Munchies While Waiting
Like most Indian restaurants, Asha’s provides you with munchies while you wait for your food. These usually constitute:
- Roasted papad/ poppadoms: Giant crisps made of rice, lentils and spices.
- Achaar: Pickles such as mint chutney and mango relish.
Tamatar Dhaniya Shorba
I decided to go with this steaming bowl of mildly spiced tomato soup before the main entrees. The fresh coriander on top gives a refreshing touch to this classic starter from Asha’s.
No Indian dining experience is complete without the naan. The Butter Naan is a staple flatbread lathered with (obvious!) butter. Asha’s also offers other breads such as:
- Roti: Bread made from whole wheat flour, a thinner version of the naan.
- Roomali: A paper-thin bread made from refined flour. It looks like a folded handkerchief (roomal).
- Lacha Parantha: A layered flatbread made from refined flour and butter.
- Stuffed Kulcha: Bread is stuffed with your choice of onions, paneer, cauliflower, potato, chicken and minced lamb.
Another dinner staple, the Dal Makhani for me is a must every time I dine in an Indian restaurant. Asha’s was no exception. Black lentils are cooked overnight in a tandoor oven, and are fried together with tomatoes, onions and spices the following day.
Aloo Matar Gobi
A typical dish prepared in Indian homes, potatoes, green peas and cauliflower are cooked with cumin, green chilies and spices. I have prepared Aloo Matar Gobi at home myself, but Asha’s converts this humble domestic preparation into its more luxurious avatar.
I treat myself to Kofta when given the opportunity, simply because it’s not something I prepare at home. This hedonistic preparation involves stuffing cottage cheese and vegetable dumplings with almonds and dates, and cooking them in a rich cashew nut gravy. Asha’s captures the sensual flavors of the Malai Kofta perfectly. It was pure heaven for my taste buds!
I started dessert at Asha’s with the Gulab Jamun. The foremost symbol of Indian desserts, the classic Gulab Jamun is loved by all. Cottage cheese dumplings with rabri or sweet milk reduction. It never fails to please.
Pistachio Kesar Kulfi
The secret fantasy on many a hot Indian summer day, kulfis are homemade ice cream consisting of reduced milk, saffron and pistachios. A welcome dessert in Dubai’s heat. And a great way to end my night at Asha’s.