A signature staple of Indian restaurants is chicken tikka masala, yogurt-marinated chicken served in a creamy, spicy curry sauce. It can be the stuff of dreams. But everyone has friends who refuse to go to Indian restaurants because they don’t like curry.
Here is the solution: the biryani dishes at Spice Village in Tuckahoe.
No curry whatsoever. The shrimp biryani arrives in a large bowl filled to the brim with saffron basmati rice mixed with raisins, sautéed and fried onions, cashews, shrimp, cinnamon, cumin, cloves, and other Indian spices to provide a nutty, fruity and mild spicy flavor.
The biryani is served with a cool yogurt raita on the side, which provided a nice balance to the spices. In addition to shrimp biryani, Spice Village also serves chicken and lamb. Now your non-curry-loving-friends can join you for a wonderful Indian dinner.
By the way, for you curry fans, the chicken tikka masala rocks!
The 411 is coming. Til then: Spice Village, 8 Columbus Avenue, Tuckahoe. 914-779-5400.
— Jeff Plattus