Sunday, January 25, 2009

Our Indian Feast

I got to take a wonderful five-day trip to Connecticut recently to visit my sister and her family...we did it last year, too, in spite of the COLD. One of the highlights of both this year and last year is when Sushil, my BIL, decides he needs to whip up an Indian meal...or, as I would call it, an Indian feast...

This year there was no bread rolling...Sushil bought the BEST paratha (don't check my spelling on that)...

He outdid himself...a coconut chicken curry...Yes, we cracked the coconut and used fresh fresh fresh...And this is the curry topped with cilantro...Then a stewed green veg dish...think of it as the Indian version of our southern greens...spinach, potatoes, veg, all stewed with a touch of dal...

Then we had to have okra or bhindi as we call it in our house. That's right, that's what I said, okra. And can I just say, I now LOVE okra...er, I mean bhindi. I couldn't say that before. In Indian cooking, it's chopped, sauteed in hot oil and finished with spices...It's crispy, a bit charred...so good. Not gooey. Not gelatinous...It. Is. GOOD.Was there dessert? Probably not. I ate too much okra.

Ready to try your hand at some authentic Indian dishes? Check out my friend Monica Bhide's latest cookbook, Modern Spice: Inspired Indian Flavors for the Contemporary Kitchen.

6 comments:

Pat Advaney said...

sushil will be proud to see his works of art immortalized on your blog....!! Agree the coconut chicken is the best....yum.

pinkstripes said...

Wow! Making coconut curry with a fresh, whole coconut. I'm impressed. I'm sure the taste was outstanding!

Christie's Corner said...

I just ate lunch but now I'm hungry again. Love the shot of the fresh coconut!

Beth said...

That looks AMAZING! I love Indian food and have been a little too intimidated to try it personally, but I might have to after seeing your delicious looking post.

TeaLady said...

HOme made curry. The best.. And someone else to make it. Doesn't get any better. Love Okra. Fried. But will have to try it his way.

Maris said...

I have been wanting to try more ethnic food and Indian is definitely on my list. This sounds like a great feast!