Thursday, December 29, 2011

Three-Course New Year’s Eve Dinner

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Heritage India. Both our Georgetown and Dupont Circle locations are hosting a special three-course dinner with unlimited wine, beer, cocktails and a champagne toast.

The warmth of our dining room combined with the tantalizing complexity of our curries promise to create a most memorable experience for you and your special guests. Start the new year on a sumptuous note and call for reservations today. Dupont Circle (202) 331-1414, Georgetown (202) 333-3120.

New Year’s Eve Menu

Appetizer Platter
Cocktail Samosa, Chicken Tikka and Bhelpuri


Meat Eaters
Choice of:
Lamb Rogan Josh
Sag Gosht
Murgh Makhani
Dum Ka Murgh

Choice of:
Dhingri Mattar
Aloo Gobi Masala
Paneer Makhani
Sag Paneer

House Lentils
Navrattan Korma
Zaffrani Pillau Rice
Garlic Nan or Lacha Parantha

Choice of:
Shahi Tukra
Gulab Jamoon

The above menu also includes unlimited house red or white wines and a sparkling wine toast to the new year. For the non-wine drinkers, domestic beers, draft beers and house cocktails are available.

Buy tickets through the Capitol Deal for just $75 per person.

Dinner package price is exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Should you prefer a la carte selections off our regular menu, you are most welcome to that option.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Variety is the Spice of Life

For Appetizer Variety ...

aloo tikki


Almost everyone likes samosas, India’s best known street food.

For a variation on the theme, consider aloo tikki. These pear-shaped cakes are made with a spicy potato filling similar to samosas. They are served with curried chickpeas (chana masala) topped with yogurt and tamarind chutney.

Though not indigenous to India, calamari is another appetizer that Heritage India guests often order. We sauté this American favorite with tomatoes, coconut and lemon to infuse it with Indian flavors.

For Entrée Variety ...

If you like vegetarian tomato curries, you’ve probably ordered paneer makhani, fresh cottage cheese in a smooth tomato sauce. (Hint: it’s not printed on the menu at Heritage India Dupont Circle, but it is available by request.)

makhmali kofta

Guests at our Georgetown restaurant can try makhmali kofta for variety. Described as vegetable dumplings in a velvety tomato sauce, the dish is made with potatoes, cheese and raisins formed into balls. (This makes us trendy in a solidly traditional way. Our classic ball-shaped foods click with Zagat’s assessment of 2011 dining trends.)

For non-vegetarian entrées, most curries can mix and match with most meats. Pair chicken with the curried spinach sauce in sag gosht. Opt for chicken korma instead of lamb. Make it a shrimp tikka masala or a chicken vindaloo. Instead of Goa fish curry, order it with prawns. Let your taste buds guide you to a new flavor combination.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Don’t Drink and Drive. Call SoberRide.

We encourage responsible celebrations during the holiday season. If you overdo it, please don’t drive. Call SoberRide for a free taxi trip home. Phone 800-200-8294 or #8294 (TAXI) from AT&T phones. The service is available from 10 pm to 6 am through Jan. 1.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Holiday Hours (Timings)

Heritage India Georgetown and Heritage Asia
Dec. 24: Open for lunch and dinner
Dec. 25: Closed for lunch and open for dinner
Jan. 1: Closed for lunch and open for dinner

Heritage India Dupont Circle
Dec. 24: Open for lunch and dinner
Dec. 25: Open for lunch and dinner
Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve three-course dinner
Jan. 1: Closed for lunch and open for dinner

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Full Bar Now Open at Heritage India Dupont Circle

The full bar at Heritage India Dupont Circle has re-opened as of Dec. 22. Our menu of wine, beer and cocktails is available during lunch, happy hour and dinner. We sincerely look forward to serving you again. At the same time, we reiterate our pledge to cooperate with the police department and city officials to ensure the safety of the dining public.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Indian and Tex-Mex Delivery from Dupont Circle

Heritage India now offers delivery from our Dupont Circle restaurant. Now you can enjoy all those Hawker Zone street foods and Spice Route fusion small plates from home, in addition to the entrée curries and Tandoori specialties. To order, view the Dupont Circle menu then phone (202) 331-1414.

Delivery is also available from our Tex-Mex restaurant, Fiesta. If your taste buds are asking for Southwestern flavors, Fiesta is the answer. Fiesta serves Latin-inspired and Continental tapas as well as tacos, enchiladas, fajitas and other Mexican classics. To order, view the menu then phone (202) 659-1544.

Dupont Circle delivery service operates nightly during dinnertime hours.

When visiting the Heritage India website, please keep in mind that the online ordering system is only for our two Georgetown restaurants, Heritage India and Heritage Asia Thai Bistro. Georgetown-area guests who live within our two-mile delivery radius are encouraged to place online orders.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Specials for the Week of Dec. 17-24

Here are the weekly specials at Heritage India Georgetown.

Bartender’s Specials

Pomegranate Champagne
Voted among the top 5 cocktails for winter, this blend of pomegranate juice, peach nectar, Grand Marnier and champagne invites you to sit back and enjoy the holiday season.

All our specials this week are from Nepal, India’s friendly neighbor.


Nepalese chicken momos

Steamed chicken dumplings with a spicy tomato chutney


Kukhura Ko Ledo
A traditional chicken curry, medium spicy

Rayo Ko Saag
A delicious mustard spinach dish tempered with roasted spices

Special Teas

Pomegranate iced tea
Nepalese green tea
- An organic green tea from the foothills of the Himalayas

Friday, December 16, 2011

Gift Certificates with Extra 20% Value

Heritage India and its sister restaurants, Heritage Asia in Georgetown and Fiesta in Dupont Circle, have a valuable gift for you. When you purchase a gift certificate, we’ll add an additional 20% to the value of the certificate. It’s our way of thanking you for sharing our restaurants with someone on your gift list. Gift certificates can be purchased and redeemed at any of our four restaurants. Heritage Asia is located at the same address as Heritage India Georgetown and Fiesta is located at 1327 Connecticut Ave., just a few doors south of Heritage India Dupont Circle. May you and yours have a delicious holiday season.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Trendy and Traditional

Zagat has posted a look back at the DC dining trends of 2011.

Its first observation is that DC is “still flippin’ over burgers.” Omnivores will delight in these must-try beef burgers popular with everyone from First Lady Michelle Obama on down. At Heritage India Dupont Circle, we’re into burgers, too. Our bar offers a special menu of desi-style burgers ranging from vegetarian creations to chicken and lamb burgers. Just add fries and friends for the perfect happy hour.

