As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2016, coming April 20, we're serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes. Here are the best dishes, drinks, snacks, and sweet treats we encountered over the last year.
If lentils strike you as something you tolerate because you know legumes are good for you, the pappadams that Heather Jansz serves at her Curry Diva pop-up dinners will be a revelation. Who knew lentils could be transformed into a snack that would win in a smackdown (snackdown?) against potato chips every time?
Pappadams can be succinctly described as wafers made with lentil flour, but that hardly does justice to their glories. If you’ve never tried one, a pappadam is about the size of a crepe, and when the dough hits the frying oil, they puff up into crispy pillows of savory goodness. Aside from being damn tasty, half the fun of eating them is breaking the thin, shatteringly crisp discs into mouth-size shards.
At the Curry Diva pop-up, your pappadams will be fried to order, so you get to enjoy them at their peak of decadent deliciousness. Paired with one of Jansz’s homemade chutneys, they’re a nosh that you will think about at night when you’re home with a six pack or a bottle of wine and wishing for a nibble. You’ll be sorry you ever mocked the lowly lentil.