Sunday, August 5, 2012

Olympics Day 10: Nepalese Bojan at Annapurna in Cambridge

We thought we were done with Olympics feasting when we went for our Formaggio Kitchen cheese cave tour. On the way home, we stopped at Annapurna, a little Himalayan restaurant on Mass. Ave. in Cambridge. We were served by the owner, a delightful man who we learned used to be a climbing guide in Nepal. He had climbed the mountain Annapurna twice, and was looking forward to going back to do it again as soon as he could.

Gail and I had a Nepalese dish called bojan. The dish included rice, a cup of lentils, cauliflower, okra, spinach and a dish of chicken in a sauce. The owner explained that in Nepal all these things would be mixed together by hand and eaten with bread served on the side. We decided to mix ours with our forks.

All mixed, the dish had a flavor we haven't experienced before. I'd guess it was a mix of cardamom, cinnamon and the lentils, but there was another spice I just couldn't place. There was not a bit of sweetness to it. I think that's what made it so unusual. Most other dishes we've had like this have some sweetness. This was a nice change. We would definitely go back for more.

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