Serves meat, veg options available. Has a large vegetarian menu section for dinner - vegans need to specify "no cream". Lunch is buffet only, and the vegetarian dishes have cream pre-mixed. Also offer some offensive items, please let HappyCow know if this place should remain listed. Price: Moderate more-less
Lacto, Indian, Chinese, Buffet, Non-veg


First Review by condekedar
  • vegan

Lady owner/chef very vegan-friendly!

4 Posted on 11 / 12 / 2013

Last summer while attending the Arts Festival, we were looking for a vegan-friendly place for lunch and we hit the jackpot! We are from the Washington DC area, and have many fine Indian restaruants to choose from, but this place was as good a expericence as any of them! Maybe not "fine dining", but the food was excellent- plenty of vegan options to stuff ourselves (the day we were there)- custom prepared by the lady chef, who added to the satisfying experience by spending time talking, educating and sharing stories with us!
She cooks some delicious recipes that you won't find in the usual traditional "same menu, different setting" Indian resturants. We only wish they weren't 3 hours away!
Highly recommended!!

Pros: Plenty of vegan options, Friendly, helpful staff, Good prices
Cons: Doesn't always have as many options-, vegan dishes can run out when very busy
  • vegan

Good Indian Choices...

3 Posted on 04 / 29 / 2011

Overall have had good experiences here other than the server had difficult time understanding my questions about the dishes. Not much stood out positive or negative - which is fine because I'm just glad there are Indian options in State College. I'm not sure why it there isn't more business in this place. As previous reviews noted do need to specify no cream. Have had better vegan experience here than at India Pavillion which seemed to have a lot more meat dishes if memory serves me correctly.

Pros: Price/Location, Good vegan options, Quick service
Cons: trouble w/ question re: animal produc
  • vegetarian


3 Posted on 02 / 03 / 2008

The quality of food ranges from excellent to mediocre. Each time I order a dish, it's been prepared and cooked differently from the last time I ordered it. Selection of vegetarian dishes at the lunch buffet is usually small and I avoid it as a result.

Their bread is usually excellent. Service is good.

Pros: dishes can be excellent, inexpensive
Cons: lack of options for vegans


  • vegan

Great food, limited timings for vegans

4 Posted on 08 / 13 / 2007

Kaarma has some great vegetarian dishes which they will happily make vegan for you(just specify "no cream or dairy"). If you want bread, order "roti" which is completely vegan; "naan" uses dairy products. Kaarma uses fresh ingredients and the dishes are not as oily and heavy as other North Indian restaurants. Try the 'mushroom muttar (peas)' or the "Bombay aloo (potatoes)" or chickpeas dish. Portions are large and prices are low. The only complaint that I have is if you're vegan, you can only go for dinner, because for lunch Kaarma only serves buffet, and all the dishes have cream pre-mixed.

Pros: Taste, Quality, Price
Cons: Vegan options only for dinner, Doesn't specify vegan dishes


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Last updated: 2013/10/30


Added: 2007/08/01


Added by: condekedar