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Read the Indy Star feature: SPICE BOX TRUCK DELIVERS TOP-NOTCH INDIAN FOOD

Read the Indy Star feature: SPICE BOX TRUCK DELIVERS TOP-NOTCH INDIAN FOOD

SPICE BOX TRUCK DELIVERS TOP-NOTCH INDIAN FOOD
By Ashley Petry
Star correspondent

When the Spice Box food truck started its engine in January of last year, co-owner Nitin Naidu was unsure.

Would Indianapolis diners be receptive to his family’s home-style Indian food, which uses different oils and spices from the Northern Indian cuisine usually featured at local restaurants?

“People here have diverse palates and are willing to try different things,” he said.

“It gets me excited because I can introduce more and more authentic Indian food and know they’ll at least try it.”

The food truck is known for its butter chicken and chicken tikki masala. Another top seller is the Spice Wrap with marinated chicken and caramelized onions inside a tortilla-like whole wheat roti.

Vegetarians will appreciate the channa, a dish of chickpeas cooked with spices, tomatoes and onions.

Spice Box’s recipes were developed by Naidu’s mother, who worked as a caterer in India before coming to the United States.

“She collected all those recipes, and when we moved to America, she found it cumbersone to make the same dishes,” Naidu said. “She simplified everything, and she taught me along the way. I learned those recipes from her.”

Irvington resident Jonathan Katz recently tried the butter chicken, which was served with shrimp and basmati rice. He said he appreciated the fast service and the fact that the food wasn’t too spicy, so he could taste its true flavor.

“It was almost gourmet-quality Indian food,” he said. “The quality and freshness certainly beat many of the buffets where the food will sit out for a while.”

Prices range from $7 to $9. The truck focuses on lunch service Wednesday through Friday, with occasional fours on other weekdays and Saturdays.

Locations vary, but diners can track the truck on Twitter @spiceboxindy.

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