The Helmand

I am not sure why I have been avoiding Afghan food.  That’s silly.

A bunch of us headed over after listening to an empowering Wes Moore at the Enoch Pratt Library.  We were hungry and basically devoured the bread the moment it hit the table.  Thank goodness for the Kaddo Borwani.  They pan fry baby pumpkin and sprinkle it with cinnamon and sugar before they put it in the oven and bake until it is perfectly tender.  They top this yummy goodness with a garlicky yogurt sauce.

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We split a gorgeous bottle of Pinot Noir from the Languedoc region.  It was a little light bodied for me.  It won’t be my first choice next time, but it was fruity with a very smooth finish.  Everyone at the table was discussing their favorites and the difference between Challow and Pallow.  Challow is rice with cinnamon – so sweeter and Pallow is rice with cumin – so a little smokier.  There are a tons of options – beef, lamb or chicken for meat choices and even more vegetarian choices – mushrooms, eggplant, peppers, etc.

IMG_2860I went with the Gorwan Salad.  The salad is baby field greens with cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers with a creamy red onion dressing.  The marinated beef tenderloin wins in this dish; incredibly tender and flavorful.  They serve it with grilled corn on the cob and whole red bliss potatoes.  All my friends got a little mad that I went with the salad and not one of the rice dishes.

It doesn’t matter what you order, get a side (or 5) of the “green sauce” – which I am mostly sure is cilantro – my favorite herb.

 

Helmand Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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