Italian-Indian Fusion To Pop Up At Kozy Korner July 23

Italian-Indian fusion

‘Chopped’ chef Reuben Dhanawade will provide his butter hen sando at the Kozy Korner Italian-Indian fusion pop-up.


Fusion cuisine is nothing at all new, but Nick Vouras of Kozy Korner and Nick’s Pizza in Wilmington and “Chopped” alum Reuben Dhanawade are using it to the subsequent amount.

The buddies will hold a “Pizza and Sandos” popup Saturday, July 23 that includes Vouras’ Detroit-design pizza (possibly purple or white) and Dhanawade’s fried butter chicken “sando,” short for a sandwich.

The cuisines will collide on the unique Detroit-design butter chicken pizza.

Kozy Korner konnection 

Dhanawade’s dish is a riff on the nicely-known butter chicken, or murgh makhana, which has a loaded, creamy tomato sauce and is generally served around rice.

Kozy Korner Italian-Indian pop-up

Reuben Dhanawade

The chef, who lately appeared on a finale of the Food Network’s “Chopped,” was motivated by the Buffalo fried hen sandwich.

In its place of buttermilk, however, he utilizes yogurt to marinate the chicken before supplying it a crispy coating built with flour and Indian spices.

The spicy butter rooster sauce replaces Buffalo sauce, and cilantro lime cream gives the cooling counterpoint that blue cheese typically offers.

He also provides pickled onion.

“Because in my view, each and every sandwich demands a pickle part,” he spelled out.

Dhanawade gave the sandwich a demo run at a popup in Pittsburgh.

“A superior pal and restauranteur is out there — Ivan Silva of Mi Empanada,” the University of Delaware chef explained.

“We experienced been speaking about collaborating, and it progressed into me undertaking my own factor for him.”

Italian-Indian fusion

Nick Vouras’ Detroit-model pizza will be obtainable at the July 23 pop-up at Kozy Korner.


Dhanawade is basking in newfound fame just after starring on the “Chopped” special. The winner could choose a work as a sous chef with one particular of the 3 judges: Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant or Chris Santos.

Chauhan, the Indian American chef, would have been a natural choice for Dhanawade, who has been exploring his family’s culinary roots. However, he was eliminated in the entrée round of the finale.

Nevertheless, the chef has received various gives and has invited followers to “stay tuned” for his next phase.

Meal and dessert

The very first is the July 23 popup, which allows Dhanawade introduce his delicacies to the community. In addition to pizza and sandwiches, the duo will give a rice pudding termed kheer.

The cost is $12 for the red pie, $13 for the white pie and $17 for the butter chicken pizza. The sandwich, which comes with chips, is $15, and the dessert is $6.

Prospects can preorder by texting Vouras at 302-547-0380 or messaging him on Instagram, @nickspizza302. Pickup is concerning 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on July 23 at Kozy Korner, 906 N. Union St., Wilmington.