Ballantyne Magazine

WINTER 2017-2018

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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Tikka masala features a sweet orange curry flavor. Naan is a light, flavorful Indian bread that's perfect for dipping. Chicken biryani is made with meat marinated in spices and yogurt. The tandoori chicken at Persis is a tasty selection. BALLANTYNE WINTER 2017-2018 42 Feature Persis Biryani Indian Grill Diners should prepare their taste buds for an adventurous experience when they visit Persis Biryani Indian Grill in Ballantyne Quad. Part of a national chain with individual owner-operators, the restaurant has two other Charlotte locations and serves memorable cuisine from both northern and southern India. Known for spices and extensive cooking processes, Indian food is distinctive. Mainstay ingredients include rice, lentils, chickpeas and lamb. The namesake of the restaurant, biryani dishes, can be served with a variety of meats or vegetables and are complicated to prepare. Owner Sandeep Madhukuri explains that the meat marinates in a mixture of spices and yogurt for several hours, then is slowly cooked with rice. This ensures the aroma and flavors infuse each bite. For those new to Indian cuisine, Madhukuri recommends tikka masala, which is often served with chicken. Baked in a clay oven, the dish features a slightly sweet orange curry in a tomato-based sauce. Pairing it with naan, a light and flavorful Indian bread, is the perfect combination. Madhukuri developed a passion for food service after volunteering in the kitchen at his college in India. He learned how the cooking process worked on a large scale and now enjoys bringing a taste of Indian cuisine to the area. Spicing Up the Palate

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