Cheap Eats 2015: Kabob n Karahi

Where we go for daily specials involving curry, samosas, and kebabs.

The winner in the daily-specials lottery at this order-at-the-counter Pakistani cafe is the kofta curry, so if you can clear your schedule, plan to dine here on a Wednesday. Studded with hard-cooked eggs, beef meatballs, and tomato, this aromatic, deeply satisfying curry is served over a heap of rice with a round of just-baked naan. There’s plenty of culinary revelry the rest of the week, too. Expert frying turns out pea-and-potato-filled samosas with crisp exteriors. Kebabs—we like the grilled lamb chops—are piled on top of saffron rice. And there’s an impressive lineup of karahis, the fiery sautés laced with ginger, jalapeño, and black pepper. Renditions with tender chunks of lamb and goat are especially good. A mango lassi is a soothing, cooling accompaniment—and can double as dessert.

Cuisine: Pakistani

Where you can get it: 15521 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring; 301-879-0044

Also good: Lahori choley, a chickpea curry; nehari, fork-tender beef shank (weekends only); haleem, shredded chicken with lentils; cow’s-feet curry (weekends only).

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.

Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.