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Masala is a South Asian spice mixture that typically includes garlic, ginger, chilis, and onions. It is this flavor that adds punch and heat to the sandwiches at Masala Times, a small Bollywood-themed restaurant in the West Village. (In Bollywood speak, Masala refers to the crazy dance sequences, fight scenes, and general over-the-top nature of the films).
The main ingredient in the Paneer Bhurji Roll ($5.99) other than masala is paneer, a type of fresh cheese similar to cottage cheese. While a cottage cheese sandwich might not sound that appealing, in fact the moist, fluffy curds are perfect for soaking up the delicious yellow masala. Sautéed peppers and onions are almost caramelized, providing deep flavor with a sweetness that tempers the spice. If you want something a little more fiery, try the Chicken Bhuna Roll ($5.99). The best part is the freshly made paratha bread that encases the gooey filling: it's flaky, buttery, and hot.
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