Monday, January 2, 2012

Ravi Kabob

Lamb kabob with salad, rice, and chickpeas
Ravi Kabob (technically Ravi I - there are multiple locations) is a quaint Pakistani restaurant located in a small strip in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington. When we make a road trip just outside the District it's one of our favorite places to grab a quick, but extremely satisfying bite to eat. As one should assume, the menu is mostly filled with tender and flavorful kabob options ranging from chicken to lamb for about $9.50 - $16.00 (includes rice, salad, and tandoori bread).

Although the kabobs are fantastic, what really rocks our world are the chickpeas. I wish I knew their secret recipe which I assume involves stewing for hours in subtle spices until they are perfect for scooping with bread. After our first visit to Ravi, I was determined to find a chickpea recipe that I could make at home. Theirs is the best we've ever tried, but if you have a hankering for chickpeas and are not local try this recipe from smitten kitchen.

Just a heads up, Ravi Kabob is an "order at the counter"/no frills sort of place and is CASH ONLY.

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  1. Omg, I love going here with my coworkers...and they are just as in love with the chickpeas :) I've tried most of the meat options and all have been delicious. Love it!

  2. No tomatoes in Ravi's chana, also dried chick peas are the way to go, there's a whole science behind it. This video is the blueprint minus the tomato.