Dahi bhalle lentil balls are trendy

Then there’s the “having a ball” trend, as identified by Zagat. The Heritage India menu features several ball-shaped foods, such as dahi bhalle, pictured above. This appetizer-sized small plate is made with lentil balls smothered in yogurt sauce. At our Georgetown restaurant, you’ll find an entrée curry called makhmali kofta, balls of cheese, potato and raisins in a sweet creamy tomato sauce.

We’re unabashedly traditional in our approach to cooking, but apparently we’re of-the-moment as well. Trendy meets traditional on the Heritage India dinner plate. Who knew?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Full Bar Returning Dec. 21

The full bar at Heritage India Dupont Circle will re-open on Dec. 21, 2011. Our menu of wine, beer and cocktails will be available to accompany your meal. We sincerely look forward to serving you again. At the same time, we reiterate our pledge to cooperate with the police department and city officials to ensure the safety of the dining public.

Bread and Spice are Nice

Heritage India Staples Among 2012 Dining Trends


Open Table has forecast the Top Dining Trends for 2012. Trends #2 and #3 speak to the heart and soul of Heritage India:
2. Bread is back
3. Almost everyone likes it hot

#3 refers to spicy food. Yes, indeed, we have some expertise in that area. And, breads? Oh, yeah.

The world-famous Indian nan is crave-worthy, soul-satisfying comfort food at its best. We bake our nan in the traditional Tandoori oven until it reaches the perfect blend of crusty and chewy.

Plain and garlic are our most popular nans. Did you know we also make a variation called kulcha, stuffed with onion, cheese or minced lamb? Other options include a vegan wheat roti bread, a layered bread with butter (lacha parantha), a layered whole wheat bread with fresh mint (pudina parantha), a Peshawari nan with raisins and almonds and layered potato bread (aloo parantha).

Are you imagining that magical feeling in your mouth as you chew on a blissfully warm nan? We don’t blame you.

Click over to Open Table to read the rest of the 2012 dining trends.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Specials for the Week of Dec. 10-17

Here are the weekly specials at Heritage India Georgetown.

Bartenders Specials

Hennessy Ginger
This cool yet warming quencher is a mix of Hennessy cognac, fresh ginger, simple syrup and a splash of ginger ale.


Chicken Samosa
A triangular savory pastry filled with spiced minced chicken.


Reshmi Palak Kabab
Chicken and spinach kebab grilled in the tandoori oven and served with mint yogurt sauce and a small side of house special black lentils.

Vegetable Vindaloo
A traditional curry from Goa, vindaloo is renowned for its fiery heat and spice.

Special Teas

Cranberry iced tea
Hot oolong tea
- originally a Chinese tea and sometimes also referred to as the black dragon tea, oolong has a wonderful woody aroma. Best drunk without milk and with a dash of honey.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Your Generous Support

Heritage India is profoundly grateful to our friends, staff and especially the dining public for your support during these very challenging times. Needless to say, this has been a very draining experience, emotionally and financially.

On the one hand, we draw strength from the many Washingtonians we have gotten to know. It has been our privilege to welcome you into our dining room regularly and greet you by name. Through the years, we’ve had wonderful conversations about your lives, your families and your favorite dishes. We’ve shared graduations, weddings, retirements and seen hundreds of pictures of your trips to India.

We sincerely thank you for the steadfast loyalty and generosity you have shown in recent weeks. We appreciate every one of you who has come to our Dupont Circle dining room knowing the drink menu would be limited to non-alcoholic beverages. This didn’t stop you from filling our dining room with the warmth and camaraderie we have come to cherish.

Others of you have called to place delivery and carry-out orders night after night expressly to show your financial support. When we hear familiar voices making such a personal investment in our wellbeing, we are deeply inspired and comforted.

We couldn’t rebound in a matter of days and re-open to serve you without our hard-working staff. We thank our loyal employees who stood firm through an unforeseen reduction in hours and sprung back into action with the highest degree of professionalism.

Even as we come together and solider on, our business and our employees have been hard hit by the loss of revenue. We have lost income that we need to survive and thrive.

Your continued patronage is critical to our day-to-day finances. We look forward to meeting your special holiday guests and would be pleased to host your party of friends, family and business colleagues for lunch or dinner. Whether an intimate gathering of loved ones or a large office party, it would be our privilege to serve you. Thank you again for your invaluable support and best wishes for a peaceful holiday season.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Specials for the Week of Dec. 3-10

Here are the weekly specials at Heritage India Georgetown.

Bartenders Specials

Autumn Sunset
Strawberry-orange iced tea, Grand Marnier, orange vodka and strawberry vodka blended together to make this put your feet up and relax cocktail.


palak ki chaat

Palak ki Chaat
Crispy fresh spinach leaves in a chickpea batter topped with sweet yogurt, tamarind chutney, diced tomatoes and spiced potato.


Mango Shrimp
Shrimp marinated in mango pulp and fresh herbs and spices, then grilled in the Tandoori oven and topped with a dusting of dry mango powder.

Hare Makhmali Kofte
Spinach and cheese dumplings in a lightly spiced creamy tomato sauce.

Special Teas

Mango iced tea
Lavender green hot tea

Friday, December 2, 2011

Heritage India Dupont Circle is Open

Doors open, diners seated for lunch on Dec. 2 .

Heritage India Dupont Circle is open beginning Friday, Dec. 2 and we welcome you to get re-acquainted with your favorite dishes. At present, alcoholic beverages are not available.

We invite you to explore a different pairing and consider options beyond wine, beer and cocktails.

  • Take a journey back in time and sip a classic masala tea
  • Enchant your taste buds and cool your palate with a mango lassi or our new mint lassi
  • Enjoy the delicate flavors of cranberry or mango iced tea

Especially during the holiday season, we cherish meals together with our closest friends, honored guests and respected colleagues. When we dine out, we share a personal experience that’s more memorable than the food and beverages on our table. Specific menu offerings may come and go, but Heritage India is always here to provide a warm, elegant setting for your special time together.

Dupont Circle is open daily for lunch and dinner. Please call (202) 331-1414 for reservations or book through Open Table. Our complete beverage menu appears in the blog post below.

New House Special Lassis and More

Heritage India Dupont Circle introduces a new menu of lassis, teas and non-alcoholic cocktails.

House Special Lassis
Lassi is a traditional chilled beverage from India which is made with yogurt or buttermilk and an assortment of flavorings. This drink is a popular accompaniment to spicy Indian food.

