Just as Italian Beef is virtually unknown in Italy, Chicken Tikka Masala is probably unknown in many parts of India, except in those places where it's been introduced to the country by British or British-influenced chefs.
Oak Park has several good Indian restaurants – we especially like Khyber Pass – but we hardly ever cook Indian food at home. The reason for this is that a good Indian meal contains a huge range of spices, and it's our experience that if we buy all the spices, and then don't cook Indian for a year or two, many of the spices – most of them lost in the dark recesses of the spice cabinet -- lose their punch.
Bhel contains puffed rice, some tiny little noodles (fried hard), fresh cut vegetables like onion and potato, and some sauce with spices. Sometimes it has chickpeas in it. Behl is fabulously delicious.
Some of the more delicious vegetarian offerings in Oak Park are served at “ethnic” restaurants that offer cuisines born of cultures where economics or religion necessitated or dictated meals without meat.