Saturday, May 2, 2015


by Mary Kennedy                             

Five stars for Rasika at 633 D Street NW in Washington DC!  Had an amazing lunch there with my husband, son and some delightful Brit relatives from "across the pond."  Loved the idea of "small plates." A dozen or so "small plates" appeared and as soon as we shared them and gobbled them up, more appeared, as if by magic.                                                 
It's hard to pick a favorite but the "crispy spinach" was at the top of my list. It's called Palaak and consists of crispy baby spinach, sweet yogurt and a tamarind and date chutney. The spinach is as crisp as "kale chips" and I'd love to make it at home, but wouldn't know where to start.

Another delicious choice was Cauliflower Bezule which is cauliflower in a marinated sauce with green chilis and curry leaves. Delish!
Other winners were Tandoori salmon, Spiced potatoes with chick peas, tamarind date mint chutney and Mango Shrimp with ginger.
Be sure to try the White Asparagus Uttapam with mustard seeds, curry leaves, green chili and coconut chutney. Fabulous!
And talk about travelling in style!  No worries about parking because we used Uber. If you're not familiar with Uber, you can order a car and driver with your mobile phone and one appears in minutes.
If you get to DC, be sure to try this amazing restaurant~
Mary Kennedy


Duffy Brown said...

Oh, Mary, this sounds soo good. Makes me want to go to DC just to eat! Yummmm.

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

It was fabulous, Duffy. I loved the idea of "small plates" and sharing. The crispy spinach was my favorite. It was amazing.

Anonymous said...

Mary---I have a friend who is originally from India who is also a good cook. I will ask her if she has a recipe for Palaak and, if so, will pass it on to you. She's vegetarian so won't have any of the meat/chicken dishes. Cordella

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Hi Cordelia, I forgot to mention that I'm vegetarian, too, so all the "veggie" dishes were headed my way. They were fabulous. I would love to go back there. Thank you so much, I would love to learn how to make Palaak.

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Cordelia, I found this thread, apparently a lot of people want to make Rasika's
"crispy spinach" recipe .

Lorraine Bartlett said...

I have not had really good Indian food in over a year. (That's because I made it myself.) Must get Mr. L to take me to our favorite local Indian restaurant soon. The best Indian food I ever ate was in Dublin. It was just some little restaurant. Mr. L ordered spaghetti, but I got some Indian dish. OMG -- it was the best. 2nd best Indian food? A take-away in Portsmouth, England near where my aunt used to live.

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Dublin and Portsmouth?? That's wild, Lorraine!! Rasika totally changed my ideas on Indian food and now I am dying to make some. I checked some of the foodie loops and apparently the crispy spinach at Rasika's if "flash-fried" and then topped with sweetened and a date-tamarind chutney. It sounds a bit daunting, but it was so good, I think I'll have to try making it.