Sweet or salted
Fresh mint
Mango lassi
Pineapple/strawberry or blueberry

House Special Teas

Masala chai
An Indian tea spiced with roasted and ground cardamom, fennel, cinnamon and bay leaf

Green tea
Lavender green tea
Jasmine tea
Honey-pear tea
Sweet orange tea
Mango-peach white tea
Lemon-ginger tea (caffeine-free)
Peppermint tea (caffeine-free)

Water, Juices and Iced Teas

San Pellegrino sparkling water
Panna still water
Cranberry, orange or mango juice
Regular iced tea
Mango iced tea
Pomegranate iced tea
Green iced tea
Orange-lemon iced tea
Orange-strawberry iced tea

Non-Alcoholic Cocktails

Masala Bloody Mary
Tomato juice, lemon juice and tamarind pulp spiced with rock salt and Worcestershire sauce

Coffee Crush
Shot of espresso, chocolate syrup, milk and simple syrup, blended and dusted with cinnamon and brown sugar

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Heritage India Statement on Nov. 27 Incident

Heritage India extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Jhonte Coleman. We wish a quick and healthful recovery for the others who were injured following a private party on Nov. 27.

Heritage India is proud to be among Washington’s world-class restaurants, offering guests from around the city, country and the world a memorable fine-dining experience. Heritage India often hosts wedding receptions, businesspeople, government officials, foreign diplomats and other dignitaries for large lunch and dinner banquets.

Located in one of Washington’s premier nightlife areas, Heritage India Dupont Circle is an attractive venue for private after-hours events on weekend nights.

On Nov. 27, two patrons at a private party began to fight and security staff immediately escorted both men off the premises.

With tension remaining in the venue, management decided to shut down the event immediately. Music was turned off, lights were turned on and guests were asked to leave.

As patrons were exiting, a person outside of Heritage India shouted that there had been a stabbing on the street.

Heritage India staff immediately called 911 and security began an emergency-response lockdown. At this point, only the security officers, event promoters and restaurant staff were inside the restaurant.

The alleged stabbing victim was leaning against the main door of the restaurant and security brought him inside to render medical aid.

Contrary to published reports, the stabbing did not occur inside Heritage India.

Heritage India is reviewing its contracting procedures for private events and is prepared to participate in a constructive dialog with police and city officials to promote a safe, hospitable environment for nightlife activities.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Meet Fenugreek

Fenugreek seeds and leaves. Image source:

Two of our most popular non-vegetarian dishes are Chicken Makhani and Chicken Tikka Masala.

Some guests, such as our lovely friends at the British Embassy, are fiercely loyal to one or the other and will never deviate from their preferred dish. Other guests may call us to place a phone order and ask for help to recall which dish they enjoyed in our dining room.

They are both tomato-based chicken curries, so some confusion is perfectly understandable. Chicken Makhani is the world-famous Butter Chicken. It is a mild, slightly sweet, creamy curry that families often find suitable for children. The curry sauce is a brighter red due to the creamy base.

Chicken Tikka Masala is the UK pub favorite, so well-known that it’s universally recognized by its CTM abbreviation. It’s more savory and spicy than Chicken Makhani and it contains a distinctive spice called fenugreek, or methi in Hindi.

According to Wikipedia:

India is the largest producer of fenugreek in the world where Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana and Punjab are the major fenugreek producing states. Rajasthan produces the lion’s share of India's production, accounting for over 80% of the nation’s total fenugreek output. offers a brilliant explanation and recipe suggestions for fenugreek.

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Welcome to your post-Thanksgiving food coma. We’ll forgive you if your eyesight is a bit blurry right now.

Just two announcements for you:

One – you and your Thanksgiving guests are warmly welcome to dine with us this weekend to escape your leftovers and enjoy some entirely different flavors.

Two – watch this space for news of our exciting New Year’s Eve party, coming early next week.

Happy Thanksgiving from Heritage India!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Hour at Dupont Circle

Lamb vindaloo empanadas

Raise a glass to the end of the work day and nibble on traditional and contemporary tapas nightly at our Dupont Circle happy hour. More than two dozen small plates are available from 5-7 pm, from classic samosas and pakora to modern fusion tapas such as lamb vindaloo empanadas, pictured above.

Tapas are buy one, get one free from 5-7 pm. Drink specials are 4:30-7:30 and include:

Mojitos $4.50, pitcher $22
Margaritas $3.75, pitcher $20
Sangria $4.50, carafe $14
Cocktail and martinis $4.50
Domestic beer bucket $12
Open wine bar $16

If you find yourself in Georgetown for happy hour, you can enjoy drink specials and a selection of two-for-one tapas from our Heritage India and Heritage Asia menus.


Live from Dupont Circle: Desi-Style Burgers for Happy Hour

During happy hour at Dupont Circle, you can enjoy our exclusive menu of Desi-style burgers. What might have been called “pav cutless,” literally meaning bread and cutlets, takes the shape of some Asian burger options:

Sag Paneer Burger
Spiced spinach and cottage cheese patties

Garam Masala Chicken Burger

Cilantro and onion minced chicken burger with freshly ground garam masala spices

Aloo Patties
Tamarind and jalapeño flavored potato burgers

Lamb Burger
Lamb minced burgers flavored with mango chutney

Add fries for $2 and pair with the drink specials described in the post above. Then just add friends for the perfect happy hour!

Monday, November 21, 2011

You. Lunch. Georgetown Menu. NEW!

Here’s an exclusive look at our updated lunch menu, now available at our Georgetown location.




Served with lentils, naan bread and pillau rice

Tandoori Prawn, Chicken Tikka and Seekh (lamb) Kabab

Boneless cubes of chicken marinated in yogurt and saffron, grilled in the Indian oven

Green peppers stuffed with spicy potato and grilled in the Tandoor Oven
Served with rice, Indian bread, lentils and vegetables

Shrimp in sesame, coconut milk sauce

Boneless chicken in a creamy tomato sauce

A light chicken curry in a fresh pepper and almond sauce

A rich lamb curry

Fresh mushrooms and green peas curry

A mild mixed vegetable curry

Served with rice only

Chicken Rogan Josh -- a mild chicken curry

Paneer Makhani -- cottage cheese in a tomato cream sauce

Aloo Gobi Masala -- potatoes and cauliflower

Aaj Ki Dal -- fresh lentils of the day

This special lunch menu is available weekdays in Georgetown from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm. On Saturdays and Sundays, lunch hours are 12-3 pm and the regular menu is offered.

