As someone who grew up eating Indian food every day of her life, it was difficult to live in Baltimore and not have access to certain comfort foods. Once I found Kumari, the little hole in my heart, and tummy, was filled with fragrant dishes and beautifully seasoned food. A must visit if you're in the Mount Vernon area. Don't be fooled by the other Indian restaurants on Charles Street; this is the closest you'll find to the real deal in Baltimore!
The Nepalese staff were so used to seeing me walk in that they already knew what I would order: Maharani Dhal Thadka, Saffron Rice, Chicken Kadai, and Aloo Jeera. In many North Indian restaurants, the chefs can be rather heavy-handed with the ghee (clarified butter), masalas, and turmeric - but at Kumari, they let the spice in question be the star of the show. The Aloo Jeera (potato with cumin) is exactly that - potato with cumin. And it's delicious. Although I'm unsure of how much of the cuisine is truly Nepali, my taste buds had no complaints. They also serve a brilliantly brewed, milky, cardamom-spiced chai. On many a rainy Baltimore afternoon, I've sat by the window with textbook in one hand and chai in the other.