We often drive down to New Jersey for Indian-food and company! 🙂 Does it sound sane enough to drive 4 hours just for that? Well! imagine living so far away from home and being tired of the food that gets made in your kitchen? Okay, if that doesn’t convince you, how about combining awesome food, india-type-weather and friends for company? Alright! Can’t think of any more reasons for you to nod an approval! 🙂
Apart from a bad experience at Saravana Bhavan, where they considered service not necessary and filter coffee that tasted nothing like it, we had a nice home cooked meal at the BFF’s place, followed by a sumptuous lunch at Mithas on oak tree road, where we met friends who drove 3 hours from DC just for the food.. So this place should be doing it right, isn’t it? It has exceptional sweets and yummy gujju and marwadi platters. And of course! we have become fans of karaikudi too; N turns into his 15-year-old self eating their spicy food.. a good pick if you eat meat in south-indian flavors.
Otherwise, I have cooked as always, some interesting ones, which I didn’t prepare well enough to give time for photographs and some other everyday wholesome cooking. Amidst this, we had a brunch party with a spread of dosas, idlis, chutneys and sambhar. I also attempted the vaangi-baath, on an instant whim, marrying few recipes online. N simply loved it, much to my surprise for he is not a brinjal fan, and had it for lunch and dinner. I must have done something right somewhere; well I am not sure how to repeat the recipe and that’s a problem! 😦
Another recipe that clicked (and I think this one, I have noted the procedure) is the herb marinade that I have called ‘hariyali‘. I used this to make dry roasted dum aaloo, N made the hara-chicken-grill and hara-tofu-grill with it. Nothing very different, but mix and match the herbs you have in your fridge, attempt new ones like dill, kasoori-methi, pudina, cilantro. A little of everything, if you don’t like any particular flavor to dominate. Fry onions, garlic and the herbs in butter or oil. Add green chillies or habanero for spiciness. Make a paste of this, use for your marinade.
With more cooking next time around.. Until then.. happy eating and exercising!! 🙂