The other day I tried out a couple of plates in Himalayan Heights from Jeff Orlick’s Ambassador Program. It was an incredibly, incredibly hot day. So I was gladdened to see a sign in Gangjong Kitchen that read “Beat the heat: Limbu Pani, Lassi, Changkhol Shake.” ‘What’s limbu pani?”, I asked Jeff. “It’s a spicy lemonade, really refreshing,” he said. So we each ordered one.
Limbu pani means simply “lemon water,” in Hindi but as Jeff mentioned this is no simple Country Time. (Incidentally Gangjong is a Tibetan restaurant, but the Indian influence crops in items like kulfi,lassi, and the use of curry in some dishes.) The addition of spices like pepper and cumin make this tart and spicy beverage strangely refreshing. What makes it even stranger is the use of kala namak, which lends a sulfurous note. Perhaps I’ll go back later today, and try out one of those changkhol shakes.
Here’s what I’d like to know: What are you eating and or drinking to keep your cool in this first heat wave of summer? Tell me in the comments or hit me on the Twitter, @JoeDiStefano.