Sunday, November 9, 2014

Indian Cooking

I have a lot of cookbooks.  Too many.  When the kind people at Robert Rose offered to send me a free copy of Complete Book of Indian Cooking for review consideration, I almost said no; I'm glad I didn't make that mistake. 

We decided to really get a feel for the recipes in the book, and make nine of them, having a whole Indian weekend

We are so impressed.  Each recipe was easy to make, and turned out perfectly.  A lot of them used similar ingredients, which made grocery shopping and prep easier.  We went through two bunches of cilantro this weekend, which made me really, really happy!

On Friday evening we made chickpea flour and cilantro squares.  When Christopher came across this in the book, he knew it had my name written all over it.  This is such an interesting recipe, and unlike anything we've made before.

The mixture thickens and then solidifies while cooling in a pan. 

It is then cut it into squares and fried.  This is one of my new favourite dishes.

We also made turmeric chicken, with perfect steamed basmati rice.

And cucumber raita.

What an incredible meal!

Each of us was scared that the other one was going to get up in the middle of the night and eat all the leftovers.  I may or may not have slept with one eye open.

On Saturday afternoon we whipped up mushroom keena and naan, and snacked on those, while visiting, laughing, and prepping dinner.

For dinner we made tandoori shrimp:

Fiery yogurt potatoes:

And curried peas and cheese:

More aces.  These dishes were all fantastic!

Well, as you can see we ate really well this weekend.  We will be relying on the Complete Book of Indian Cooking every time we've got a craving for Indian food (which is pretty much constantly).

How was your weekend?  What did you do?
Have you cooked any Indian food recently?


Kelsey Ann said...

the tandoori shrimp and the cucumber raita are on my list to try. All the dishes look fantastic. I love Indian Food. Especially in the fall/winter! <3

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

YUM!! I love Indian food and it's awesome to hear that these recipes were straight forward and called for similar ingredients. What an awesome weekend feast!

My weekend was a blast. We went to a Caribbean restaurant on Friday that was really good (and had awesome curry, I might add), had Julia Child Night on Saturday and laid low on Sunday!

Basic Intuition said...

All the dishes look fantastic n delicious.. I would like to point out that the dish consisting of curried peas n cheese is called "mutter Paneer" where mutter is the Indian name for peas n paneer is the Indian name for cottage cheese.