Motivated partially by Jim's "Call to Eat," my husband, some friends, and I had dinner at Kabul in Indianapolis last night. (It's located at the corner of 82nd and Ditch, several blocks past Shapiro's). We've been there several times before, and the food was as enjoyable as always. Appetizers were really good - we got a mixed appetizer platter for the table which contained a flaky pastry called "sambosa" (which is a first cousin to an Indian samosa), a mushroom dish which our two-year-old insisted on eating most of, a leek dumpling with a yogurt sauce called "aushok," and another dumpling whose name escapes me at the moment. All were delicious, but the aushok was particularly good, and apparently the mushrooms were wonderful (judging by my son's reaction, since all the adults at the table forked over their share of 'shrooms to him). The soup, aush, was outstanding - a minestrone-like blend of tomatoes, chickpeas, other beans, and noodles, with lots of dill and tangy yogurt stirred in. The entrees were good, but not remarkable, except for the kebabs. I had a dish called "kurma pallow," which is basically a meat curry (lamb, in my case)interleaved with saffron rice. One friend ordered the fish, which turned out not to be a wise choice. But the lamb kebabs, which the five-year-old at the table ordered, were quite delicious. The service was very pleasant and helpful, but a bit slow.
It was a nice surprise to us to see that the restaurant was far from deserted. We thought we might be the only ones there, but when we left the dining room was more than half full- admittedly, not as much business as you'd normally expect on a Friday, but still, better than might be expected. Apparently a sizeable portion of Indie residents are remaining level-headed during the current crisis.