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Lakh Lakh Menu for Monday November 10

by Louisa on November 10, 2014

image1One of the best things about doing the pop-up is meeting the many Iranians and Iranian Americans who have found their way to Lakh Lakh. It’s deeply satisfying when Iranians taste the food and tell me that it reminds them of home, or that they’re excited to see Persian food being prepared and presented with so much love. One such person is my new pal Kevin M., wearing the striped oxford in the photo above, who brought in a bunch of friends, Persian and non-Persian, and who sent me this great pic from a few weeks back. Thank you Kevin, you made my night!

Below is tonight’s menu. We’re serving Morgh-e torsh, a chicken stew filled with green herbs that I learned when I was visiting the area near the Caspian Sea in the North of Iran. It was a hit last time we made it. We’re also making saffron sharbat, a traditional infused drink with a little sugar, to go in tonight’s cocktail. As usual, we’re at Porsena Extra Bar, 21 E. 7th Street in Manhattan, between 2nd and 3rd. We serve from 5:30-10 pm, no reservations. Any questions about seating, call Porsena at 212 228 4923.

Lakh Lakh Menu for Monday November 10

Sabzi Khordan, herb and cheese plate with lavash bread. Traditionally eaten by tucking herbs, feta, radishes, and walnuts into the lavash and folding it into a rustic sandwich.

Borani esfenaj, yogurt with sautéed spinach and herbs. A condiment meant to be eaten along with rice, stew, kebab, and other foods.

Sambuseh, crispy phyllo triangles stuffed with ground lamb and potatoes, with nigella seeds and spicy relish

Dal adas, Southern Iranian style red lentil soup with ginger, curry, and tamarind

Balyg, Azerbaijani style baked fish marinated in saffron, with caramelized onions and pomegranate seeds

Morgh-e torsh, Gilan style chicken and green herb stew

Albalu Polo, rice with sour cherries, cinnamon, and saffron

Kabab-e torsh, lamb kebab in pomegranate walnut marinade

Bastani nooni, pistachio ice cream sandwich with house made cardamom wafer

Cocktail: saffron sharbat with Prosecco

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Lakh Lakh Menu for Monday November 3

November 3, 2014
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Did everyone watch last night’s episode of Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, featuring Iran? I only got to see parts of it, but what I saw was great. It reflected what I encountered in Iran and have been trying to explain to people–there are friendly folks and good food in Iran!
In anticipation of last night’s episode, Food […]

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Lakh Lakh Menu for Monday October 27

October 27, 2014
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I’m very excited this week because we’ve been trying out different brands of lavash bread, and nothing has been quite perfect. Tonight, someone is bringing us barbari and lavash from Mt Ararat Bakery in Long Island, it’s supposed to be amazing.
The person bringing the bread is a man named Vahid who came to the 3rd […]

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Lakh Lakh Menu for October 20 + Tahini in the Wall St Journal

October 20, 2014
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I’m excited that this past week I got to write about tahini for the Wall Street Journal. This is one of my favorite ingredients. Check out the story, it includes recipes from Yotam Ottolenghi, Alex Stupak of Empellón Taqueria, and Maura Kilpatrick of Oleana and Sofra in Boston. The photo above is of Yotam Ottolenghi’s […]

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Lakh Lakh Menu for Monday October 13

October 13, 2014
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I just finished making a sauce of tamarind, onions, garlic, fenugreek, and cilantro for tonight’s Mahi Kari, aka Southern Iranian style curry fish, and it smells amazing here. Above is what this dish looked like when I had it in Iran, but ours will look a bit different tonight. And we’re using a locally sourced […]

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Sambuseh: Persian Samosas with Lentils & Nigella Seeds

October 9, 2014
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Right around now is the start of the ancient Zoroastrian holiday Mehregan, a celebration of the harvest that you might call the Persian Thanksgiving. It was celebrated in Iran for millennia, and though it’s not observed so much there now, it’s actually making a comeback among Iranian expats in the US and elsewhere. In honor […]

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Lakh Lakh Menu for October 6 + Feature in Tasting Table

October 6, 2014
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Last week we were thrilled to have the folks from Tasting Table come by and write about the food at Lakh Lakh, my weekly pop-up. To get a sense of what Lakh Lakh is all about, check out this story and the gorgeous food photos by Lizzie Munro that accompany it. The photo above is […]

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Lakh Lakh Menu for September 29, 2014

September 29, 2014
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It’s my birthday, and it’s also the 3rd installment of Lakh Lakh, my Persian street food pop-up at Porsena Extra Bar. We’ll be serving a sharbat cocktail made from tarragon and cucumber. A sharbat is a traditional Persian beverage made from flower, fruit, or herb essences, and is served in the kind of pitchers you […]

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Tonight’s Lakh Lakh Menu + My Story in Edible BK

September 22, 2014
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Check out the beautiful new Travel Issue of Edible Brooklyn, out today. I wrote a story in it about my trip to Iran, and the wonderful people who fed me there. There’s a lot of other great stuff in the issues, like Cathy Erway’s story about Taiwan! All the gorgeous photos are by Lauren Volo.
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