Masala Mama Serving Up Fantastic Vegetarian & Vegan Indian Dishes At A Popup In Gowanus

Masala Mama Serving Up Fantastic Vegetarian & Vegan Indian Dishes At A Popup In Gowanus

You may perhaps have appear across Nidhi Jalan’s culinary creations ahead of. About 5 decades ago she started out providing spice blends beneath the name Masala Mama (a deal with Jalan “earned” in the womb), then she launched a line of jarred simmer sauces like Coconut Curry and Vindaloo, and then she did a stint a single summer time slinging Masala Tacos at Smorgsaburg. Now, and for a minimal time only, Jalan is cooking a comprehensive slate of vegetarian and vegan Indian dishes for us all to delight in, at a Masala Mama popup within just the Michael and Ping’s house in Gowanus.

“I definitely wished to satisfy the individuals who actually try to eat my foodstuff, and be a component of a community,” Jalan told Gothamist past 7 days. “I constantly dreamt of possessing a cafe. Not just about anything fancy, just a easy location in which the food stuff is designed nicely with good elements, like the variety of food items I grew up with in Calcutta.”

Watermelon Chaat Salad ($9.95)


Watermelon Chaat Salad ($9.95)

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The menu is rather simple, and every little thing I ate in this article the other night was extraordinary. The Watermelon Chaat Salad, for example, which came loaded with all sorts of strong flavors enjoying off the sweet, juicy fruit–cilantro, ginger, chaat masala, eco-friendly chili, red onion, lime, and mint amongst them–was the best variation of this dish I’ve at any time experienced. So skillfully place alongside one another, I have to go back again right here at least the moment much more this summer time just to try to eat another bowl of this.

Every little thing in the two main sections, Entrées and Lentils and Beans, can be ordered in 12-oz “medium” or 16-oz “significant” dimensions, which tends to make it quick to attempt as a lot of matters as possible. I essentially allow Jalan pick out for me, and equally of her picks were being correct delights. The Paneer Tikka Masala was luxuriously loaded and creamy, a cashew tikka sauce thick with housemade paneer and peas (this can be organized with tofu as a substitute of paneer, if you want it vegan), and the lentil-based mostly Dal Makhani had lots of zip of it, with garlic, Kashmiri chili, ginger, and the sweet acidity of Italian strained tomatoes.

Other choices contain the vegan dishes Aloo and Gobi, with cauliflower and potatoes, Saag Kabocha, which includes spinach, chickpeas, and roasted squash, and the Chana Masala, to which Jalan adds pomegranate seeds and uncooked mango powder. All of the above deserve some superior starchy shipping and delivery vehicles, and Jalan complies with factors like Turmeric Lemon Pilaf, Malabar Paratha, and, in my situation, two slabs of some delightful Garlic Chimichurri Sourdough Naan. Condiments can also be requested separately, together with a fiery Environmentally friendly Chili Pickle, a Chili-Garlic Sizzling Sauce, and a lively Tomatillo-Cilantro Chutney.

Masala Mama is a terrific restaurant, but you should not wait around far too prolonged to occur test it out mainly because it will be gone right before you know it.

“I am hoping to run this by the summer season, or as extended as I have the endurance for it,” claimed Jalan. “It is a ton far more perform than I considered. I arrive right here at 11 a.m. and I get household at 10 p.m. so it is ten, eleven hrs each day. The first couple days it was quite sluggish and I believed oh my gosh does this principle have legs? And then neighbors started out pouring in… often I have tears in my eyes since they just have the kindest factors to say. I enjoy Brooklyn. I adore Gowanus. I adore in which I dwell in Prospect Heights. I am Brooklyn as a result of-and-by way of, and hopefully am hardly ever leaving.”

outside of Masala Mama

Masala Mama is located inside of Michael and Ping’s, at 437 Third Avenue, between 7th and 8th Streets in Gowanus, and is at this time open up for shipping and delivery, pick-up, and dining-in by means of counter assistance on Wednesday via Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (646-820-6790

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