Mirch Masala

Stick it to ya: Mirch Masala specializes in home-style Punjabi cuisine like this dish of kebabs and pilau.

Hidden inside of Cintom's Custard, Mirch Masala is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it location for solidly good kebabs, tikkas and parathas. The home-style Punjabi menu is honest fare, made from scratch in a tiny kitchen behind the custard machines.

Owners Naila and Ayaz Malik hail from Pakistan and originally wanted to open an Indian grocery store, but when the owner of Cintom’s offered up his kitchen space, the unique combination of frozen custard shop and Indian restaurant was born.

Prices here are quite reasonable, hovering around the $5 mark with entrees. An full platter, including a grilled item, vegetable or dal of the day, rice, roti, raita and salad, costs $8.99.

"Everything is made in small batches and nothing comes frozen," Ayaz says. "There's nothing pre-made. That's where the flavor comes from."

3080 Sweeten Creek Road, http://www.mirchmasala.350.com, 279-8580.

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