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Authentic Flavours Rule the Mystic India

Published:Thursday | October 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM
From left: Executive chef at the Mystic India restaurant, Jp Sriyal (centre) is joined by his assistants, Kishorie Painuly (left) and Vikash Chand (right) as he shows off his signature garlic lobster dish. Restaurant Week

It is no secret that Mystic India is the favoured spot for dining on authentic Indian cuisine in Montego Bay. Here, dishes are perfectly cooked and bursting with flavours, their bright colours making them a treat for the eyes as well as the taste buds.

Keen on maintaining its cultural authenticity, all the dishes offered by this restaurant are prepared by a team of Indian chefs, led by executive chef, J.P. Sriyal. Throughout the Gleaner-sponsored Restaurant Week, Sriyal and his team will be cooking up a variety of dishes, catering to every palate - meat lovers, vegetarians and gluten-free diners.

Sriyal explained that a combination of close to 100 herbs and spices are what accounts for the deliciousness of his dishes.

"Dried spices are an easy way to add authentic Indian flavour, so we normally blend five or six spices to make each of our gravy base. Some of the spices we use are not available here in Jamaica, we have to source those directly from India, but in the case of caraway leaves, we grow that here in our own garden," he explains.

A mouth-watering curried chicken tikka lababdar, served with saffron rice and masala naan, made with fresh caraway leaves and cheese, is one of the delectable dishes that will be available come November 14-22.

Seafood lovers can also delight in Mystic India's delicious curry recipes, from a shrimp kadhai, also served with masala naan. Garlic lobster, served with a signature tamarind sauce is another delicious menu item that will be available at the Whitter Village Shopping Centre restaurant.

- Karrie Williams