Last night my husband hosted his poker group for dinner. I decided to prepare all my favorite Indian food recipes. I've shared most of them with you, but here's a new one: Cucumber Raita. Similar to tzatziki for Greek food, it's the "cooling agent" used to balance all the spices in the other dishes.
Cucumber Raita (Serves 4-6)
Recipe adapted from Phillis Carey
2 1/2 cups Greek style yogurt
1/4 cup sour cream
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
1 serrano chili, finely chopped
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. garam masala
1/4 tsp. ground coriander
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 Tbsp chopped cilantro
Whisk yogurt until smooth in a large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and chill for 1 hour before serving.
The evening started out with appetizers. Cheese plate:
I bought these frozen Indian style appetizers at Trader Joe's and they were pretty good!
Dinner's star was my favorite recipe ever: Indian Butter Chicken. Please make this.
I served the chicken with basmati rice:
Saag Paneer (basically Indian style creamed spinach). I made the paneer cheese myself. It's easy. Try this too.
Naan bread (Trader Joe's frozen naan=excellent):
This is one of my favorite meals EVER!!!!! It's a lot of work to put it all together but it's well worth it.
By the way, I made my "Crack Brownies" for dessert. After all those rich Indian dishes, I was somehow able to resist.
Breakfast this morning was scrambled egg beaters with salsa, asparagus and cheddar cheese.
I took the kids to school and went on my son's class field trip. Afterwards I stopped at Urban Plates for lunch. I went out of the box today. I did not get a salad.
I got the oven roasted salmon with mustard, Brussels sprouts and tomato salad. The salmon and the Brussels sprouts were excellent. I didn't like the tomato salad as much because I found the tomatoes a but mushy. Can't win em all!
Is there a certain cuisine that you'd love to learn how to cook? I'd love to try cooking Thai food!