By Ava Stryker-Robbins
Picture a restaurant that feels comfortable. There are paintings on the red walls, mirrors alongside some tables, and traditional music softly playing throughout the room. Upon entering, a wave of peacefulness washes over me. The staff is kind and welcoming.
Indian Tanpura’s Chicken Tikka Masala and Mango Lassi make a perfect combo. Chicken Tikka Masala is made by marinating chicken in spices and serving it with a thick, creamy, tomato sauce. It is served with rice. At Indian Tanpura, you can order the dish as spicy as you would like it. The chicken is comforting and filling, leaving me feeling warm inside. The chicken is soft and boneless and served with plenty of sauce to douse your rice in.
Mango Lassi is a mango beverage made with yogurt and a small amount of sugar. The mango tasted beyond fresh and the addition of rose water made it all the more flavorful. It was immensely refreshing.
While the Chicken Tikka Masala and Mango Lassi only last as long as the meal, the feeling of contentment that sets in afterward lasts much, much longer. The Chicken Tikka Masala costs $15.95 and the Mango Lassi costs $5.50.
The Dish: Chicken Tikka Masala and Mango Lassi
The Restaurant: Indian Tanpura (564 Amsterdam Ave, on 87th Street)
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