Rasika, Washington, D.C.

 

There are two places in DC that are a must for each of my trips. The first, a gelateria in Georgetown, Dolcezza (there are other locations – not to be missed!), the other is Rasika. Rasika has two locations – Penn Quarter and West End. Reservations are needed at both, but the West End location is more available. By far, this is the best Indian food I have had – I could eat at Rasika daily!

Where to begin…there are so many options!

Vegetarian Options:

  • Cauliflower Bezule – Mustard seeds / curry leaf / green chilies / lemon juice
  • Eggplant Ginger Chutney
  • Tomato / Golden Raisin Chutney
  • Mango Chutney
  • Hariyali Paneer – Cottage cheese / mint / cilantro / green chilies
  • Paneer Mattar – Cottage cheese / green peas / cashew nuts
  • Malai Palak – Spinach / cumin / garlic / ginger
  • Bhindi Chili Garlic – Okra / onions / ginger / green chilies
  • Gobhi Mattar – Cauliflower / green peas / cumin / ginger
  • Baingan Mirch Ka Salan – Eggplant / peanuts / jalapeno
  • Khubani Ka Kofta – Apricots / potato dumplings / green cardamom
  • Vegetable Manga – Seasonal vegetables / mangoes / curry leaves
  • Cholar Squash – Fennel seeds / onion seeds / zucchini
  • Dal Dhungaree – Smoked lentils / garlic / tomatoes / fenugreek (one of my favorites!)
  • Cucumber Raita – Cucumber / yogurt relish
  • Vegetable Biryani – Aromatic seasonal vegetables / basmati rice / raita
  • Tawa Baingan – Eggplant / spiced potato / olive oil / peanut sauce
  • Broccoli Rawa Dosa – Mustard seeds / curry leaves / pine nuts / coconut chutney
  • Rajma Tikki – Kidney beans / ginger / green chilies / fig chutney
  • Cabbage Wadi – Ginger / cilantro / peanut chili chutney
  • Sev Batata Puri – Crispy biscuits / potatoes / raw mangoes / gram flour vermicelli / chutneys
  • Avocado Banana Chaat – Cumin / red chili powder / tamarind / date chutney
  • Palak Chaat – Crispy baby spinach / yogurt / tamarind / date
  • Sweet Potato Samosa – Ginger / green chili / cranberry chutney
  • Naan – plain, garlic, chili olive, onion sage (the garlic is my favorite – not too strong)
  • Multiple bread options
  • Basmati Rice and Narangi Pulao Rice (I highly recommend the Naragni Pulao Rice!)

Pescatarian Options:

  • Salmon Tandoori Tamatar – Scottish salmon / sun-dried tomato / basil / mint chutney (Delicious!)
  • Mango Shrimp – Fresh mango / cashew nuts / ginger / coriander
  • Shrimp Kathi Roll – Onion / tomato / ginger / green chilies
  • Clam Caldine – Coconut / cilantro / green chilies
  • Sea Bass Peri Peri – Kashmiri chili / malt vinegar / poha
  • Rockfish Alleppey Curry – Coconut / ginger / fenugreek seeds
  • Pompano Patia – Onion / tomatoes / butternut squash / eggplant
  • Shrimp Pepper Masala – Curry leaves / fennel seeds / black pepper
  • Lobster Pulao- Lobster tail / malt vinegar / mango kadi
  • Black Cod – Fresh dill / honey / cheddar / star anise / peanut quinoa
  • Grouper Nimboo – Kaffir lime leaves / ginger / garlic / lemon pickle

http://www.rasikarestaurant.com/westend/

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