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R.I.P. Mukhi Singh, Twisted Tandoor, Tucson

R.I.P. Mukhi Singh, Twisted Tandoor, Tucson

Twisted Tandoor Tucson
Muhki Singh & Kim Silver

The Tucson food community is collaborative and when one of their own dies, it’s shocking especially when suddenly, as is the case of Mukhi Singh, owner of the wildly popular The Twisted Tandoor food truck.

Pictured in the above photo with Singh is Kim Silver, No Kill Pima County board member and friend. “Mukhi was a friend to the animals and always supported animal causes when he could,” said Kim. “He was a very compassionate, genuine man with tremendous integrity and a zest for life and making connections with people.”

Kim’s words echo my own and probably dozens if not hundreds of people who knew him. Just last Sunday, I saw Mukhi at the Sunday Heirloom Farmers Market. Since it was so unbearably hot, unlike other Sundays, the demand for his special Indian breakfast offerings was lighter than usual and Mukhi had time to talk and told me he was excited that his brick-and-mortar restaurant was opening soon.

Twisted Tandoor Tucson
The Twisted Tandoor food truck

Last year when I was freelancing for the Arizona Foothills Magazine online I wrote this: In the Tucson food truck community when one food truck praises another for being the best – people take notice. Food truck fanatics seeking Indian street food have been lining up at The Twisted Tandoor. Owner Mukhi Singh says his menu reflects authentic Indian food, the kind his mother and grandmother made not the kind usually served for the American palate. The Twisted Tandoor uses spices like outer bark cinnamon, black cardamom vs. the more common green cardamom, and asafetida. Singh even grows curry leaves in his backyard. Try the tandoori chicken plate with basmati rice, onion and tomato salad, green chutney, and a squeeze of lemon for tang.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. My sincere condolences to his family. You can follow The Twisted Tandoor on facebook. According to their page, the family will be hosting a celebration of Mukhi’s life on Saturday, August 29 at the restaurant, 427 E. Limberlost from 11 AM-2 PM.

Karyn Zoldan

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