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Dhamaka Duo Brings Fiery Chicken, Indian Groceries to Brooklyn’s Park Slope

The team behind the destination spots Dhamaka and Rowdy Rooster are reviving Masalawala in their first foray outside Manhattan.

Chef and partner Chintan Pandya and restaurateur Roni Mazumdar in the dining room at Dhamaka at Essex Street Market on the Lower East Side. 

Chef and partner Chintan Pandya and restaurateur Roni Mazumdar in the dining room at Dhamaka at Essex Street Market on the Lower East Side. 

Photographer: Clay Williams/Bloomberg

On Sept. 15, Masalawala will open its doors as one of New York City’s most anticipated restaurants this year. And when you eat there, you can also shop for the ingredients.

Chef and co-owner Chintan Pandya will serve foods from Kolkata, along with his take on under-the-radar specialties from across India. On the shelves that line one wall of the restaurant, in Brooklyn’s Park Slope, will be spices and other products from small producers. They’ll be freshly packaged, top-quality items in small amounts, so ingredients such as cinnamon and coriander seed don’t stay sitting around in home pantries well past their prime.