Dupont Circle serves a buffet lunch weekdays and Sunday from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm. The regular menu is offered on Saturdays.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Whole Foods Cooking Demonstration

Chef Dawa of Georgetown prepared Murgh Pepper Masla for a Whole Foods cooking demonstration this autumn.
One of our Georgetown chefs demonstrated Murgh Pepper Masala at the Georgetown Whole Foods this autumn. By popular demand, we’re sharing the recipe here. It’s not on our menu but available by request. The same curry sauce with shrimp, Jhinga Pepper Masala, is on our Georgetown menu.

Murgh Pepper Masala
This dish is predominantly eaten in Northern India. It can be eaten with Indian bread as well as rice. Spice levels can vary.

2 lbs. boneless chicken cubes
Dark meat is always preferred for Indian cooking as we tend to cook for a long time. White meat will only get harder and tough to chew if it is cooked for so long.
¼ cup oil
½ white onion, diced
½ each yellow, red and green pepper, diced
¼ cup chopped cilantro
½ tsp lemon juice
1 tsp green peppercorns

2 white onions, chopped
4 ripe tomatoes, chopped
2 tbsp ginger and garlic paste
1 tsp red chili powder
½ tsp turmeric
1 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp garam masala

Heat oil in a heavy bottom deep pan, then add chopped onions and garam masala and cook on medium heat until onions brown. Add ginger garlic paste and continue to cook for 2 minutes. Add chopped tomatoes, chili powder, turmeric and coriander powder. Cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chicken and cook until chicken is mostly done. Add onions and peppers and stir lightly for 1 minute. Remove from heat and sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Eat with freshly boiled basmati rice.

Serves 4.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Armchair Trip to India

Indian spices. Image source: The Story of India website.

If you can’t visit India in person, you can get a taste in our dining room – and a truly exceptional one at that, if we do say so ourselves.

To put the food in context, click over to The Story of India, a six-part BBC/PBS series that takes you on a “journey to the past, present and future.”

This video series looks like the next best thing to a trip to India. The website alone is making our eyes pop out!

The films are produced by British historian Michael Wood, who introduces the series with a five-minute video that you can view on the website.

“This is the story of a civilization that is older than human history,” Wood narrates. “A land of a billion people, 400 languages and 33 million gods.”

In the preview video, Wood alludes to the ways that silk, rice and pepper transformed India and the world during the Roman Empire. Foodies will be especially attracted to Episode 3, “Spice Routes & Silk Roads.”

If you take this armchair journey and view the series, please share your impressions in the comments. Bon voyage!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Foodies in Training

Meet two of our youngest fans, both of whom drew artistic inspiration from their recent visits to Heritage India.


Shurik and his family dined at our Dupont Circle location. Perhaps a budding scientist, he drew a picture of the solar system.


Jonathan, 4, dined at our Georgetown location with his extended family, who enjoyed a leisurely meal at a window table. He is pictured with his abstract drawing of an elephant.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Specials for the Week of Nov. 12-19

Here are the weekly specials at Heritage India Georgetown.

Bartenders Specials

Peach Poma
Peach vodka, Triple Sec, lime juice simple syrup and fresh peach puree makes a delicious autumn cocktail.


Saboodana Aloo Tikki
Sago pearls, potato, peanuts, fresh coriander and green chili patties served with sweet mango chutney.


Dalcha Murgh
A popular Central Indian dish where chicken and lentils are cooked together and topped with roasted garlic … medium spicy.

Aloo Palak
Potatoes in creamy spinach.

Special Teas

Cranberry iced tea
Mango peach hot tea with honey

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Home Cooking

If you’ve ever wanted to learn about the brilliant spices that bring Indian food to life, you can attend a free lecture and potluck this Sunday with author Nani Power. Power will speak about her new book Ginger and Ganesh, followed by a potluck dinner. The event takes place on Nov. 13 from 4:30-6:30 pm at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton Street, NW. It is sponsored by the non-profit organization Slow Food DC. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Specials for the Week of Nov. 5-12

Here are the weekly specials at Heritage India Georgetown.

Bartenders Specials

Mongo Pongo
Dry Vermouth, orange vodka, lemon juice, orange juice and a dash of bitters shaken with lime peel and poured over ice.


Bread Pakora
Spicy potato and peas packed between sliced bread, smeared with cilantro sauce, dipped in chickpea batter and fried. Served with tamarind-date chutney.


Tamarind Fish
A specialty of southern India, this tangy and zesty fish curry is known by many different names in all the southern states of India. Fish fillet cooked with tamarind, coconut and dry red chilies.


Aloo Parantha
Whole wheat naan filled with spiced potato and baked in the Tandoori oven.

Special Teas

Orange iced tea
Strawberry orange hot green tea

Friday, November 4, 2011

Exceptional Quality is Affordable

At Heritage India Georgetown, local university students often come to dine with us. For them and others who may be living on a tight budget these days, we draw your attention to the Washington Examiner, which recently showed readers how to dine for less than $30.

Click over to “DC Cheap Eats Quickies: Heritage India has meals for under $30 dollars” and enjoy the tasty tips!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

All Smiles

We’re so grateful for the feedback from our happy guests. Here are two of many cases from the Smile Files.

Mrs. Mendez surrounded by her children.

The Mendez family from Pittsburgh visited Heritage India Dupont Circle. Pictured at center, Mom said it was the best Indian food they had ever eaten.

We don’t know the anonymous artist who drew this picture in our guest book, but we love it!

If you have feedback, we’d love to hear your comments on Facebook, Twitter, here on the blog or directly to


 Each week, our bartender creates a special cocktail for Heritage Asia and Heritage India Georgetown. This week, it’s Harvest Punch, a blend of lemon juice, orange juice, apple cider, crème de banana, Dark Spiced Rum and vodka shaken with ice and served with a cinnamon stick float.

We also offer a rotation of seasonal beers. Here’s what’s on tap now:

Shock Top Belgian White
Well balanced and very refreshing. The flavor is citrusy, mainly lemon, with notes of apple dumpling and vanilla.

Stella Artois
A classic Belgian lager, golden in color with exceptional clarity and a spicy hop character

Bass Ale
A full-flavored English malt with aromatic hops. Salts and minerals combine to give Bass its slightly burnt, roasted aroma and full-bodied flavor.

You can enjoy our draft beers for just $2.50 during our nightly happy hour from 5 to 7:30 pm at the Heritage Asia bar.

We also have a full selection of specialty cocktails and non-alcoholic favorites like mango lassi and masala tea. Whatever is in your glass, cheers!

Sweet and Simple

Honey ice cream

As regular readers of our blog know, we spend a lot of time talking about our food. After all, it’s the centerpiece of our business and our basic raison d’être. It’s also the reason for our best-in-class reputation. Our chefs literally labor all day to marinade our Tandoori meats and blend our curries to perfection.

