Indian Dinner Party Menu
We hosted an Indian classical music party over the weekend. The artist was Kankana Banerjee. In case, like me, you know nothing about Indian classical music, Ms. Banerjee is one “of the leading exponents of classical music that India has ever produced. She is the recipient of the Kala Saraswati, Andhra Ratna Award which is one of the most prestigious awards from the Government of Andhra Pradesh” (from smashits.com). My father-in-law admires her music very much, and we had the honor of listening to her perform.
As I mentioned, I haven’t heard any Indian classical music before, so this was quite an experience for me. My little munchkin (my 5-year-old sister-in-law), on the other hand, is an old pro; she is very fond of it and has been singing with her Daddy every evening in anticipation of the concert. I do however know food, and I thought it would be fun to share with you all the dishes that were served. You may not be hosting a music party at your home any time soon, but that doesn’t mean that these dishes can’t make a guest appearance at your dinner table!
Ms. Kankana Banerjee.
Chudwa is a blend of nuts, dried fruit, puffed rice and various typical Indian spices. My mother-in-law and I spent an entire evening frying each ingredient and made more than 10 pounds of the puffed rice snack.
Indian Meat dishes:
Goat khorma (braised goat meat in curry gravy).
Vegetarian Indian Food:
Palak Paneer is a blend of spinach (or palak in Urdu) and fried Indian farmer's cheese, called paneer. Both cheese and vegetables are cooked in a spicy cream mixture.
Indian Side Dishes:
Gulab jamun are Indian sweets that are deep-fried, then bathed in rose (gulab) and cardamom.
Carrot halwa, gulab jamun and rasmalai were served for dessert.
Lassi (Indian-style yogurt drink).