Five Bites On Friday

The fabulous Monica Bhide, a DC-based writer and author of the new cookbook "Modern Spice," provides us with a delicious list of bites today. Her cookbook dispels myths about Indian cuisine being all about the curry and dishes up modern recipes like paneer and fig pizza and salmon with kumquat chutney.

There's also a chapter on cocktails, including Guava Bellinis, a Tamarita, a tamarind spin on the margarita, and Rum and Roses, using Rooh Afza rose syrup. Find it here.

1. Palak chaat at Rasika

2. Hünkãr begendi at Zaytinya

3. Syrian lamb at Indique Heights

4. Chicken tikka makhni at Passage to India

5. Bombay sev puri at Bombay Club

Five Bites is a place for Metrocurean readers — and DC's top chefs — to share all the delicious things they've been eating and drinking. E-mail five of your favorites and whether you'd like your name and a picture included to metrocurean AT