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    Post #1 - March 9th, 2021, 1:31 pm
    Post #1 - March 9th, 2021, 1:31 pm Post #1 - March 9th, 2021, 1:31 pm
    Tasting India is a new-ish virtual restaurant. From their website:

    Chef Jasmine Sheth is a James Beard Foundation grant winner and creator of Tasting India; a weekly culinary adventure where she creates a flavor rich Thali, highlighting a different Indian Regional Cuisine each week. Woven together with her personal stories of growing up in India, her weekly menus are like a rich cultural scavenger hunt!


    Intrigued, I began to follow them on Instagram. Menus typically are announced at 6 PM on Saturdays and usually sell out that night. Non-Insta users can sign up for email alerts.

    I was able to get the Valentine's Day special. The box consisted of two savory and two sweet items.
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    Bharta Hand Puffs (spicy eggplant paste in puff pastry)
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    Makhani Arancini (crispy exterior around Makhani risotto with center of marinated paneer)
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    Malai Cham Cham (stuffed dessert -- the description provided isn't terribly helpful)
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    Thandai Shortbread Cookies (spiced cookies with white chocolate glaze decorated with pistachios and dried rose).

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    The shortbread cookie was hands down my favorite of this box. The runner up was the hand puff. There were a lot of interesting flavors and textures in this assortment.
    -Mary
  • Post #2 - March 10th, 2021, 12:53 pm
    Post #2 - March 10th, 2021, 12:53 pm Post #2 - March 10th, 2021, 12:53 pm
    The GP wrote: There were a lot of interesting flavors and textures in this assortment.


    True of her thalis as well! She's really leaning into sour, vegetal, herbaceous flavors--there's nothing else like it in the area right now.
  • Post #3 - March 19th, 2021, 2:46 pm
    Post #3 - March 19th, 2021, 2:46 pm Post #3 - March 19th, 2021, 2:46 pm
    We took part of the Banaras Thali at the end of February. I've modified the descriptions from the spreadsheet sent. If there is not much of a description, there wasn't anything provided.

    Chooda Matar: flattened rice soaked in milk combined with fresh green peas and spices

    Banarasi Dum Aloo: potatoes stuffed with a mix of paneer and nuts simmered in a cashew nut and tomato gravy

    Ashtami wale kale chane: black chickpeas

    Puri: puffed fried bread

    Lauki ka halwa: a condiment of sweet bottle gourd halwa laced with cardamom. Serving suggestion (that I didn't notice until now): top a piece of puri with some of the chickpeas and a dollop of the halwa.

    We added on a special dessert: a white chocolate cheesecake with thandai brown butter crust and home rose and date jam (gulkand).

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    Plated:
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    Close-up of the halwa:
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    We loved the chooda matar and the aloo dishes. The spicing on the chickpeas was tasty but on their own they were a little dry. We might have enjoyed them more had we followed the serving suggestion. :) The cheesecake was also delicious.
    -Mary
  • Post #4 - April 12th, 2021, 10:58 am
    Post #4 - April 12th, 2021, 10:58 am Post #4 - April 12th, 2021, 10:58 am
    Due to popular demand, Chef Jasmine is offering a monthly cheesecake special. Since we enjoyed the last one so much, we signed up for this month's.

    Description: Pistachio cheesecake, dark cocoa shortbread crust, saffron whipped cream, raw honeycomb, dill fronds, makrut lime leaves, roasted almonds

    This was a great dessert. And beautiful! Might be the first time I've had dill fronds on a dessert.

    I highly recommend following them on Instagram or signing up for their newsletter. They are doing such interesting stuff. http://www.tastingindia.net/

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    -Mary

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