ON THE MENU
• Palak paneer — Spinach based curry cooked with cheese cubes, $5.99
• Beef haleem — Crushed boneless beef slow cooked with lentils and wheat, $5.99
• Chana masala — Chick peas cooked with special herbs and spices, $4.99
• Daal fry — Special lentils cooked with fresh tomatoes and herbs topped with fried garlic and cumin seeds, $3.99
• Egg curry — Traditional curry sauce with boiled eggs, $4.99
3255 Lawrenceville Suwanee Road, Suite 1, Suwanee
Open since: April 1
Owner: Tafseer and Kiran Qamar of Suwanee
Location: Naan Spicy is tucked into the Suwanee Crossroads shopping center adjacent to the Walmart store.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
Atmosphere: Six tables with bright yellow tablecloths seat four guests each at the front corner of the establishment, which also sells groceries, with the shelves lining the middle and rear of the space. Indian music plays in the background.
Menu: Naan Spicy serves Indian and Pakistani cuisine. Popular dishes include the beef or chicken chapli kabab, a Naan Spicy specialty of hand pressed kababs made with exotic herbs and spices and pan fried. The chicken and goat biryani — aromatic basmati rice cooked with chicken curry or sauteed with goat meat — are also popular dishes.
Some of the recipes on the menu have been passed down by Tafseer’s and Kiran’s mothers. The bhindi masala, fresh okra sauteed with onions and tomatoes and garnished with fresh lemon juice, was Kiran’s mother’s recipe, while the recipe for curry pakora, a yogurt based sauce cooked with turmeric spices with onion and spinach fritter dumplings, was passed down by Tafseer’s mother.
Another Naan Spicy specialty is the tandoori naan bread. The Qamars use special flour baked in a clay oven.
“It’s a really nice bread where you don’t have to eat it with any curry, you just eat it by itself,” Kiran said.
The Qamars also make unique naan breads, including garlic naan, jalapeno naan and others.
The restaurant serves sodas — Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero and Sprite — as well as a variety of Indian drinks. Looking for a popular drink? That would be the mango lassi, which is made with mango, yogurt and milk with a little sugar added.
Naan Spicy offers four to six daily specials from the menu and one special dish that’s not on the menu, as well as a long list of daily specials on the weekends. A Sunday lunch buffet is offered from noon to 3 p.m.
Things you might not know: The establishment sells Eastern groceries, including Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Persian, Egyptian and Mediterranean foods, along with fresh halal meat.
Naan Spicy also caters, and delivery is available within a two- to three-mile radius. A delivery fee applies depending on distance.