m.

Thursday 11:00 a.m–3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m-10:00 p.m.

Friday 11:00 a.m–3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m-11:00 p.m.

Saturday 11:00 a.m–3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m-11:00 p.m.

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Enza Motta

Enza Motta
Enza Motta grew up in Venezuela and graduated with a journalism degree from the Universidad Santa Maria. She loves to cook and explore the culinary world in her spare time. She has been a resident of Coral Springs for a year.

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