Sous Chef, Samir, dreams of becoming the head chef at an upscale Manhattan restaurant, but when he is passed over for a promotion he impulsively quits. Samir tells his co-worker Carrie that he intends to go to Paris and apprentice under a master French chef. However, Samirís dreams must be put aside though after his father Hakim has a heart attack and Samir is forced to take over Tandoori Palace, the nearly bankrupt family restaurant in Jackson Heights.
Besides from not having a great relationship with his family, Samir also has no idea how to cook traditional Indian food. Luckily, he crosses paths with Akbar, a taxi driver, passionate chef, and worldly raconteur. Akbar inspires Samir and teaches him to trust his senses more than recipes; to stop measuring his life, and to start truly living it. With Akbarís guidance, Samir has a chance to rediscover his heritage and his passion for life through the enchanting art of cooking Indian food.