Eating to Live on the Outside: Nirvana

Finally! It’s Saturday. I thought this week would never end. Okay, it’s time for a “trip” to Washington, DC. Today, Eating to Live on the Outside heads to Nirvana in the nation’s capital.

Alright, let’s see what he got here. Well, it looks good, a bunch of veggies and other goodies. Here’s a quick list of stuff I might order:

Amiri Khaman

  • Steamed cooked lentil cakes; lentils are always cool.


  • Lentil soup cooked with vegetables and roasted spices; more kudos for lentils.

Awakening Salad

  • Romaine lettuce, tomato and spring onion served with a tart peppery dressing; looks like a good one.

Chick Peas Salad

  • Chick peas, tomatoes, and onion, with fresh cilantro and a lemon dressing; another winner here.

Nirvana Salad

  • Cabbage, tomato, cucumber, apple, grapes and more with fresh cilantro and spicy and tangy dressing; I love combining fruit and veggies in a salad!

Vegetable Biryani

  • Basmati rice cooked with mixed vegetables, herbs, cashews and spices; I dig it, I’m okay with the rice, no worries.

Bisi Bele Huli Anna

  • Basmati rice cooked with lentils, vegetables and cashews; cashews are awesome, same deal with the rice.


  • Baked eggplant cooked to perfection with a chef’s special blend of spices; pretty simple, I like it.

Bharva Subji

  • Cherry potatoes, eggplant and peppers stuffed with specially roasted spices; another good one.

Aloo Gobi

  • Potatoes and cauliflower curry; no problems here.

Chole masala

  • Chick pea curry from North India; this will help you fart.

Tarka Dal

  • Yellow split pea lentil cooked with ginger, green chilies, cilantro, and tomatoes blend of spices and flavors; not a bad choice either.

Yeah, I think Nirvana is very doable. Plenty to choose from! As for me, I’m going with the Nirvana Salad or maybe the Bisi Bele Huli Anna.

Now I need your help. Flip through Nirvana’s menu and let me know what you’d order. Do tell, do tell!

Image credit: Nirvana

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Gina - June 27, 2009 1:38 PM

I live in the DC area and haven't heard of or tried this place. I'd be VERY surprised if it wasn't full of too much oil like every other Indian restaurant I've ever eaten in. I love Indian food but the oil just gives me acid reflux and I always regret eating it. Also, not ETL acceptable with all that oil. If this place is an exception it will be a wonderful, unexpected, amazing find. But I doubt it.

Teresa - June 28, 2009 4:04 PM

Come on. You know that you cannot eat anything here and stay ETL. The food will have oil and salt.

Ask Dr. F. Would he actually approve anything here?

Gerry Pugliese - June 28, 2009 7:17 PM

Hey Teresa-

You're forgetting one VERY important fact. Pretty much any restaurant you go to isn't going to be Fuhrman-friendly.

So, you got to do the best you can. What's the alternative? Never go out? That's kind of the point of this whole series. Wink, wink, hint, hint. ;)


Sara - July 2, 2009 8:11 PM

But do you really want a dish that is mostly white rice with a little veggies and other good stuff thrown in ? I have not been to an Indian restaurant in years.

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