Cooking Indian Food to Rejuvenate
Thursday, February 19th, 2009
It was a simple event consisting of friends and their little ones for dinner. Our friends had requested authentic Indian food. Both my husband and I thought: Ummm… great Indian food and we know of a wonderful Indian restaurant. Let’s order out, serve it in our own dishes and conveniently not mention it wasn’t home-made. Love it! We invited our friends for dinner and emphatically stated that we will most definitely be having authentic Indian food.
After a few days, a fleeting thought began to materialize as I pondered if there was a “wow” dish in my cooking repertoire, something I made consistently that I knew could be a star.
Ahh, how did I forget about familiar and satiating chicken curry. So with a little menu planning ingenuity to keep it simple and basic no-stress entertaining rules we cooked a home-made Indian meal for our friends.
Outcome: We had a blast in cooking our main menu items from scratch and had a rejuvenating time with our friends while listening to good music.
De-Stress as You Entertain:
1. My Favorite – Play Good Music to Match the Cuisine. We had Bhangra music to get started as we did the hard work of peeling and dicing onions, garlic & ginger. We listened to Ravi Shankar as the food simmered to give it that flavorful secret ingredient – “time.”
2. Break from Tradition – pick dishes that don’t take all day
3. Pace Yourself – make what you can in advance
4. Focus on Your “Wow” Factor – put your energy towards one good dish
5. Clean as You Cook – seriously helps in decreasing the stress later
6. Day of the Event – keep it simple and plan to do the final touches to dishes
Interested in Trying to Cook Indian Food?
Check out these recipe resources:
1. Climbing the Mango Tree – A memoir by internationally known actress and cookbook writer Madhur Jaffrey. A great read and bonus family recipes at the end of the book.
3. Everything Indian Cookbook – Washington DC’s own Monica Bhide Cookbook Author – great for the novice