Slideshow: Meet Vendy Awards Rookie Finalist Mysttik Masaala

Yuvaraaj, owner of Mysttik Masaala
Yuvaraaj, owner of Mysttik Masaala

Yuvaraaj launched Mysttik Masaala in the memory of his son Rishi, who died last year.

"He always loved to feed people, so this seemed like the best way to keep his memory alive."

Chatting up customers.
Chatting up customers.
Friendly and gregarious, Yuva builds his following by chatting up all his customers.
Inside the cart
Inside the cart
Mysttik Masaala is usually staffed with two to three people, but on this visit, Yuvaraaj was working alone.
Sauced
Sauced

They get a heavy squirt of two spicy sauces.

Serving curry
Serving curry

The menu changes daily, with both vegetarian and meat options like the Chicken Tikka Masala seen here.

Plating
Plating

Each platter comes with a main dish, a side order, and rice topped with daal.

Daal
Daal

Thick yellow daal, a vegetarian lentil stew, tops the rice on the combination platter.

Combination platter
Combination platter

The combination platter with both Chicken Tikka Masala and Aloo Mutter mains.

Tikka Masala
Tikka Masala