Biryani at Spice Village in Tuckahoe


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


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

1 Comment

  1. Nice place. Good food. Worth your money. Service kinda spacey. BUT, it doesn’t beat Khan’s (aka Westchester Grocery) in Thornwood. Nothing in Westchester does.

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