For a quick moment, let’s get our minds off the crave-worthy chicken tikka masala, lamb vindaloo and addictive nans. Let’s fast-forward to the end of the meal and eat dessert.

Classic Indian desserts are served at both our Heritage India locations. Dupont Circle also offers a selection of Continental sweets with flirtatious names like “A Tryst for Two.” On the lighter side, both restaurants and Heritage Asia offer sorbets and ice creams. You can choose one flavor or mix and match three flavors, including our new honey ice cream, pictured above.

What’s more, the lunch buffet at Heritage India Dupont Circle includes an ever-changing selection of off-menu desserts. No matter how full you may be, there’s always room for a spoonful of sweets. The rotation includes surprises such as gajar halva, a carrot pudding aglow with a vibrant orange that will catch your eye and delight your palate. Because every savory meal deserves a sweet finish.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Happy Hour in Georgetown

Chicken satay is one of a dozen starters we feature during our nightly Happy Hour.

Our Georgetown location hosts a daily happy hour with a selection of starters from Heritage Asia and Heritage India, plus terrific drink specials. Happy Hour takes place at the Heritage Asia bar from 5 to 7:30 pm daily and features:

  • Starters priced at buy one, get 50% off the second
  • Margaritas for $3.75 a glass or $18.95 a pitcher
  • House wine for $3.50
  • Draft beer for $2.50
  • Bottled beer for $3.00
  • Mojitos for $4.50
  • Martinis and cocktails for $4.25

We invite you to begin your evening at Happy Hour and continue to enjoy a first-class dinner in our Heritage Asia or Heritage India dining room. This way, you’ll impress your dinner companions – and your taste buds – with a broad array of delightful foods and drinks.

Happy Anniversary from Heritage India Dupont Circle

Nicola Mrazek came to Heritage India Dupont Circle to pick up a carryout order, but this was no routine dinner. Her friends were celebrating their wedding anniversary and had held their reception at Heritage India, so Nicola returned exactly three years later to bring back a taste of the happy day. Nicola and her friends enjoyed the memorable flavors of Heritage India at home to mark the couple’s anniversary.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Street Food Spotlight: Dahi Bhalle

Dahi bhalle is a sweet and savory starter enjoyed by guests at both Heritage India locations. A popular Indian street food, dahi bhalle is made with savory balls of lentils smothered in fresh yogurt, sprinkled with spices and liberally doused with tamarind chutney.

It has many names throughout India. It’s called dahi bhalle in the north and dahi vada in the south and west. In the east, it’s known as doi bora or dahi bora.

Our Heritage India guests have one name for it: delicious. Once you get to know dahi bhalle, you’ll surely love the dish as well. Sometimes guests are surprised to find the yogurt sauce upon ordering it for the first time. So, here’s what it looks like in all its savory, chewy, tangy, creamy glory. As for its taste, you’ll have to discover it for yourself on your next visit to Heritage India. We look forward to sharing this multi-layered, flavorful dish with you and broadening your repertoire of Heritage India favorites.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Specials for the Week of Oct. 29-Nov. 5

Here are the weekly specials at Heritage India Georgetown.

Bartenders Specials

Harvest Punch
Lemon juice, orange juice, apple cider, crème de banana, Dark Spiced Rum and vodka shaken with ice and served with a cinnamon stick float.

Vegetable Shammi Kabab
A pan-seared fresh vegetable and lentil kebab served with sweet tomato ginger and date chutney.


Chicken Kastoori
A light white meat chicken kebab marinated in fresh herbs and spices (including fenugreek, often called kastoori methi in Hindi; fenugreek comes from the spinach family and is widely used in Asian curries) and grilled in the Tandoori oven.

Lamb Dhansak
Dhansak is a popular Indian dish, especially among the Parsi Zoroastrian community. A deliciously rich lamb curry made with pumpkin and lentils. Also available with chicken.

Special Teas

Mango iced tea
Lavender hot

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Diwali: Festival of Lights

Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth, light, prosperity and wisdom (Credit:

Ganesha, the ‘Remover of Obstacles’ and the ‘Lord of Beginnings.’ (Credit:

Diwali tribute at Heritage India Dupont Circle

 Maybe you’ve heard of the Indian holiday commonly called Diwali. If you’ve been to an Indian restaurant during the holiday, you’ve undoubtedly seen a display of candles, central to this celebration of lights.

The five-day holiday is also called Deepavali and its main day in 2011 is Oct. 26.

As described on,

“Deepavali (also: Depawali, Dipavali, Dewali, Diwali, Divali, Dipotsavi, Dipapratipad ) marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year according to the Lunar Calendar. It literally translated means 'Row of Lights' (from Sanskrit: dipa = lamp / awali = row, line). It celebrates the victory of Goodness over Evil and Light over Darkness - it ushers in the new year. Especially for this event people are cleaning their houses and wear new clothes. Diwali is a 5 day festival as Dhanteras, Choti Diwali, Badi (Main) Diwali, Padwa and Bhaiduj. There are many different names for the days of Diwali in different regions of India (South & North India, East & West India) and in the different languages spoken in that regions (i.e. Hindi, Urdu, Telugu, Tamil, Gujarati, Bengali). During Deepavali people pray to Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth, light, prosperity and wisdom, but also to Ganesha, the ‘Remover of Obstacles’ and the ‘Lord of Beginnings.’”

Among the popular vegetarian foods for the festival is sambal, made with tomatoes, onion, green chilli, lime or lemon juice and coconut. View the recipe here.

Happy Diwali! Deepavali Valthukkal! Shubh Diwali!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Specials for the Week of Oct. 22-29

Here are the weekly specials at Heritage India Georgetown.

Bartenders Specials

Autumn Delight
Scotch topped with apple cider and fresh cinnamon

Chicken lettuce cup


Chicken Lettuce Cup

Spiced chicken tikka topped with raw mango and red onions in a lettuce cup, served with a spicy cilantro-tomato and jalapeño chutney.


Kadhai Chicken / Paneer
Boneless strips of chicken with chili peppers, tomato and freshly ground spices. Kadhai literally means Indian wok. Because the method is similar to stirfry, these dishes are quick, nutritious and full of aroma. Also available as vegetarian Kadhai Paneer (farmers cheese).


Ginger Honey Naan
Naan filled with fresh ginger steeped in honey, baked fresh in the Tandoori oven

Special Teas

Green iced tea
tea: Hot cinnamon tea infused with cinnamon extract

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Specials for the Week of Oct. 15-22

Here are the weekly specials at Heritage India Georgetown.

