Dungeness crab with tamarind and mustard seed is a highlight a menu that blends Northwest ingredients with Indian flavors at Nirmal's. (Courtesy photo)

Nirmal’s navigates a Northwest take on authentic Indian tastes

Can Nirmal's succeed where others have failed — bringing a fine dining feel to Indian food?
Oct 27, 2015
Roll OK Please founder Shama Joshi (center) flanked by helpers Seema Pai and Mani Singh. (Photo by Ana Sofia Knauf)

Fledgling food truck rolls out authentic Indian street cuisine

Food truck entrepreneur Shama Joshi wants to show Seattleites what real Indian street food is all about.
Aug 14, 2014
The lunch buffet at Pabla, which offers vegetarian versions of Punjabi-style dishes from the north of India. (Photo by Anna Goren).

The surprising flavor of Kosher in the Northwest

Turns out the relationship between Jews and ethnic food runs deeper than just Chinese food on Christmas
Jun 5, 2014
Dosa — a thin pancake made from rice and lentil batter pancake, usually filled. (Photo from Shutterstock)

Chicken tikka masala is not actually Indian! (An authentic guide to South Asian cuisine)

“You must have grown up eating chicken tikka masala.” Actually, no. I never ate it at home — because it’s not even Indian! Conceived by South Asian chefs in the UK, the beloved dish has become a funny misrepresentation of Indian food to global palates. In reality, India alone consists of 28 states with hundreds of languages and […]
May 14, 2014
Indian Beer

A culinary tour of Shoreline’s Indian Sweets & Spices specialty grocery

(Photos by Mohini Patel Glanz. Click for captions.) Step aside Safeway! Family-owned ethnic grocery stores are popping up all over our region, stocking unique specialty foods from around the globe. 
Feb 26, 2013
Kheer, a rice pudding-like Indian dessert, in honor of Diwali. (Photo by Mohini Patel Glanz aka mangopowergirl)

Kheer: A delicious Diwali dessert recipe

It’s that time of year, the holiday season, time for feasts and tradition. I will admit I never was a fan of ceremony or tradition, but I do love the food. Being from India, it can be hard to explain to Americans just what our holidays are like. Diwali is the biggest and brightest, and […]
Nov 13, 2012
The Mak Fai Washington Kung Fu Club performed a traditional dragon and lion dance, followed by a Kung Fu demonstration, during this year's Kent International Festival. Twenty-five performance groups took the stage throughout the event. (Photo by Allison Int-Hout)

Kent International Festival a celebration of city’s diversity

I had a big decision to make in the Kent Town Square Plaza on Saturday. Do I go with my gut, and pick the Mediterranean mixed gyro and falafel, or taste adventure with the Irish corned beef sliders? The Thai and Laotian gai yang dish, with grilled chicken and Thai seasoning, looked delicious, too, and my preference for Mexican […]
Jun 18, 2012
William S. Street, former president of Fredrick & Nelson department store and promoter of the Seattle World's Fair, at a restaurant in Afghanistan during a 1966 expedition to collect mammalian specimens for the Chicago Field Museum. (Photo courtesy Kergan Street)

Pakistani immigrant finds a taste of home at ‘Afghan Cuisine’ in Federal Way

When my friend Kathleen invited me to a Afghan Cuisine and Banquet Hall in Federal Way, the first image that popped into my head was of the ubiquitous Afghan restaurants in Peshawar, Pakistan, where I lived before I came to Seattle. Millions of Afghan refugees fled to Northwest Pakistan after the Soviet War in the […]
Jun 13, 2012