Vegetarian Delights of NYC–Khatsa


No, there’s no cat in khatsa, or khat (the Egyptian semi-euphoric smokeable herb), either. Rather, khatsa is a wonderful vegetarian salad of cauliflower, potatoes, freshly shelled peas, pickled black peppercorns, and cilantro gobbed with a spicy red dressing. It can be acquired at Himalayan Cafe, an East Village Nepalese diner. Plenty of other vegetarian stuff on the menu, including the ginger-laced tofu soup called thang, the incendiary stir-fry chili dofu (that’s tofu in Nepali), and tsel momo–dumplings stuffed with season veggies. 78 East 1st Street, 212-358-0160 

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