Members of Les Dames d’Escoffier New York celebrated Legacy Award winner, Chef Helen Vass, at a dinner earlier this summer at Dame Surbhi Sahni’s Saar Indian Bistro. The Legacy Awards hone the winners’ crafts, stimulate their creativity and encourage these future leaders. The winners earn a mentorship opportunity with key members of LDEI, an organization of women leaders in food, fine beverage and hospitality.

We began the celebration sipping the refreshing Gramercy Cellars Rose “Olsen Vineyard,” Washington State, 2016.

I contacted Dame Surbi Sahni to get the details of what we ate that evening, as we never saw a menu for our multi-course meal. Her special menu started with shakarkandi chaat and murg kesar— smoked sweet potatoes, ginger, green chili and cilantro chutney served with tandoor-cooked chicken marinated in saffron, cardamom and lemon.

Family-style dishes include begun bharta (smoked eggplant, onions, tomatoes, chilis and roti chips); saffron seabass and black pepper chicken; peas upma, mini dosa and coconut chutney; pindi chole and amritsari aloo kulcha (pomegranate and cumin flavored chickpeas, potato-stuffed tandoori bread) Indian street salad and carrot & cauliflower pickle;  sarson da saag and makki ki roti  (slow-cooked spinach & mustard greens, cornbread) and a cumin lassi shot; crispy okra salad, dal makhani and assorted breads. Dinner ended with  chai panna cota – chocolate sauce, tagmo chilli chocolate crackle cookies, cashew sweet.

Saar Indian Bistro
251 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019
646-571-0319
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