September 15, 2008
Before I left I stuffed the desert island essentials of chilli powder, turmeric powder and asafoetida into my suitcase, mentally reminding myself never to make fun of travelling aunties again.
Four days I baked by the pool. Contemplating my big Tuscan curry effort, while our friends took it in turns to cook meals.
Soon it was mine. I found fennel seeds, cumin seeds, garlic and a pack plastered with the word “organic lentils” on it. So far so good. But no ginger.
This was a serious blow. But I ploughed ahead anyway. Hubby was tasked with chopping, washing and creating innovative implements to grind spices. Friends were banished from the kitchen unless collecting wine. I focused on making Moong dal-esque dal, Aubergine Raita and Pepper Chicken Curry.
In the stress of it all, I forgot rice. Sure enough, there was a large jar supplied in the villa. Of the well known Risotto family. Did I mention I was in Italy?
The meal was a success, despite the missing ginger and soggy rice. Which goes to show that if you care enough, you can always have a curry.
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Curry with risotto anyone? – Quick Indian Cooking
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You are such a trooper!And you’ve done fabulously given you were in unfamiliar settings.
Hi Sra – that’s the aubergine raita. It was the biggest hit of the evening!
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.
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!
Indian food in tuscany… great job Mallika
Mental note to myself… always carry masala!
I sympathize! I had the same trouble when I went to Italy this summer too. Spices were the biggest problem. I’m really impressed
What is the first dish, the white one?
nice menu,..i am sure mus hve tasted great,,:-)
inndia shinig in tuscany , ha ha ha
yah! You made it..good going! Desi khana in Tuscany…kya baat hai!
Well done Mallika! That could be a fab TV show… How to cook Indian food in Italy!