MANKATO, Minn. -- India Palace is more than just a place of gathering for friends and family, it is a tasty trip to Northern India.  

Owner Amarpal Mand said the India Palace in Mankato, is the second location in Minnesota. 

"India Palace was founded in 2003, with our location in Eden Prairie, it's been 15 years there," said Mand.

" In 2014 we decided to open our second location in Mankato."

People from all over Minnesota drop by, to immerse themselves in the South- Central Asian cultural, opening their eyes to a different lifestyle outside of the United States. 
 
The Mand family moved from Northern India to United States in the 1990s, and fell in love with the restaurant business.

Their culture has heavily influenced their menu and how they make their dishes.

Chef Nilesh Betkar said one of these methods is using the clay oven for naan bread and other items.
 
" You can see that it's a really hot temperature and this is for the grill [kebabs] and my garlic naan," said Betkar.  

" And it will take time just 40 seconds." 
 
As one walks into the restaurant, they would notice the significance of family, friends, culture and more.

The staff were very sweet, working hard but with a smile on their faces, and who could blame them, hen they are surrounded by delicious food.
 
"This is what I call the India Palace Special Grill, the Chicken Tika Masala, our Royal Basmati Rice, Garlic Naan and Lachha Paratha," said Mand. 
 
This mouthwatering food is sure to satisfy anyone's  taste buds. However, if you still have doubts, the Mand family wants you to know one thing. 
 
"Indian food isn't really spicy, some people might have the misconception that it's super spicy, said Mand.

" Or that curry is the same as you know a lot of Chinese Curry or Japanese Curry. "

India Palace has a wide variety of food and they can accommodate for any dish or any spice level, just let them know.

-- KEYC News 12