On the hunt for an Indian specialty
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?
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.
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.
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.