We were lucky enough to be invited to a tasting dinner for new truck Naan Stop which is planning on launching in Q1 of 2011.
What is Naan Stop? Their answer: "Naan Stop serves authentic Indian cuisine, just the way our mom made it, but in a familiar form."
Our answer: tasty deliciousness.
Brothers Samir and Neal are behind this new truck and their goal is to bring yummy Indian food to the masses. They've nailed down a menu that is accessible to palates of all experience levels - so those new to the cuisine don't have to be timid, while those not-so-new palates still get to enjoy familiar and tasty flavors.
In preparation for their endeavor, Neal spent many hours watching his mom cook. But he didn't just watch, he took notes and asked questions, jotting down his mother's memorized recipes. I bet there was a lot of conversion from 'a little bit of' spice to actual measurements. Overall, the tasting was a great success. The sample menu was delicious, the music was great, the crowd was supportive, and there was great conversation and wine. We even got to hear about Mom's reluctance to hand over her special samosa recipe.
But boy, are we lucky she did! Those samosas are fabulous. (See pics below.)
A short description of the sample menu:
Samosa - a savory pastry filled with a mix of potatoes, onions, peas, and Indian spices.
The Naan'wich - a twist on the traditional Indian meal, made with Naan (Indian flatbread) that is stuffed with either tandoori chicken, turkey kabobs, paneer (cheese), or lamb, and topped with sauteed peppers and onions, spinach, and a cooling yogurt cilantro chutney.
Here's a scrapbook of the great evening: