Pan Asian: Baigan Bharta (Smoky Roasted Eggplant in Tomato Puree) – India

 Baigan Bharta is an iconic dish that you’ve, no doubt, enjoyed at your local Indian eatery. It basically translates to “Eggplant with minced vegetables,” which is a description that hardly does justice to this delicious preparation. Complex, in a smoky, sweet, spicy, savory kind of way, Baigan Bharta thrills the taste buds, and lacking any … Continue reading Pan Asian: Baigan Bharta (Smoky Roasted Eggplant in Tomato Puree) – India

Pan Asian: Bonjon Borani (Braised Spicy Eggplant) — Afghanistan

I’m lucky to live in a town with a truly incredible Afghan restaurant,  The Helmand (which, incidentally, is owned by Afghan President Hamid Kharzi’s elder brother Qayum). It’s white tableclothes and attentive service conjure a high-end feel, but the food itself is simple, unassuming, delicious, and downright affordable. Since I’ve eaten here countless times, I … Continue reading Pan Asian: Bonjon Borani (Braised Spicy Eggplant) — Afghanistan

Pan Asian: Chicken Fesenjan (Pomegranate Walnut Stew) – Iran

A unique dish from the Caspian region of Iran, Fesenjan is usually made for special occasions. Its bold, sweet & sour flavor profile comes from such ingredients as walnuts, beets, and pomegranate molasses, and it is not difficult to make. I find Persian food fascinating because it tends to be its own thing–completely distinct from … Continue reading Pan Asian: Chicken Fesenjan (Pomegranate Walnut Stew) – Iran