Bartenders Specials

Coconut Grove
Say hello to autumn – when it’s not so hot and not so cold – with this delightful cocktail of coco rum, creme de banana, white rum, pineapple juice and a dash of lemon juice over ice.


Spinach fritters
Whole spinach leaves in a light chickpea, pomegranate and beer batter, served with tamarind and date chutney.


Kashmiri Lasooni Murgh
This delicious specialty of Kashmir is boneless chicken simmered in a light yogurt, garlic and cashew sauce. Also available with lamb or prawns.


Lemon rice (pictured)

Typical of southern India, this flavorful rice with lemon juice, turmeric, curry leaves and roasted peanuts is made on all festive occasions.

Cilantro and garlic salt naan
Naan bread topped with fresh cilantro and garlic salt.

Special Teas

Pomegranate iced tea: Iced tea with fresh pomegranate juice
Orange herb tea:
Hot tea infused with an orange herbal extract and served with honey

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Specials for the Week of Oct. 8-15

Here are the weekly specials at Heritage India Georgetown.

Bartenders Specials

Coconut Grove
Say hello to autumn – when it’s not so hot and not so cold – with this delightful cocktail of coco rum, creme de banana, white rum, pineapple juice and a dash of lemon juice over ice.


Tandoori aloo grilled jacket potato
A whole potato grilled with Indian spices in the Tandoor oven and topped with a drizzle of spicy cilantro pepper sauce

Makai Naan
Naan bread filled with corn, cilantro and green chilies, baked in the oven and topped with rock salt


Chicken Rogan Josh
Chicken in a rich ginger garlic sauce

Makhmali gobi
Cauliflower florettes in a velvety, rich tomato sauce

Special Teas

Pomegranate iced tea: Iced tea with fresh pomegranate juice
Orange herb tea:
Hot tea infused with an orange herbal extract

Surprise Savings

A mystery gift awaits you at Heritage India. Next time you dine at our Georgetown restaurant, ask for the “Just Glance” flyer. Scan the QR code for a special something to enjoy right then and there. A secret surprise … zap to it!

Get to Know Heritage Asia for 50% Off

Maybe you’ve stolen a glimpse of our sister restaurant, Heritage Asia Thai Bistro, on your way upstairs to Heritage India Georgetown. You keep telling yourself that you’ll try it one day. Here’s some incentive for you to do so. With a smartphone, you can access a code for 50% off via Scoutmob, for a savings of up to $15. Claim your discount code at View the menu and make reservations online at Bon appétit!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Specials for the Week of Oct. 1-8

Here are the weekly specials at Heritage India Georgetown.

Bartenders Specials

Guava Surprise
A refreshing cocktail of guava juice, Vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup.

Fresh Berry Lassi
A refreshing cooler (non-alcoholic) made with a medley of fresh berries churned with yogurt and sugar syrup.


Vegan Tofu Potato Ball
A ball of tofu, potato, fresh herbs and spices fried and served with tamarind sauce

Spinach and ricotta nan
Spinach and Ricotta Cheese Nan
Served with raita (yogurt sauce)


Jhinga Pasanada
Grilled prawns in a light almond sauce

Special Teas

Pomegranate iced tea: Iced tea with fresh pomegranate juice
Rose green tea:
Hot green tea infused with rose extract

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Specials of the Week for Sept. 24-Oct. 1

Here are the weekly specials at Heritage India Georgetown.

Bartenders Specials
Pink Sunset
Pink Sunset
Say goodbye to rainy days and balmy nights and toast in the coming of autumn with this refreshing cocktail of guava juice, strawberry slush, Vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup.

Fresh Mixed Berry Lassi
A refreshing cooler (non-alcoholic) made with fresh seasonal berries churned with yogurt and sugar syrup.


Spinach Samosa
Spinach patties served with tamarind sauce


Jhinga Makhani
Grilled prawns in a light tomato cream sauce

Murgh Sag
Chicken in spinach curry

Special Teas

Pomegranate iced tea: Iced tea with fresh pomegranate juice
Rose green tea:
Hot green tea infused with rose extract

A Perfectly Hospitable Pairing: Your Party, Our Catering

Heritage India is available for catering and private parties, both off-site and in the restaurants. It would be our pleasure to provide exceptional food and service for your special event. We’ll work with you every step of the way to bring unforgettable style and flavor to your honored guests.

An example of plated food, pictured below, is one of many ways we’ll personalize the menu and service to meet your needs.

Your big day may look like the 160-person wedding we recently catered. As illustrated in the photos above, we may create stations of appetizers, followed by table service of family-style dishes cooked and presented with the utmost attention to quality and fine detail.  

Please allow us to serve your next business gathering, social celebration or other important event. We can be reached at the phone numbers at right. Thanks and we look forward to speaking with you.

East Meets West on the Tapas Plate

Do you like your food vividly flavorful and creatively multicultural?

If so, feast your eyes on the Spice Route section of the menu at our Dupont Circle restaurant. It’s full of innovative blends that result when east meets west. American and Continental ingredients are the basis of the tapas-inspired small plates. Think crab meat, portobello mushrooms, polenta cake, salmon, shrimp cocktail, calamari, a mozzarella and tomato salad, and so on. Then imagine them spiced up with Indian seasonings and preparation techniques.

lamb vindaloo empanadas

What results are well-executed worldly creations. Latin America and the East come together in tapas such as Southwestern roasted garlic and black bean hummus with Parmesan nan. Another such selection is spicy lamb vindaloo empanadas, pictured. The empanadas are a spicy combination of stewed lamb and potatoes contained in a traditional Mexican empanada. ¡Qué rico!

If you crave more such Latin American small plates, we also invite you to visit Fiesta, a Tex-Mex Tapas Restaurant and Lounge just a few doors south of Heritage India Dupont Circle. Under the same ownership as Heritage India, Fiesta is a celebration of upbeat flavors and colors inspired by the American Southwest. The menu features a fusion of Latin-inspired and Continental tapas as well as tacos, enchiladas, fajitas and other Mexican classics. Like Heritage India Dupont Circle, the don’t-miss Happy Hour includes drink specials and two-for-one tapas (Buy one, get a second of equal or lesser value free in the bar area only).

Fiesta happy hour takes place nightly from 4:30-7:30 pm at 1327 Connecticut Av NW. Visit and connect with Fiesta on Facebook and Twitter for all the Latin flavors your taste buds desire. ¡Buen provecho!

