Monday, October 3, 2011

Indian night - Tandoori Chicken, Masoor Dal, and Shahi Tukri

Dal with rice, Tandoori Chicken, and Tandoori Naan

Shahi Tukri
I'm not a fan of Indian. It's spicy and yet plain. I don't care for curry. I don't love mint and yogurt...especially not together. So, when we studied Ancient India in school I decided to branch out with my cooking. I bought lentils. Not so exotic so far. Fresh ginger. Yup, done that before. So far, no big deal. Then on to the spices: garam masala, turmeric, cumin, cardamom. What the what?! At least there was no curry.

I looked up recipes from Here they are:

Tandoori Chicken
Masoor Dal
Shahi Tukri 

The verdict: Tandoori Naan (the bread)- fantastic. But we've had that before.
Tandoori Chicken - just ok. Won't make again and won't keep the recipe.
The Dal - loved it! I surprised myself here. I am keeping the recipe and will make it again. My girls (picky as a couple are) even loved it.
And favorite part of just about any meal: the dessert. Shahi Tukri. Fancy (and Indian) name for sweet fried bread. Those 3 words in just about any ethnicity are delightful. Sweet. Fried. Bread.

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