Finding a host of tasty Indian dishes in Brisbane isn't hard to do, but finding healthy yet hearty meals is another matter. Boasting vegan as well as gluten-, nut- and dairy-free options, that's the gap It's Mirchi Healthy Indian Restaurant hopes to fill from its base on Paddington's busy Given Terrace. Even a quick glance at their menu shows that they're on the right track.
Dining wise, whether eating in or taking away, that includes nutritious takes on all the usual curries, complete with a choice of free-range chicken and organic lamb. Salad and vegetarian concoctions comprise a substantial portion of their offerings, alongside snacks such as roasted — rather than fried — poppadoms, and the delicious delight that is their avocado milkshake.
It's not all about the food at It's Mirchi, though, with the figure behind the feast just as important as what she's cooking up. One of Australia's finest female Indian chefs, Urvashi, heads up the restaurant's kitchen in a departure from the typically male-oriented profession — and she's not just defying convention but sharing recipes handed down from her mother. That sounds like boundary-breaking, wellbeing-friendly yumminess.