Discount alert: Get 50% off at Fiesta through this What's the Deal coupon posted Sept. 26. Hurry and get yours today!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Taste Some Tapas (and Save Big at Happy Hour)

Dahi bhalla

Khamman dhokla

Our Dupont Circle restaurant boasts 35+ small plates and street food choices ranging from traditional to modern fusion. Classic options include dahi bhalla, lentil dumplings in a light yogurt sauce. We’ve found that guests are surprised to find the yogurt sauce, so do note that it’s served as pictured. Another traditional small plate is khamman dhokla, a flavorful steamed lentil cake with mustard seeds. If you trend modern, you’ll find innovations such as lamb vindaloo empanadas and Mango Tango, a rare blend of fresh mango fillets with boneless tandoori chicken on a bed of field greens and asparagus spears.

Whatever your tastes, you can enjoy many of these dishes for a big discount during our nightly happy hour. From 5 to 7 pm at the bar, tapas are buy one, get one free! (Free tapa of equal or lesser value.) Your savory savings await … We’ll save a barstool for you.

Guests often begin at the bar, then move to a dining room table to feast on Tandoori grilled dishes, curries, nan and other selections from the full menu.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Specials of the Week for Sept. 17-24

Here are the weekly specials at Heritage India Georgetown.

Bartenders Specials

Strawberry Margarita
Say goodbye to rainy days and balmy nights and toast in the coming of autumn with this refreshing cocktail of fresh strawberry blend, tequila and Triple Sec.

Blueberry Lassi
A refreshing cooler (non-alcoholic) made with fresh blueberry puree churned with yogurt and sugar syrup.


Spinach Samosa
Spinach patties served with tamarind sauce


Shahi Zaffrani Murgh

Nimboo Masala Jhinga
Prawns marinated in lemon pepper and grilled in the tandoori oven.

Shahi Zaffrani Murgh (pictured above)
Chicken in a rich Kashmiri cashew-saffron sauce. Also available with lamb.

Special Tea: Ginger Iced Tea
Iced tea with a fresh ginger infusion

Monday, September 12, 2011

New Menu at Heritage Asia

We are pleased to debut the new menu at our sister restaurant, Heritage Asia. Since its opening 16 months ago, this Thai bistro has brought top-quality Pan Asian cuisine to the Glover Park neighborhood. Now, we’re broadening the offerings with an expansive new seven-page menu, including favorites from the original menu plus more than a dozen house specials created by Chef Thasana Midee. Once you’ve viewed the menu at, we’re sure you’ll want to taste it for yourself. The bistro is located at 2400 Wisconsin Ave., on the first floor below Heritage India. It is open for lunch and dinner daily except Sunday, when it is closed for lunch but open for dinner. Heritage Asia shares the same phone number as Heritage India: (202) 333-3120. Connect with Heritage Asia on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated about the exciting new dishes.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Specials of the Week for Sept. 9-16

Here are the weekly specials at Heritage India Georgetown.

Bartenders Specials


Cheers to miserable rainy days with this refreshing cocktail of fresh cane juice, Bacardi Lime, lime juice and fresh mint.

Mixed Fresh Berry Lassi
A refreshing summer cooler (non-alcoholic) made with fresh raspberry puree churned with yogurt and sugar syrup.


Lal Jhinga Cocktail
Shrimp seared with fresh spices and curry powder, served on a bed of greens.


Taza Pudina Murgh Kabab
(pictured above)
Boneless cubes of white meat chicken in a cream cheese, fresh mint and ginger garlic marinade, grilled in the Indian Tandoor oven and served with a light dusting of garlic salt.

Aloo Chutneywalle
Roasted potatoes in a mint, coriander and fresh spice chutney

Special Tea: Raspberry Iced Tea
Iced tea with a fresh raspberry infusion

Monday, September 5, 2011

Especially Special

By popular demand, the Georgetown restaurant is serving last week’s specials for one more week. More “Indian French fries,” lemon pepper chicken and raspberry lassi, please!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Double Dippers Repeat the Treat

An earthquake and a hurricane were not the only things to pass through DC the week of Aug. 22. Our Dupont Circle restaurant was delighted to host two groups of repeat visitors who dined with us two nights in a row. Pictured above, Carla Johannesmeyer of Charleston, S.C., dined with her husband on Tuesday (“earthquake day”) and came back for more by herself on Wednesday. The couple ordered small plates the first night and Ms. Johannesmeyer chose classic curries the second night.

An Englishwoman living in San Francisco came alone Monday night and ordered the popular spinach and cheese dish sag paneer with our house special creamy black lentils, ma ki dal. On Tuesday, she returned with two friends and chose paneer makhni, one of our off-menu vegetarian curries (pictured above.) The dish is made with cubes of Indian cheese (paneer) in a mouth-watering creamy tomato curry.

With so many temptations on the menu, we warmly welcome double dippers. We look forward to serving you … again … and again.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Glorious Desserts for a Stormy Night

Two of six Sprinkles cupcakes gobbled up in Georgetown

 Question: What’s better than Indian comfort food in a hurricane? Answer: Indian comfort food with Sprinkles gourmet cupcakes for dessert. Some Washingtonians weathered the storm to dine with us tonight and we rewarded them with soulful spices and comforting curries. When the last table was cleared and the guests had gone home, the Georgetown staff rewarded ourselves with exquisite cupcakes from our neighboring cupcakery, Sprinkles DC. We thank our guests for joining us tonight and we thank Sprinkles for treating us to a sunshiny taste of LA. (Unfortunately, our pictures didn’t come out, so use your imagination to envision six lovely cupcakes in the hands of six happy staff members).

Specials of the Week for August 26-Sept. 2

Here are the weekly specials at Heritage India Georgetown.

Bartenders Specials

Guava Martini
Raise a glass to sunny days and balmy nights with this refreshing cocktail of fresh guava juice, Absolut Citron, Triple Sec and lime juice.

Raspberry Lassi
A refreshing summer cooler (non-alcoholic) made with fresh raspberry puree churned with yogurt and sugar syrup.


Hariyali Aloo Tikki
Spinach, potato and sweet corn patties served with spicy chickpeas and topped with tamarind sauce.


Lemon Pepper Murgh Kabob

Boneless cubes of white meat chicken in a cream cheese, lemon pepper and ginger garlic marinade, grilled in the Indian Tandoor oven and served with a light dusting of rock salt.

Batata Chilli Fry

Batata Chilli Fry (pictured above)
Batata, the commonly used term for potato in western India, is fried with fresh green chillies, a dash of garlic and sour mix spices. These Indian French fries are tangy, spicy and hot!

