Chutney Masala Teams Up with Feeding Westchester to serve free Indian-inspired Thanksgiving meal to Westchester Residents in Need

by Katie Schlientz

All are Welcome at Chutney Masala Indian Bistro for Thanksgiving Lunch Thursday

Irvington, NY—Chutney Masala’s Chef Navjot Arora has partnered with Feeding Westchester to serve an Indian-inspired Thanksgiving meal to Westchester residents in need. Meals will be served to residents of Shepards Flock, with transportation to the restaurant generously donated by Silverstar Limousine Company. However, Chutney Masala will be open to anyone who needs a meal this Thanksgiving Thursday, November 22nd from 12-2 p.m.

Chef Arora’s menu for the day includes: turkey meatballs masala, tandoori chicken wings, cumin-seasoned potatoes, house-baked naan bread, cranberry chutney with mango yogurt, and a carrot and green bean poriyal. Guests will also leave with a small gift of Indian snack mix.

“I want to showcase the Thanksgiving spirit in a slightly different way. Plus, it’s all family style,” Arora said. “It will encourage mingling and eating together.”

Last year, the co-owner and executive chef transformed his Alphabet City restaurant, Old Monk, into a soup kitchen offering a similar menu. He served over 600 turkey meatballs in a curry sauce flavored with fennel-seed powder to those in need.

For the past two years, his two Irvington eateries—Chutney Masala and Sambal Thai & Malaysian—participated in IntoxiKate’s Eating for Orange, a social media effort with Feeding Westchester to help raise awareness about the one in five people in the county who qualify as food insecure. After his participation last year, Arora decided to donate a portion of a month’s proceeds from both restaurants to Feeding Westchester. This year, he wanted to do more.

“We are so inspired by Feeding Westchester, we challenged our team to see how we could do more to help this year,” he said. “A free Thanksgiving meal was one way to help, but also to express our gratitude for all they do for the Westchester community.”

Arora, Executive Chef and co-owner, grew up in Jalandhar Punjab, India and graduated from one of the country’s most prominent culinary institutes. He then honed his skills working under master chefs for the prestigious Taj Group of Hotels in India. Arora and his wife, Anu, moved to New York City where he put to work his experience and passion for healthy Indian cuisine as the Executive Chef, for the critically acclaimed Café Spice Restaurant Group. He currently co-owns Chutney Masala, Sambal Thai & Malaysian (both in Irvington, NY), and Old Monk in NYC.

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