Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tikka Tikka Taco Truck Looks to Kickstarter for Startup Help

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 11:30 AM

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Do you like Indian food? Do you patronize food trucks? Do you have even one measly dollar to spare?

Michael Swaleh wants to talk to you.

Swaleh and his brother, Shaun, have turned to Kickstarter to raise $60,000 to buy the food truck that will launch their concept, Tikka Tikka Taco.

Michael Swaleh tells Gut Check that Tikka Tikka Taco will draw from the Indian and Pakistani recipes that he and his brother have enjoyed throughout their lives -- recipes that they believe they've refined for a contemporary American audience: "What we're looking to do is to take [these] recipes, which we've been adapting, and serve them in a pretty simple format."

For example, a video on Tikka Tikka Taco's Kickstarter profile shows the Swalehs folding grilled chicken into a tortilla to make a taco, highlighting its flavors as they do so: ginger, garlic, coriander, cumin. A dollop of what looks like raita finishes the dish.

The Swalehs, California natives, grew up around restaurants: Their uncle owned both an Italian restaurant and a sandwich shop. Shaun worked in the Italian restaurant for several years as a teenager and will be in charge of the Tikka Tikka Taco truck's daily operations

(Shaun recently was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army at the rank of sergeant. His time with the 101st Airborne Division included a tour of Afghanistan.)

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