Special Tea: Herbal Orange Iced Tea

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Chef Steps Out from Behind the Kitchen Door

Chef Dawa, who is usually ensconced in the Georgetown kitchen, steps out into the dining room to pose with the chicken pakoras he has prepared as a special starter this week. See the description below and then we’ll see you in our dining room soon. Call or book your reservation online using the links in the right-hand column.

Specials of the Week for August 19-26

Here are the weekly specials at Heritage India Georgetown.

Bartenders Specials

Ginatini (Ginger Tamarind Martini)
Raise a glass to sunny days and balmy nights with this refreshing cocktail of fresh tamarind pulp, ginger, cane sugar and a zest of lime and vodka.

Banana Lassi
A refreshing summer cooler (non-alcoholic) made with fresh banana puree churned with yogurt and sugar syrup.

Starter: Chicken pakoras (pictured above): cubes of chicken in a lightly spiced chickpea batter, fried and served with tamarind sauce.


Murgh Begum Bahar

A traditional dish from Kashmir with chicken in a light tomato, fennel and ginger sauce. Similar to our popular butter chicken (murgh makhani) but without the creamy base. The deep flavor of slow-cooked tomatoes is highlighted in this curry sauce, which bears resemblance to a gourmet Italian sauce with a decidedly Indian accent.

Phool Gobi Bahar
The vegetarian version of the above with fresh cauliflower florettes

Special Tea: Herbal Orange Iced Tea

Monday, August 15, 2011

Weekly Specials in the Spirit of Independence

Aug. 15 is Indian Independence Day and Heritage India is celebrating with a special dish all week. First, some nibbles of brain food:

Read a brief description of Indian Independence Day

See the New York Times story and original front page from Independence Day, Aug. 15, 1947

Learn about the national song of India, “Vande Mataram,” meaning “I bow to thee, Mother” 

Click the flag for information about its history and significance

Now, the weekly specials at our Georgetown location for Aug. 12-19:

Bartenders Specials

Crash and Burn

Raise a glass to sunny days and balmy nights with this refreshing cocktail of seven liquors, tropical fruit juices and a splash of 151 Rum to finish

Blueberrry Lassi
A refreshing non-alcoholic summer cooler of fresh blueberries churned with yogurt and sugar syrup

Starter: Tiranga Paneer Kabab
A flag of patriotic flavors, as described in the post below


Murgh do Piaza
Boneless cubes of chicken in a rich onion sauce

Sarson Saag
Fresh mustard ground with spinach and roasted spices

Special tea: Mango iced tea

Sunday, August 14, 2011

A Flag of Flavors for Indian Independence Day, Aug. 15

Indian Independence Day is August 15 and our weekly featured special at Georgetown is a visual representation of the tricolor Indian flag. Tiranga Paneer Kabab is starter of cottage cheese with rows of mango and coriander chutney to represent the orange and green stripes of the flag. The cheese is marinated in yogurt, cumin and our exclusive garam masala seasoning. The spicy coriander and sweet mango will enliven your taste buds with their complementary flavors and liberate you from an ordinary meal. Come and celebrate Indian Independence Day with us and taste our special tribute to the motherland ... only at the Georgetown location this week!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

¡Viva Vegans!

Vegetarians have long known that Heritage India offers abundant choices. Now the news is out that vegans, too, will find a wide selection of flavorful dishes.

The Veracious Vegan recently blogged about an experience at our Dupont Circle restaurant, which features small plates and street food in addition to the well-known curries. Spicy tofu with mustard seeds and plum tomatoes, for example, is our definition of a “vegan’s dream come true.” Hungry for more? We advise you to do as the Veracious Vegan did and ask your server about the full range of vegan options.

Our Georgetown location has the widest variety of entrée-sized vegan curries. Some dishes are also available at the Dupont Circle restaurant. While we welcome you to dine in, you can also enjoy our vegan treats at home with a carryout or delivery order.

Heritage India Georgetown vegan entrées include:

KURKURI BHINDI: Crisp okra tossed with onions and topped with dry mango powder

ALOO GOBI MASALA: Potatoes and cauliflower sautéed with onions, tomatoes and herbs

GOBI MASALA: Cauliflower in tomato onion sauce

DHINGRI MATTAR: A fresh green peas and mushroom curry

VEGETABLE VINDALOO: A spicy vegetable curry
ALOO MATTAR: Potato and peas curry   

VEGETABLE JALFREZI: Fresh vegetables sautéed in fresh herbs and spices

BHARTHA: Eggplant puree with tomato and onion

LENTILS OF THE DAY: Spiced yellow lentils

CHANNA MASALA: Chickpeas in fresh herbs and spices

Monday, August 8, 2011

Groupon Alert!

Today, we offer a Groupon for half-off at Heritage India Georgetown and Dupont Circle. Irresistible, isn’t it?

“Hurry, limited time offer,” as they say in the advertising business!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Mustard, You Say? Make That Shorshay.

 Shorshay, a spicy mustard curry, is our tribute to National Mustard Day.

Saturday, August 6 is National Mustard Day, sponsored by the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wisconsin. Mustard is the basis of several well-known curries, so Heritage India is honoring the holiday with an exquisite Bengali fish curry called Shorshay Maach.

The Heritage India kitchen has skillfully blended mustard seeds, ginger, garlic, tomatoes, onion, green chilies and coconut milk into a lushly flavorful and zesty curry that treats the palate to a truly distinctive taste experience. It is served with Mahi Mahi or cauliflower. The mustard flavor is spicy but more smooth than the traditional pungency of mustard.

Shorshay Maach and Gobi are featured on the weekly specials menu at our Georgetown location through Friday, August 12. We hope you enjoy our tribute to National Mustard Day. Once you try it, please share your comments below.

Specials of the Week for August 5-12

Here are the weekly specials at Heritage India Georgetown.

Martini a la India
Raise a glass to sunny days and balmy nights with this refreshing cocktail of fresh green mango pulp, mango-flavored vodka, Triple Sec and a splash of mango juice.

Kiwi Strawberry Lassi
A refreshing summer cooler (non-alcoholic) made with fresh strawberries and kiwi churned with yogurt and sugar syrup.

Starter: Aloo chaat, a warm Indian potato salad (pictured)

Entrees for Mustard Week – Heritage India’s celebration of National Mustard Day on Aug. 6

Shorshay Maach
Fish fillet in a spicy freshly ground mustard sauce

Shorshay Gobi
Fresh cauliflower florettes in a spicy mustard sauce

Special Tea: Cranberry Cinnamon Iced Tea