To celebrate my sister and my birthday, we chose to go to Junoon this year. She always wants something different from what she usually eats. She doesn't eat a lot of different cuisines. It's not that she's not adventurous. It's more that she doesn't go out of her way to explore and discover much like Mr. M&P and I. Anyway, I know that she doesn't have much experience with Indian food so I thought it would be a good idea to suggest fancy Indian food. Most people have some kind of pre-conceived notion of what Indian food is; And that's usually curry. Boring and wrong. It's so much more than that. And I for one, wanted to find out more about the cuisine too.
And now the appetizers. This is the Eggplant Chaat ($12) which was fried crispy eggplant with raita, tamarind, and red onion. I really liked this dish a lot. The baby eggplant was thinly sliced then lightly battered and fried until crispy. Then it was lightly coated with a yogurty raita sauce with sweet tangy tamarind and some spiciness from the red onion. The eggplant stayed crispy to the end. This was one of my favorite dishes of the night.
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