Saw my cooking friend Jimmy in the back track this morning, and he invited us all round for an Indian themed dinner which we were happy to accept.
We had a starter of a grilled Mango and chili-prawn kebab. Grilled mango is rather delicious, and chili prawns are always good.
For mains we had a tandoori flavoured chicken. I have always done my tandoori stuff on the GF…
…as it provides the crispyness and relative dryness required, but these were done in the oven which was OK but we all agreed they were not particularly crispy and rather fatty… The burning question with tandoori is ‘skin on, or skin off’…personally I prefer skin off.
Egg fried rice was, well egg fried rice – Gomi and I tangled on this one once, but I feel egg fried rice should have evidence of EGG in it, and so I always make a light omelette which I chop and fold into the rice -, and my contribution to the evening was a home made Lentil Dal which were lentils with a vast array of indian spices, garlic, lemon juice and tomatoes. I tend to overflavour and over-spice Indian dishes (at least by European standards) and so it was (he said modestly!)…actually rather good. I mean, Indian food has to be s..p..i..c..y, no?
Caroline slaved over a home made Kulfi ice-cream confection – milk, condensed milk, rosewater, cardomam seeds, pistachios - which was absolutely wonderful, though she admitted to a dash too much rose-water…. and her daughter Poppy, decorted the dish with strawberries and a cape gooseberry.
We all felt quite full at the end of the evening, but felt we had had a lovely meal…..but I will always hold to my long held tenet that ethnic dishes, other than the challenge of cooking them of course, is always better left to the professionals in restaurants. The effort and faff at home never quite matches the end result.
Previous dinner posts from Peter
- Another culinary highlight ... but of a different kind. - May 17th, 2013
- A saturday evening in .... - April 20th, 2013
- Fish pie followed by Peter's Tiramisu ! - March 19th, 2013
- Borough Market, London - March 2nd, 2013
- “There were Angels dining at the Ritz .... and the motor was parked in Berkeley Square” - January 26th, 2013