We were north of our usual Brooklyn haunts on Saturday, went to Spicy Mina for lunch and were blown away. She was on a roll. We ordered a lot more than we could eat and took it home.
Halim - This replaces Mina's samosa chaat, great as it is, as my favorite appetizer. Yellow lentils, fresh ginger, hot pepper pods, cilantro and small pieces of tough but very flavorful lamb. The depth of flavor is amazing. My wife and I could have ordered 10 servings and still not have been sated.
Mango Lassi - Freshly made, with bubbles from the blender still floating up and popping. Slightly less thick than elsewhere, but not cloying and perfectly balanced..
Chicken Jal Fry - Nicely sized chunks of mostly dark meat, fresh ginger, lots of the tiny HOT green peppers (I ordered it hot), bell peppers, red pepper flakes, tomato. Very well flavored, and really hot.
Navratan Vegetable Curry - Tomato, cauliflower, broccoli, tiny lima beans, flat pole beans, potato, carrot, onion, zucchini, yellow squash, all in rich, delectable gravy.
Aam Dal - Yellow lentils, potato, onion, cilantro, clove and flat red hot peppers. Even better than Mina's Dal Fry, with deep flavor.
Saag Ponir - Spinach, cheese, etc. We always have this, and it was great
Onion Kulcha - Nan stuffed (not too much) with onion and a little cilantro. I would have preferred more onion, but the balance was perfect.
Payesh - Soft rice pudding with chopped almonds and raisins. Complimentary.
Mina has taken to putting a couple of dried, flattened hot pepper pods in most dishes, even the mild ones, for the flavor more than the heat. It made a big improvement in everything.
The only question: WHY WAS IT EMPTY FOR WEEKEND LUNCH? She makes some of the finest food in the City and should be jammed around the clock.