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Helmand recs?

ko Apr 28, 2006 01:12 PM

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

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    Alan RE: ko Apr 28, 2006 01:21 PM

    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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      Lowbar RE: Alan Apr 29, 2006 03:53 AM

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

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      ck RE: ko Apr 28, 2006 03:52 PM

      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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        Harry Romano RE: ck Apr 28, 2006 05:09 PM

        Second the lamb dishes.

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        J RE: ko Apr 28, 2006 04:51 PM

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

        1. Ell Gee RE: ko Nov 1, 2006 09:00 PM

          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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            rose water RE: Ell Gee Nov 1, 2006 09:08 PM

            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!

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              mzareck RE: Ell Gee Mar 22, 2007 10:14 AM

              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!

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                lovetheson RE: Ell Gee Aug 18, 2007 06:32 PM

                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.

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                  Bunnyx86 RE: Ell Gee Mar 8, 2008 07:17 AM

                  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.

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                    OscarTehGrouch RE: Bunnyx86 Mar 8, 2008 07:41 AM

                    Recipe here


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                      kallisti RE: OscarTehGrouch Oct 6, 2008 03:12 PM

                      Thankyouthankyouthankyou oscar and rose for the recipes!!

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                    stellastanway RE: Ell Gee Oct 5, 2008 06:06 PM

                    I would love to have that recipe and any others you may have from that restaurant! Thanks!

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                    Leslie RE: ko Nov 1, 2006 10:39 PM

                    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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                      bolivianita RE: Leslie Nov 1, 2006 11:15 PM

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

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                        Leslie RE: bolivianita Nov 2, 2006 08:01 PM

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

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                      jeanki RE: ko Nov 2, 2006 01:40 AM

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

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                        SMac RE: ko Nov 29, 2006 10:37 PM

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

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                          viperlush RE: SMac Nov 29, 2006 11:16 PM

                          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).


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                            pomme de terre RE: SMac Feb 28, 2007 08:35 AM

                            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.

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                              tartuffe RE: pomme de terre Mar 22, 2007 10:51 AM

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

                          2. ko1 RE: ko Aug 19, 2007 01:17 PM

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

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