Here is the info for the event below. Im quite excited about this one. Limited seats so book soon.
"As part of our focus to bring forth unique and special food that's found in India. We're doing a Persian food pop-up with Cafe Shiraz, an authentic Iranian restaurant in Chennai. Nasrin Karimi, the owner of Cafe Shiraz left Iran during the days of the revolution and settled in Chennai. She's a wonderful cook and has taken upon her to preserve her family's recipes.
The Pop-up is on two days - November 23rd and 24th. Only in the evening. 8pm onwards.
The price per person for this event is Rs.1800 all inclusive for the food. This is a wonderful opportunity to savour some brilliant Persian food cooked by a wonderful and warm person.
To confirm your seats for the dinner please call 9560080516. "
Will take place at Greenhouse, Olive bar and kitchen, Mehrauli, New Delhi. A Moving Kitchen event
A lot of our Northern Indian food has heavy Persian influences, kebabs, biryani, kormas - so its easy for many to just write it off as bland, when eating similar dishes . I for one think it's rich in its subtlety. Fewer ingredients and spices but no less robust in flavour. It had been a while since I got my hands on such incredible Iranian food. A big thank you to Chef Nasrin Karimi and to Mohit Balachandra of The Moving Kitchen - for putting it all together!
This is what you missed:
Course by course... *All dishes were served with rice - either saffron, dill or lentil & orange peel rice.
- Aash - "A hearty Persian soup made from oats, dill and mint" Topped with Kashk (Dried yoghurt made from fermented goat's milk). Some loved it some not at all. Yes I loved it.
- Hummus & Masto Bademjan (Roast Eggplant blended w/ Kashk)
- Kobideh Kebob - Mutton kebabs - So simple yet flavoursome. We were told that all they contained is mutton, onions and salt!
- Jojeh Kebob - "Chargrilled chicken marinated in a rich saffron & cream marinade"
- Ghalyeh Mahi - "Fish cooked in a superb blend of tamarind, coriander, kasturi methi & kashk" - I really liked this one as well. Had this slight bitterness that you'd get from mustard greens - but I was told there wasn't any. Delicious with some saffron or dill rice!
- Shiraz-Style Plum Chicken - This was probably the only dish I was not a fan of. It tasted too much like marmalade, and with that chicken floating around in my "marmalade" it was too much for me to take.
- Shiraz-Style Pollow w/ Orange Peel - I could eat a bowl of this on its own. In fact I think I did!
Ghormez Subzi - Mutton cooked w/ Celery, Cilantro & spinach
- Fesenjan - "Preparation of Iranian pomegranate puree & walnuts" A molasses of sorts. This was part of the vegetarian menu but I was curious to try it. Lets just say it's an acquired taste.
- Khoresht Bademjan - "Kid lamb on the bone cooked in a robust gravy of red onions and tomato w/eggplant" - My only complaint was that it should have come earlier - like a friend said at the time "reverse the batting order". I am a huge fan of Bourani Banjan - which is a similarly robust eggplant dish and this just went a notch ahead by adding meat in it. It was absolutely delicious! And despite exploding at the seams by the time it arrived, I could not put my spoon down. Would have been amazing with some khubz type bread but either way a winner.