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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 Oven Roasted Seabass with Green Tahini and Pomegranate.

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This week at the pop-up we’re serving a couple of dishes from Azerbaijan. One is fish kebab, or shashlik as they call it there, marinated in pomegranate molasses and sour cream. We served this a few weeks ago and it was a hit. I love how it perfectly brings together Persian and Russian flavors, which you might not think would work well together, but they do.

The other dish is balyg kyukyusu, smoked fish and herb omelet, from this wonderful new cookbook, The Azerbaijani Kitchen. I want to make everything in here. This dish is a version of kuku, the classic Persian baked egg dish that can be filled with anything from herbs to eggplant to pumpkin. This interesting twist with smoked fish is delicious, and we’re using smoked trout from Max Creek Hatchery at the Union Square greenmarket.

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 October 20

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.

Mast-o Musir, yogurt with shallots. A condiment meant to be eaten along with rice, stew, kebab, and other foods.

Sambuseh, crispy phyllo triangles stuffed with cauliflower and walnuts, with nigella seeds and spicy relish

Baal-e morgh, chicken wings with dried lime and sumac

Balyg Kyukyusu, Azerbaijani smoked fish and herb omelet

Khoresh-e Karafs, lamb and celery stew with parsley and mint

Zereshk Polo, rice with barberries and crisp onions

Shashlik, Azerbaijani style fish kebabs with sour cream, scallions, pomegranate seeds

Bastani, saffron ice cream with crushed pistachios

Damnoush, cinnamon and ginger tea

Cocktail: Sekanjabin, tart mint syrup, Prosecco

Photo credit: Armando Rafael for the Wall Street Journal

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Lakh Lakh Menu for Monday October 13

by Louisa on 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 fish called Blackfish or Tautaug (the Native American name) which is deee-licious!

Last week Food Republic came by and gave us this nice write-up. As they mention, we have limited seats here at Porsena Extra Bar, so come by early if you don’t want to wait.

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.

Here is tonight’s menu. Hope to see you there!

Lakh Lakh Menu for Monday October 13

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.

Mast-o Khiar, yogurt with cucumber and mint. A condiment meant to be eaten along with rice, stew, kebab, and other foods.

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

Halim Bademjan, chicken, eggplant, and rice porridge

Piti, Azerbaijani lamb stew with chickpeas and chestnuts

Mahi Kari, Persian Gulf style roasted fish with fenugreek, chile, and tamarind Sauce

Shevid Polo ba Lobia, rice with dill, black-eyed peas, and crisp onions

Kebab-e Torsh, lamb kebabs in sour pomegranate walnut marinade

Bastani nooni, saffron ice cream sandwich with house made cardamom wafers

Damnoush, Shirazi orange blossom and borage tea

Cocktail: Loomi, dried lime tea with Prosecco

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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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Iran Up Close: My Iran Travel Diary, Part 1

September 18, 2014
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My Persian Street Food pop-up started this week! It was a blast to feed people some of the wonderful dishes I tasted in Iran. All the info about the pop-up is here. Now that the pop-up is up and running, look for my Iran travelogue over the next few months, running concurrently with the dinners [...]

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Lakh Lakh: Iranian Street Food Pop-Up at Porsena

September 7, 2014
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I’m thrilled to announce that I’m starting a weekly Monday night pop-up dinner featuring Iranian street food and home cooking. The dinners are based on the food I tasted during my month of traveling in Iran. The guy above is selling crisp and juicy green almonds in the shell at Tabriz Bazaar, you eat them [...]

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Put Persian food on the cover of Edible Brooklyn!

August 26, 2014
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A few weeks back, Edible Brooklyn editor (the inimitable) Rachel Wharton, and photographer Lauren Volo came to visit me in Williamsburg. I prepared a feast for them – nine different dishes! – of food that I tasted in Iran. Although we eventually sat down and ate, it wasn’t until Lauren had gorgeously photographed all of [...]

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Travels with Jason

July 28, 2014
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I’ve been wanting to write about my recent trip to Iran, but it was such a wonderful, mind-blowing experience, with so many facets, that it has been challenging to know where to start. Unfortunately last week I got the kick in the pants that I needed to start writing: my good friend Jason Rezaian, an [...]

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