No stress to impress

May 22, 2008

 

My father is in town.

This man is the real deal when it comes to authentic Indian home cooking. And the official anti-Christ of quick Indian cooking.

In his sprawling Kolkata kitchen, one head chef and two assistants run ragged around him chopping, stirring and tidying. A floor-standing tandoor makes hot chicken kebabs. While dad navigates boxes of exotic spices sourced from far flung corners of India.

When he emerges from the kitchen six hours later, with an eight-part meal, I can’t help feeling a bit exhausted at the sight of it.

Now, my Indian dinner party meal planning technique is slightly less intense:

  1. Make one chicken/lamb curry and a dal
  2. Serve it with a cooling yogurt raita, which also cleverly doubles up as the vegetable dish and jazzed up Basmati rice
  3. Buy sweets from an Indian shop and keep vanilla ice-cream handy to accompany it

I’ve never had any complaints. But then dad hasn’t had my guests over for one of his feasts yet.

Comments

12 Responses to “Curry with risotto”

  1. Christie@fig&cherry Says:

    September 15th, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Well done Mallika! That could be a fab TV show… How to cook Indian food in Italy!

  2. Bharti Says:

    September 15th, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    yah! You made it..good going! Desi khana in Tuscany…kya baat hai!

  3. dollybasu Says:

    September 15th, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    inndia shinig in tuscany , ha ha ha

  4. notyet100 Says:

    September 15th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    nice menu,..i am sure mus hve tasted great,,:-)

  5. sra Says:

    September 15th, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    What is the first dish, the white one?

  6. Ginger Says:

    September 16th, 2008 at 2:39 am

    I sympathize! I had the same trouble when I went to Italy this summer too. Spices were the biggest problem. I’m really impressed :)

  7. mandira Says:

    September 16th, 2008 at 6:41 am

    Indian food in tuscany… great job Mallika :)
    Mental note to myself… always carry masala!

  8. JennDZ_The LeftoverQueen Says:

    September 16th, 2008 at 9:19 am

    Heck, I made curry pasta, so what’s wrong with curry risotto? Sounds perfect to me! Hope you are having a great time! Sounds glorious!

  9. Yash Says:

    September 16th, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    the part ‘mentally reminding myself never to make fun of travelling aunties again’ made me smile.

    @sra the white dish is probably dahi-..uh something. I can’t figure out what those things topped with the dahi are.

  10. Mallika Says:

    September 17th, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Hi Sra – that’s the aubergine raita. It was the biggest hit of the evening!

  11. Pooh Says:

    September 18th, 2008 at 11:54 am

    You are such a trooper!And you’ve done fabulously given you were in unfamiliar settings.

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