What happens when nine women gather in a well-stocked kitchen when one of the women has proposed an Indian cooking evening? Good times, Great aromas, Wonderful food, and Lots of Laughs. This new group, the Lady Chatterlys, has chosen to learn about a variety of topics – a different one each month. This month it was Indian cooking. Next month it is a critique of capitalism. An interesting bunch, that’s for sure. Teresa is an enthusiastic teacher with a real passion for food. If nothing else, we learned two terms - curry means gravy and masala means mix.
Aromatic and beautiful spices
Sliced green chiles and ginger
All of these spices were roasted and then ground to make the curry masala
The start of the chicken curry
Curry leaves into the hot oil. Curry leaves are not related to curry powder.
Rather they lend a citrus flavor to food.
Curry leaves and cumin seed
Asafoetida powder, also known as hing
Add the potatoes to all those wonderful flavors!
And dried mango powder
Dough for naan bread
Forming our naans
And some vegetables for a fresh kachumber side dish
Ok, the naans are in the oven. Now what?
The start of coconut chutney – Greek yogurt and coconut
Naan coming out of the oven
More seeds and spices for the coconut chutney
Melted ghee for the naan
And fresh garlic too!
The finished potatoes
The finished curry – can’t you just sense the anticipation in the room?
There was more food and of course there was the eating and there was mango lassi to top it off.
Lots of fun and shared good food. Thank you Teresa.