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25000 US Hwy. 19 N. (25th St.) Send to Phone

Lunch Tues.-Sat., Dinner Sat.-Sun.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Mahal Indian Cuisine Restaurant Review

: In its 7th year, this Indian restaurant offers a wall-to-wall luncheon buffet. Every item on the menu is conveniently numbered, even the ice tea and milk, so you need only know your digits. There’s a great abundance of vegetarian selections, as you’d hope and expect from a traditional Indian restaurant. The appetizers range from vegetarian samosas---deep fried patties stuff with potatoes and green peas---to paneer tikka (chunks of homemade cheese sautéed with onions, green peppers and Indian spices. Vegetarian entrées like aloo gobi (potatoes and cauliflower cooked in spices) and kadahi paneer (pieces of homemade cheese with tomatoes, bell peppers and onions cooked with spices) share the menu with beef, chicken, shrimp and lamp specialties. We like the chicken moghlai, chicken with a touch of yogurt, seasonings, nuts and spices and the traditional chicken tikka Marsala, chicken pieces cooked in a delicate spiced gravy made with cream and diced tomatoes. For those who like their food spicy, there’s lamb vindaloo (lamb and potatoes in a hot, spicy gravy) and hot chili shrimp (shrimp cooked with green chiles, onions, tomatoes, ginger and other spices). Dessert choices are limited: gulab jamun (milk and cream balls dipped in syrup and rose water) and kheer (rice pudding) lead the short list.


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