$14.95 Calories: 519 Total fat: 19g Saturated fat: 3g Protein: 16g Dietary fiber: 23g The Helmand stuffs succulent baby eggplants with fresh spinach and simmers them in a piquant sun-dried tomatoes and herb sauce. These vegetarian dolmas are just one of the enchanting Afghan dishes that Quayum Karzai's famed Mount Vernon restaurant has been serving for 23 years. Note: This version subs the rice (pictured) with lentils, which the restaurant does by request. The Helmand was growing its own produce before anyone dreamed that it would become a trend. No one speaks of the Helmand as a health-food restaurant, but it is. The food is clean, wholesome and always delicious.
Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun
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