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Mirch Masala marks 16 years of making vegetarian easy and delicious 

click to enlarge GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
This year marks Mirch Masala’s sweet 16, and if memory serves, that’s either the vegetarian birthday or the 2001 Toyota Corolla birthday. Fortunately for us, Mirch’s sizable menu of vegetarian options are also its most affordable dinner entrées. So after a few complimentary papadum, we indulge in meat-free Bombay Alu ($10.95) and Malai Kofta Curry ($12.95), both ordered at medium heat, served with a mound of long-grain basmati rice that will have us walking away well-filled. Bombay Alu’s a potato dish, featuring chunks of spud served in a savory red sauce that leads with spiced aroma from its garam masala. The flavor continues with onion notes under taste-leading chile peppers and tomatoes. Each bite travels, though be warned: a medium heat gets us sweating. As for the curry, it’s a creamy sauce the menu says has cashews — we can’t tell, but the spicing’s lovely. It mellows strong salt in the paneer and dried fruit dumplings that dot the dish, which themselves have a lovely meaty texture.
Location Details Mirch Masala
5047 N. Academy Blvd.
Academy (North)
Colorado Springs, CO
599-0003
Indian

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