Indian Feast!

Last night we had our lovely friends Cindy and Xander over and I made (from scratch!) a spread of yummy Indian dishes.


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I used all nice bowls and glasses and even my serving dishes came out of the china hutch!

Napkin Rings:

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The biryani recipe comes from my co-worker, who is from Hyderabad.

Naan and Coriander Chicken:

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The meat dish features crushed coriander seeds as well as pureed fresh coriander leaves (cilantro), along with other spices and yogurt. I made fresh naan dough, but ended up shallow-frying in butter because I couldn’t bear heating the oven to 500 degrees on a hot July night. The texture was lovely! Both of these recipes come from the VahChef, Sanjay Thumma, my favoriteĀ  chef at YouTube. I’ve made so many of his recipes, and they are always delicious!

Potato Masala with Panch Phoron and Coconut:

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This potato masala recipe was inspired by a recipe for garlic mashed potatoes, from Modern Spice by Monica Bhide. All her recipes sound good!

Condiments served alongside:


I also put out hot chili paste and yogurt. The tamarind dip is also from the VahChef.

Afterward, there was fragrant espresso brewed fresh by Cindy and Xander, various teas, and a small dish of fennel seeds. Featuring a new teaset that I got for my birthday last week:

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Cindy brought yummy eclairs from the Beau Brummel bakery, which were gobbled up before I remembered to take a photo.

Cindy also opened a little present from me, a new mug that called my name and whispered “for Cindy!” in my ear.

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The last shot of the evening was this pic of the Boogedy, pouring his own herbal tea and cream back and forth from pitcher to cup. This happened over and over! He drank 5 mini cups of Sleepytime Tea and still took 45 minutes to get to sleep after the excitement of visitors.

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I’ve found that you can control the beautiful place setting all you want, but your kid will invariably smear potato masala all over his face and after you download your photos, you’ll realize he was wearing a dopey tie-dyed shirt and no pants.

Hoorary for friends who appreciate your cooking!

5 Responses to “Indian Feast!”

  1. 1 Cindy July 9, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    What a lovely feast. The food tasted even better than it looks – and that’s saying something.
    Xander and I were both drowning in sensual bliss by the time we finished the meal.
    Despite the lack of pants…Archimedes’ tea ritual was the highlight of the post-meal festivities.
    The Dalai Lama said “I sometimes think the act of bringing food is one of the basic roots of all relationships.”
    I have been enjoying Sara’s divine cooking for long enough to have a deep appreciation for the passion and artistry and creativity that go into her dishes…and to be fed at her table was a true gift.

  2. 2 Jeaka July 9, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    What a beautiful post! Full of glorious pictures and the details were fabulous. Made me Hungry, everything looked and sounded so good. I am glad you are blessed with friends that appreciate you.

  3. 3 painted fish studio July 10, 2009 at 8:38 am

    what a great evening! i love Indian, and would have gobbled up everything veggie-tarian on the table!

  4. 4 Kristin July 10, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Wowie wowie wow. Indian food suits your “making” style, I think!!!

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