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WHERE I ATE: Curry Masala, 2050 W. Main St., Suite 7

WHAT I ORDERED: Rice with spinach-lentil curry and cauliflower coconut curry

THE VERDICT: With the Journal dangerously close to Curry Masala's downtown location, the Indian restaurant has had a cult following in our newsroom. One former reporter made the trek across the back parking lot almost daily, returning with a heaping plate of food and a big smile on his face.

I hadn't eaten there in awhile, but we had a hankering for fast food that was healthy, so we decided to try the westside location. It didn't disappoint.

The spinach-lentil curry was hearty and tasty, but the cauliflower curry — featuring carrots, peas, tomatoes and coconut milk — was truly addictive. It was delicate and slightly sweet; it didn't last long.

With the Indian music playing in the background and grocery products like tamarind, fennel powder, tandoori marinade and masoor dal (red split lentils) on the shelves, it's almost like taking a quick culinary vacation. And it is quick. The food is served no-frills cafeteria style, ideal if you're in a rush.

Curry Masala hosts occasional cooking classes; call 716-7788.

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— Deanna Darr, Journal staff

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