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Helmand recs?

  • k

Somehow, I've never beento Helmand but I'm rectifying that tonight. Any can't miss dishes? TIA

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  1. IIRC, they have something like a baked pumpkin that I thought was delicious. It's like squash but a bit sweeter, I usually don't like squash. Whatever you do, get a few things and share.

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    1. re: Alan

      It's called Kaddo Borawni, and it's a must-get.

    2. I really love two of the lamb dishes - lamb lawand and dwopiaza. I also love the mushroom lawand and the vegetarian dolma, perfect if you aren't in the mood for meat. The food is always good and it is a great bargain.

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      1. re: ck

        Second the lamb dishes.

      2. I love the vegetarian ravioli. They have it as both an entree and an appetizer

        1. The Helmand provided its kaddo borawni recipe in an issue of Baltimore magazine about two years ago. I still have it, if anyone's interested. The first time I made it, it sucked -- found out I used the wrong kind of pumpkin. You need to use a smaller, more squash-like pumpkin (not a jack-o-lantern type, haha). When I used the right kind, it made all the difference. Yum!

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          1. re: Ell Gee

            There was a thread about this on the Home Cooking board: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...
            Please post yours there; I'd love to see how it compares.

            What are other people's favorites at Helmand? Do they have amazing fresh bread (one of my strongest memories of the Boston location, along with the incredible pumpkin)?

            Please tell with as much tantalizing detail as possible--I'm trying to negotiate a Helmand trip with my recalcitrant baby sister, and it would be great to have you help me tempt her!

            1. re: Ell Gee

              I would love the recipe for the Helmand's Kaddo Borawni if you still have it to share! Is there a name for the small squash-like pumpkin that you used? Thanks much!

              1. re: Ell Gee

                I just had Kaddo Borawni tonight at The Helmand. I had forgotten how much I love it. First thing I did when I got home was to search the internet for it. I would love to get the recipe you mention that was featured in Baltimore Magazine.

                1. re: Ell Gee

                  This is a late reply but I'd love the Helmand's Kaddo Borawni recipe. If you still have it, please let me know. Thanks! The Helmand's kaddo borawni is so good, I could eat it every day--and I'm the type that gets bored pretty easily. I'll also recommend the Aushak dumplings.

                    1. re: OscarTehGrouch

                      Thankyouthankyouthankyou oscar and rose for the recipes!!

                  1. re: Ell Gee

                    I would love to have that recipe and any others you may have from that restaurant! Thanks!
                    Stellafrog@msn.com
                    SjS

                  2. They had an ice cream for dessert with all kinds of dried fruits and I think nuts in that was delicious.

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                    1. re: Leslie

                      Was it the cardamom (sp?) ice cream? I think about that ice cream all the time. Soooo good.

                      1. re: bolivianita

                        Yes,that was it. We shared an order and it was a wonderful end to a wonderful meal.

                    2. i agree the pumpkin is a must have. I also love the Aushak dumplings.

                      1. Food sounds delicious. Where is it located? I see them listed in California, but what about the DC Metro area?

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                        1. re: SMac

                          In the Mt Vernon area of Baltimore on North Charles St. The last time I was there I had a really good veggie sampler (I loved the spinach).

                          www.helmand.com

                          1. re: SMac

                            It's definitely worth the drive, SMac. It's actually a longish-but-doable walk or short cab ride from Penn Station, if you wanted to do a whirlwind MARC train tour on a weeknight. Plus you can score DC-snob points for dining at a restaurant owned by Hamid Karzai's brother.

                            1. re: pomme de terre

                              It's probably only a half mile or so from Penn Station

                          2. In a very belated report back, I loved the baby pumpkin and the lamb chops. Great restaurant.