Lakh Lakh Menu for Monday March 2

by Louisa on March 1, 2015

IMG_1568-Version-2-523x348Even though it snowed all afternoon, I know winter is going to end because the spring equinox is three weeks away. With that comes Norooz, the Persian New Year, and I’ll be celebrating with a Norooz dinner at Porsena on March 16. The menu is full of herbs and spring ingredients, including an Azerbaijani smoked fish and herb omelet, roasted fish with tamarind and barberries, and mini tartlets filled with tangy limoo omani custard. See the full menu and all details here.

2015-0106_olives-lemons-zaatar_green-kitchen-travels-070I’m also aware of time passing because Food52’s 2015 Piglet cookbook tournament is well under way, yeehaw! 2014 kicked off with a bang when The New Persian Kitchen won last year, but now it’s almost time for the new champ to be crowned. As per tradition, I judged two cookbooks in this year’s running: the excellent Olives, Lemons, and Za’atar, and Green Kitchen Travels. Read my review and see if you agree.

Tomorrow night at the regular Monday night Lakh Lakh Persian sdinner, we’re featuring recipes from Azerbaijan, Iran, and Pakistan. There are only a few more dinners after tomorrow night, as our final dinner is March 23, so come join us before we say goodbye!

Here’s tonight’s 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.

Lakh Lakh Menu for Monday March 2

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 rustic sandwich.

Tarator, Turkish style cucumber yogurt with walnuts and herbs. A condiment meant to be eaten with rice, stew, kebab, and other foods.

Sambuseh, crispy phyllo triangles stuffed with spinach and soft white cheese, with nigella seeds and spicy tomato coriander sauce

Eshkeneh, egg drop soup with onions, fenugreek, and turmeric

Jigar, lamb liver kebab

Khoresht-e narenj, chicken stew with oranges, saffron, almonds, and pistachios

Pakistani ground lamb kebabs stuffed with ginger and mint

Balgabag plov, Azerbaijani style rice with pumpkin and saffron

Cocktail: sour orange sharbat with Prosecco

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Lakh Lakh Menu for Monday February 23

by Louisa on February 23, 2015

16306486699_44c6503c3c_oWe’re back tonight to bring you the next installment of Lakh Lakh! With recipes from Gilan Province, Azerbaijan, and Pakistan – Iran’s neighbor to the south. Here’s a piece I wrote for Food52 about the cookbooks that have been inspiring my menus recently. These are all wonderful books about Silk Road cooking and beyond, do check them out! Oh, and if you’re into cookbooks, Food52’s 2015 Piglet tournament of cookbooks has begun. Very exciting.

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Also this past week, the food writer and photographer Erin Scott cooked up a batch of my Persian Matzo Ball Soup and took such a gorgeous photo that I had to share it with you. She’s pretty damn talented, check out her gluten-free cookbook Yummy Supper. Finally, PopSugar Food shared my recipe for Beet Yogurt. This one is a regular on my Lakh Lakh menus because it’s so tasty, colorful, and fitting for this season.

5a40b967_Beet-Mint-Yogurt.xxxlarge_2xHere’s tonight’s 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.

Lakh Lakh Menu for Monday February 23

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 rustic sandwich.

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

Sambuseh, crispy phyllo triangles stuffed with chickpeas, potatoes, and onions, with nigella seeds and spicy tomato coriander sauce

Ash-e kadu tanbal, pumpkin porridge with rice and lentils

Lavangi-ye mahi, Astara style stuffed fish with walnuts, pomegranate molasses, and herbs

Azerbaijani style ground lamb kebabs with chile peppers and herbs

Tikka, Pakistani style skewered chicken with ginger, lemons, and garam masala

Polo ba konjed, rice with sesame, ginger, and almonds

Cocktail: sour cherry sharbat with Prosecco

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Lakh Lakh Menu for Monday February 9

February 9, 2015
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I got inspiration this week from a fascinating cookbook called The Silk Road Gourmet, Volume One: Western and Southern Asia, by Laura Kelley. It gives an overview of the food of every country between The Republic of Georgia and Sri Lanka, along with several recipes. The book allows you to see how food morphs along […]

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Lakh Lakh Menu for Monday February 2

February 2, 2015
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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 Monday January 12 + Cooking with Pomegranates

January 11, 2015
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Happy 2015! I hope you’re feeling inspired by the start of a new year. I’m grateful for the week I had off, it was good to get away from my computer and just cook fresh food, light fires in the fireplace, and read. Where I was staying, there was a copy of Ruth Reichl’s new […]

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Lakh Lakh Menu for December 29

December 29, 2014
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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

December 22, 2014
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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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Persian Hanukkah Dinner at Porsena

December 16, 2014
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Happy Hanukkah! It’s time to celebrate the holiday of foods fried in olive oil.
Join us at Porsena tonight as we celebrate with a Persian Hanukkah menu that brings in regional Iranian tastes from the Caspian Sea, the Persian Gulf, and Azerbaijan. We put so much love into tonight’s dinner, and filled it with seasonal ingredients […]

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Lakh Lakh Menu for Monday 12/8 + Underground Gourmet Review in NY Magazine!

December 8, 2014
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We are super excited to be reviewed in The Underground Gourmet this week! The story features two pop ups, one of which is Lakh Lakh. It includes lots of gorgeous food photos taken by Carolyn Griffin from NY Mag.

Also, I recently had the pleasure of eating dinner with the inimitable Cathy Erway, author of the […]

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Lakh Lakh Menu for December 1

December 1, 2014
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Good morning! I hope everyone had a delicious Thanksgiving.
Here’s tonight’s 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.
Lakh Lakh Menu for Monday December 1
Sabzi Khordan, herb and cheese plate with bread. […]

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