Mirch Masala has been a pillar of North Indian cuisine for the city of Milpitas, and it stays true to its mission of being “Home to Authentic Indian Delicacies.” Although this restaurant is still in the early part of its tenure, it consistently achieves an unwavering four-star rating on Yelp, and ranks as a top ten Milpitas Indian restaurant on TripAdvisor. 

Nestled in the McCarthy Ranch plaza, where a multitude of lunch patrons flock from surrounding business parks, Mirch Masala gets frequented five days a week for its lunch combos: a delectable selection of up to three items. On any given day, choices range from butter chicken to malai kofta, paneer tikka masala, lamb kofta, biryani, onion pakoras, daal tarka, and palak paneer.

 

 

The quality of food, consistency of flavors, talented kitchen staff, and persevering emphasis on great customer service are the establishment’s winning factors. “We consistently listen to customer feedback,” says Raj Jindal, Mirch Masala’s owner. Mr. Jindal is a tremendous cook in his own right. He continues, “As owners, we eat at our own restaurant daily to ensure that high quality is being served that our valued customers deserve.”

A spread of flatbreads can be ordered to accompany your meal: naan, tandoor roti, paranthas, and spicy kulchas. Their selections change daily, and also include vegan dishes such as taro arbi, okra bhindi masala, and cauliflower gobi. Featured on their chaat menu are papri chaat and pani puri. In India, these enjoyable savory bites are typically served as hors d’oeuvres. Jindal noted, “Some customers will come in to sit, relax over chai and our chaat.” 

While visiting for dinner, don’t forget to try the newest addition to the menu, pav baji. Richly traditional in Northern Indian cuisine, pav baji is a plethora of vegetables cooked down to a mash and served with ghee toasted pav or dinner rolls.

 

 

 

As summer approaches, Mirch Masala also offers their newest and latest beverage, aam panna, a raw mango beverage flavored with mint. This Indian classic cooler is noted for its heat-resistant elements and is a perfect thirst-quencher for the hot summer months.

It is no accident that Jindal entered the restaurant world of North Indian cuisine. So much of his work ethic, personal integrity, and love of food have been passed down from his parents. His late father previously owned a restaurant back in their home state of Punjab. When asked if this is where he thinks his natural gift for cooking comes from, Jindal wholeheartedly confirmed it: “Yes, food is in our blood and simply a part of who we are.”

 Mirch Masala is a family affair, with Jindal’s mother, Kanta Jindal, proudly dedicating herself to the task of serving this cuisine. She supports her son’s accomplishments as she joins in the daily operations. Her personal pursuit is to serve the loyal lunch patrons with excellence and cleanliness at both the back and front of the house.

 

 

This quest for quality has allowed Mirch Masala to persevere in what some would consider an oversaturated Indian restaurant market. Currently, over twenty restaurants serving Indian cuisine can be found across Milpitas, some of which are less than a mile from one another.

 Still, over the years, Mirch Masala has met the unpredictability of business with gratitude and positivity, and in great stride. Jindal expressed, “We’ve stayed focused on serving our customers with the utmost respect while consistently providing delicious food.”

 Their dedication to excellence doesn’t stop with owning a restaurant: Jindal’s family is also devoted to philanthropy. For the past four years, they have provided weekly lunches to up to 80 homeless people through the City of San Jose. Jindal himself was the founder of a weekly Sunday homeless feed in Downtown San Jose’s St. James park. His sister now leads the effort of serving 150-200 homeless people each week. “We don’t ask for business advertisement. We only seek to help the homeless who are hungry. We can do this for the homeless in Milpitas as well, if there is a program,” says Jindal.

 Milpitas schools can also reach out to Mirch Masala for donations.

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Mirch Masala

80 Ranch Drive

Milpitas, CA 95035

(408) 956-8468

http://mirchmasalamilpitas.com

 

Nerizza Besabe Manongdo
Nerizza is a parent and a PTA leader at John Sinnott Elementary. She previously held the position of President and continues her participation this year as Communications Chair. Outside of serving her school community, Nerizza is an eBook author and food writer.

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