Our family has been learning a little about India recently, and it’s put me in the mood for some delicious food! Our go-to Saturday date night meal is curry. Though I’ll confess that we usually share a frozen meal; we’ve enjoyed making a few meals ourselves (but sadly, I haven’t taken photos of these to share). Phil usually makes a nice naan or side dish as well. Tonight Phil’s going out to dinner with his family and I’m home with the kids while they recover from illness. We won’t be having an Indian meal tonight, but that doesn’t stop me from thinking about one! So to tide me over until next week…I’m sharing some delicious Indian cuisine from some friends.
Funnily enough, I’m not sure if I had Indian food before moving to Japan. And over here in Northern Ireland, it’s also a popular choice; although the heat is toned down and the recipes changed to cater to the local taste. I remember visiting a TexMex restaurant only to find out that the only TexMex item on the whole menu was the rice; which they didn’t recommend!
When I enquired, they said that their original menu didn’t sell so they kept the name of the establishment, but changed their menu to be the same as at every other mainstream restaurant. This is one reason why I love to try authentic recipes that haven’t been adulterated. I want to taste what the meal is really meant to taste like.
Sometimes fusion can be fun and delicious, but sometimes, one wants the real deal; here are some recipes I’ve gathered up from some blogging friends…I’d especially recommend The Write Balance as she shares recipes handed down through her family and generously shares them will all of us. 🙂
Which brings me to the first two main dishes…from The Write Balance.
- On the left is Kukra Vari Daar (Chickpea and Chicken Daar). I have most of these items ready to go right now (I only need some chicken)!
- To the right is a tasty one-pot rice dish, Akni, which is Salma’s favourite Indian rice dish.
I promised you drinks and desert…and these look full of flavour and richness; just perfect to sooth the spices from the main meal.
- On the left is a low-fat mango lassi by Local Fun For Kids.
- To the right are kulfi popsicles by The Write Balance.
- Crafty Moms Share has reviewed the Cafe Spice cookbook, which I’ve had my eye on for a while.
- I also have a recipe for Bombay baked potatoes that you might like to try.
- And if you’re looking for a great way to keep your curries and sides warm, we like to use our Electric Indian Buffet Server.
And for a little fun, why not play Guess The Spice? I have a free booklet for you that your children can use to become familiar with some of the common spices used in Indian cooking.
My mouth is watering already, just thinking of which of these recipes I’m going to try first! Many thanks to my community for allowing me to share these delicious recipes with you.