Reader Babs wrote PLOG suggesting that each month we ask a neighborhood restaurant owner to share a personal favorite dish from his or her own menu. For the first installment of what we will call The Local Dish we visited Gandhi Fine Indian Cuisine. Owner Begum Marium couldn’t quite pick just one favorite entree but that’s hardly a surprise. It’s been almost a year since the Bedford Avenue establishment opened and PLOG has continued to hear strong reviews.

Pictured counter clockwise with Begum is the Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Biryani and Chicken Masala (with a side of Basmati rice). Besides the tasty food, we were touched by the friendliness of the staff and Begum’s welcoming demeanor. There appears to be a lot of laughter and warmth at Gandhi. Maybe that’s the real secret ingredient to great cooking.