Hopefully, you've been enjoying the posts in this short series on Northern Indian food from a marathon cooking session in my friend Srividya Venkatasubramanya's kitchen. In the first post, I covered tandoori roti (delicious Indian flatbread), and in the second I covered the basmati rice and some of Vidya's kitchen essentials. Today, finally, we arrive at the "meat" of the meal: malai kofta (which are sort of vegetarian meatballs) in sauce or gravy. However, I think this name for the dish ... View Post
Northern Indian Food Part 2: Your Basmati Doesn’t Even Smell!
Last time, I shared with you the first part of this series with the making of tandoori roti or phulka (delicious Indian flatbread) made in the kitchen of my friend Srividya. Here's more from our marathon morning of cooking (i.e. she cooked, and I peppered her with questions, tasted everything, took photos and generally got in her way). Today, I'll share the details on the basmati rice as well as some of the interesting kitchen staples in Vidya's kitchen. One of my favorite conversations with ... View Post
Northern Indian Food Part 1: Tandoori Roti
So, I've taunted you for a while with the claim that I was fortunate to spend a morning in the kitchen of my friend Srividya Venkatasubramanya. Finally, I'm sharing the details! I was fortunate to meet Vidya when our two oldest children attended Evergreen Academy in downtown Rogers. She and her family had only recently moved to northwest Arkansas (from Minneapolis, as I recall?), and our daughters became friends at school. I loved that like me, Vidya was enthusiastic about languages (she ... View Post