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May 28, 2008 03:12 PM

On the hunt for an Indian specialty

Hello all,

I have been looking for a particular Indian dish throughout NYC for a while now but have not been able to find it anywhere. I'm looking for something called Chicken Malai Masala and it is basically a creamy yogurt sauce with cashews (not really spicy and no coconut). I don't believe that it has a tomato base but I am not sure. Has anyone ever heard of this dish? I had it regularly at an Indian/Pakistani restaurant upstate but the fact that I cannot find it down here leads me to believe it was a dish specific to that restaurant. Can anyone recommend a place either in Manhattan or probably more likely Queens that might have something similar?


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  1. Malai (milk) masala (spice roughly) dishes should be easy enough to find or at least to ask for. While I haven't seen it (and I really don't eat non-Bengali much), I would think that you'd have luck with almost any cook to order place of worth (ei. Spicy Mina's especially.) While Mina's is very inconsistent, I have a feeling she could cook it to your description.

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    1. re: JFores

      It's on Mina's menu, and is sure to be good. I used to have it at one of older places on 6th street -- the one down three steps that wrapped around beneath a building entrance -- where it was quite good. It had cashews and sliced almonds and was my go-to dish when I was reacting to badly at the rear end to hot stuff.

    2. I believe that the Balucci's chain should have what you're looking for. They're all over the place. Lunch is half price, BTW.