Our Final Lakh Lakh Dinner, Monday March 23

by Louisa on March 22, 2015

YOZ_4784 Our haft seen from last week’s Norooz dinner. Thanks to Malini Horiuchi of Restaurant Fairy for the photo.

 

After seven months of doing Lakh Lakh, my Persian street food pop-up, it’s time to move on to other projects. But before we wrap it up, we’re going out with a bang tomorrow night. For our final dinner, we’re making some of Iran’s best and most famous offal dishes, including kaleh pacheh, sheep’s head and feet soup! Just for this final night, we are even making mulberry-infused vodka and torshi (mixed vegetable pickle) from scratch. Oh yeah, we will also be serving tahdig, the crispy rice from the bottom of the pot!

Here is our final menu. 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. Questions? Call Porsena at 212 228 4923. Happy Norooz and happy spring, everyone! And thank you Malini Horiuchi from therestaurantfairy.com for taking such lovely pics of our Norooz dinner last week.

Lakh Lakh Menu for Monday March 23, a dinner of lamb offal and odd bits

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

Mast-o musir, shallot yogurt. A condiment eaten with rice, stew, kebab, and other foods.

Sambuseh, crispy phyllo triangles stuffed with lamb sweetbreads, with nigella seeds and spicy tomato coriander sauce

Jigar, lamb liver kebab

Khorak-e Zaban-poached lambs tongue w/ saffron sour cream sauce 

Khorak-e maghz-herb & egg batter fried sheep brains

Sabzi polo, herb rice with tahdig

Kidneys gholveh -lamb kidneys sauteed with butter, tarragon & lime

Kaleh pacheh braised sheep head & shanks with chick peas, meat broth & bread

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Get Your Norooz On!

by Louisa on March 15, 2015

Ash-e-reshtehThe Persian New Year is coming up this weekend at the spring equinox, and we’re celebrating with a Norooz dinner at Porsena on Monday March 16. Over the last few days we’ve been making handmade noodles, tamarind sauce, beet yogurt with mint, and a delicious tangy curd flavored with limoo omani, dried Omani limes, for dessert. It’s going to be delicious. Come join us! We’re at Porsena Extra Bar, 21 E. 7th Street in Manhattan, between 2nd and 3rd. We serve from 5:30-10:30 pm, reservations are recommended. Questions? Call Porsena at 212 228 4923.

Norooz Dinner Menu for Monday March 16

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

Borani chogondar, yogurt with beets and mint. A condiment eaten with rice, stew, kebab, and other foods.

Ash-e reshteh, bean, herb, and noodle soup

Balyg kyukyusu, Azerbaijani style smoked fish and herb omelet

Mahi, fish with tamarind and barberries

Sabzi polo, herb rice

Mini tartlets filled with limoo omani curd

Cocktail: rhubarb sharbat with Prosecco

Green RiceIf you want to learn more about Norooz, I’m also teaching a Norooz cooking class at the wonderful Bowery Whole Foods Culinary Center on Wednesday March 18. Come by and learn how to make kuku sabzi, ash-e reshteh, and other traditional herb-filled dishes for the holiday. On Tuesday night, I’ll be stopping by this Chaharshanbeh Soori – Festival of Fire celebration in the LES. This is the “eve of Red Wednesday,” the last Wednesday of the Persian year, when according to ancient tradition you jump over a fire and symbolically leave all the bad crap from the previous year behind. Who doesn’t want an excuse to do that?

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Lakh Lakh Menu for Monday March 9

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Hey folks, we are braving the inclement weather to bring you Persian food tonight! Come join us. it’ll be warm and cozy at Porsena. 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. Questions? Call Porsena at 212 228 4923.
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Lakh Lakh Menu for December 29

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Good morning! Tonight is the final Lakh Lakh dinner of 2014. We’ll be back on Monday, January 12 in the new year. Have a wonderful holiday, see you in 2015!
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. Questions? Call […]

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Lakh Lakh Menu for Monday December 22

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Hey everyone, yesterday was the longest night of the year, so happy winter solstice, or if you’re Persian, happy Shab-e Yalda! It’s holiday time, and we’ve got a festive menu for you tonight.
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 […]

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