World Tour: India in DC

[ 1 ] May 25, 2012 |

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Not everyone has the chance, or the money or the  United Airlines points to cash in, to hop up, book flights and take their taste buds on a culinary journey. That is why I am a fan of events that restaurants host to take their patrons and their taste buds on a journey, right from the dining room of said restaurant. The Bombay Club in DC will be hosting a month-long event of this nature that they are calling a “Culinary Journey”, and will feature culinary greatness from different regions of India. Prepared by Executive Chef Nilesh Singhvi (who previously worked for the exclusive Taj Group of Hotels, the leading luxury hotel chain in India), these meals will represent the following regions of India:

Goan/Manglorean  (Featured June 1st through 9th)
Known for its seafood, fresh coconut milk, rice and local spices,  Goan’s cuisine is influenced by its Hindu origins, Portuguese colonialism and modern techniques. Featured dishes from this region will include:

  • Prawn and Bhindi Curry with coconut, chili pepper and coriander
  • Crab Xec Xec with toasted coconut, onion and toasted spices
  • Pork Vindaloo with onion and peri peri masala
  • Cauliflower Sukkem with mustard, curry leaves and ginger
  •  Tender Coconut Caramel Pudding (Dessert)
  • Coconut Soufflé (Dessert)

Rajasthani  (Featured June 11th through 16th)
Influenced by both the war-like lifestyles of its inhabitants and the availability of ingredients in this arid region, this region uses dry fruits and nuts, spices and yogurt in many delicacies. Featured dishes from this region will include:

  • Kheere Ki Kachori with cucumber, flour and yogurt
  • Achari Titar with yogurt, mustard, cumin, fennel and onion seeds
  • Handi Bootha with lamb, onion, cashew, garam masala
  • Rajasthani Gatte with gram flour, yogurt and chili peppers
  • Mangodi Pulao with rice and lentil dumplings, as well as Dal Panchmel with five lentils, onion and tomato
  • Shrikhand with yogurt and candy sugar (Dessert)
  • Dal Badam Halwa with almond, lentil and sugar (Dessert)

Mughlai (Featured June 18th through 23rd)
Strongly influenced by the Muslim, Persian and Turkic cuisines of West and Central Asia, the cuisine of this area can vary from extremely mild to spicy. Featured dishes from this region will include:

  • Murgh Parcha Kebab with chicken, ginger, garlic and spices
  • Paneer Pudina Tikka with mint, yogurt and garlic
  • Awadhi Murg with chicken, yogurt, onion, almonds and mace
  • Dum Ki Macchli with fish, roasted gram flour, yogurt and cashews
  • Khumb Kasoori Zafran with shitake, fenugreek, saffron and yogurt
  • Bharwan Shimla Mirch Ke Anar with peppers, potatoes, peas, paneer and tomatoes
  • Seviyon Ka Muzaffar with vermicelli, milk and almonds (Dessert)
  • Phirni with rice, milk and pistachios (Dessert)

Hyderabadi (Featured June 25th through 30th)
Heavily influenced by Turkish, Arabic, Mughlai and Tandoori cultures, the cuisine of this region is made with specific attention to the hand-picked in ingredients and the temperature at which dishes are prepared. Coconut, tamarind, peanuts and sesame seeds make up the key flavors of this region. Featured dishes from this area will include:

  • Shikampuri Kabab with lamb, lentils, caramelized onion and garam masala
  • Shrimp Moille with onion, coconut, curry leaves and clove
  • Achari Gosht Ki Pasliyan with lamb chops, onion, yogurt, mustard, fennel and onion seeds
  • Chicken Chettinad with onion, coconut, fennel, tomato and curry leaves
  • Aloo Dhaniya Korma with potato, coriander, yogurt and onion
  • Mirch Baingan Ka Salan with eggplant, jalapeno, sesame, coconut and coriander
  • Khubani Ka Meetha, stewed apricots (Dessert)
  • Pal Payasam with milk, rice and jaggery (Dessert)

Talk about a spread! The Bombay Club is truly offering four different adventures for your senses next month that will leave a lasting impression. You can get your eyes, mouth and bellies full at this event for $52 per person or $78 with wine pairings (excluding tax and gratuity) for each of the dinners. To make reservation for a single dinner or the series, guests can call (202) 659-3727 and visit


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