I threw a dinner party last night for my globe trotting friends (whom we went to Ibiza to see get married last year) and are finally back home in Perth. One is a vegetarian and loves curries so I thought Indian with its lentils and spices would be a good cuisine to cook.
Pete and I took turns in the kitchen on Saturday starting at lunchtime and 5 hours later we'd cooked up 7 tasty dishes and were enjoying a glass of wine by the time our guests arrived ... Ok so maybe I was running around trying to find the matches to light the candles, Pete was still in his cooking clothes covered in flour and I was trying to wash dishes for the millionth time that day! But I still managed to open the door with a glass of wine in hand and a smile on my face ... they don't call me Hostess with the Mostess for nothing!
The spices used in these dishes are heated first and then ground up and they release the most incredible aroma and flavour. None of the dishes were too hot either, we made them all quite mild (scraping out the chili seeds) and put a bowl of chopped chilies on the table for those that like it hot.
- Spiced Coriander, Lentil and Barley Soup topped with yogurt and mango chutney
- Garlic and Chili-Flavoured Potatoes with Cauliflower tinted golden with turmeric
- Garden Peas and Paneer in Chili-Tomato Sauce
- Kashmiri Chicken flavoured with spices, almonds, pistachios and slivered almonds
- Garlic Naan baked on a pizza stone
- Spiced Basmati Rice
- Cucumber Raita
The soup is from this Women's Weekly cookbook and all the other dishes are from Best Ever Indian cookbook which I bought from Borders $10 stand but I can't find anywhere that stocks it now to refer you to. If you'd like a recipe let me know I'm happy to email it to you.
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