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Good eats from chef Farhan Momin [this MasterChef serves up impressive Indian fare]

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MasterChef contestant and fellow Brown in the South chef Farhan Momin serves of modern Indian fare. Here’s a look at some his best creations!

Known by his nickname “Farmo,” Farhan is an Atlanta Native Chef and General Dentist who has received attention by being on MasterChef Season 9 and with his Farmo Cooks Supper Club. Farhan and his father just opened Atlanta Halal Meat & Food in Suwanee. They not only provide the freshest locally sourced halal meat in the Greater Atlanta area, but Atlanta Halal features a 24-seat cafe serving up Farhan’s renowned fried chicken and Nihari Sandwich alongside fresh-to-order kababs and curries.

What is Chef Farhan Momin’s background?

Before he became a star chef, I tried some of his best dishes. Not your average millennial, I met him while he was still in school at nearby Emory University where he was completing his degree in neuroscience. His family owns a butcher shop in the same plaza, where he has spent some time working.  Operating for years, he knows he can get quality locally sourced meats for his dishes from just doors away.

“I have been cooking since I was a young child and I began experimenting in the kitchen, combining my Indian heritage and my southern roots. I continued this passion into college where I study neuroscience by day and experiment in the kitchen by night.” – Farhan Momin

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MasterChef, Farhan Momin

His now closed Tava Indian Bistro was not what you would expect from the Bombay-esque looking plaza where it was located. It is modern looking with faux wood walls and an overall minimalist style. It reflected Momin’s style, it’s more of East meets West. Beyond the decor, the Bihari Chicken wings, are covered with Indian spices, but obviously more American than Indian.

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Chicken Wings + Chora Chat

A foodie at heart, Farhan has had a passion for cooking for quite some time. He loves watching cooking shows and in fact, he came up with the Chora Chat (pictured above), an appetizer made with fried chickpeas, after being inspired by one of Alton Brown’s shows.

What are some of Farhan Momin’s best eats and drinks?

Non alcoholic drinks he served me were the Pistachio and Saffron Lassi, but the Nimboo Pani, sweet lemonade with a hint of cumin, was my favorite. Like offal? There’s Lamb brains and Lamb kidney on the menu too.

Again, instead of typical Indian curries served with bread (Naan), he creates sandwiches served with chips. See what I mean about that Americanized Indian food? Hands down one of his specials, the Nihari Sandwich a minced type of lamb was was the best thing I tried. And it’s not just the meat and seasoning. It’s the bread too. Farhan shared that he gets the bread from a special bakery, though he was rather tight-lipped about letting me on where it is sourced.

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Lamb Pasanda, Shrimp Katakat

Other dishes, the Chicken Tikka Masala and Shrimp Katakat (a stir fried dish) were also incredibly well-executed but didn’t reach the same caliber as the Lamb dishes. Besides the lamb sandwich, a Pasanda, slow cooked on the Tava, was another favorite. Marinated in yogurt, it has a slightly bitter, yet pleasing taste.

If you can’t make it to his Decatur restaurant, you can catch Farhan at various popups at Indian restaurants in Atlanta. But I sure hope you can get a taste of his talent because this Master Chef, Farhan Momin is quite talented.

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Malika Bowling

Malika is the author of several books including Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and the founder of Roamilicious. She is also a Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant. Follow us @Roamilicious on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for the content not shared on the blog. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter (subscribe box below) and never miss a contest, giveaway or the latest must visit restaurant!