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Old April 3rd, 2009, 12:32 PM
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A Table for Two

Last weekend I planned for a nice Indian meal for my hubby. I have even taken pictures to share with you all J
Sorry if anything below is a repeat.

1. Fish Fry:

Fish fillets: 6 small (I used Salmon)
Ginger garlic paste: ½ table spoon
Sambar Powder: 1 table spoon
Red chilly powder: ½ a table spoon
Salt
Oil for frying

Mix the ginger garlic paste, sambar powder, red chilly powder and salt with a few drops of oil. Marinate the fish fillets with the paste prepared for about 1 hour or more.
In a small pan take 2 table spoons of oil and when hot fry the fish pieces turning them upside down until they are fully cooked. It shouldn’t take long maybe about 15 minutes on medium flame. Take care not to burn the fillets. I served these for starters.


2. Prawns Masala
Spices have to be adjusted according to taste. My husband likes it spicy and hence the below proportions.

Prawns: 400 grams (I used frozen, cleaned and pre-cooked prawns)
Onions: 1 large, finely chopped
Tomatoes: 2 medium, finely chopped
Green Chilly: 2 small, finely chopped
Coriander: a hand full
Ginger garlic paste: 1 table spoon
Cinnamon stick: a small piece
Garam Masala: ½ table spoon
Red chilly powder: 1/1 table spoon
Pepper: a little, freshly grounded
Turmeric Powder: a pinch
Salt
Oil: 3 table spoons

Heat oil in large dish. Add cinnamon stick, green chilies and fry them until they turn light brown. Then sauté the onions and when they are golden brown add (in the same sequence) salt, turmeric powder, Garam Masala and red chilly powder. Stir and immediately add ginger garlic paste and tomatoes. When the tomatoes are cooked add the prawns and let it remain on medium flame for about 5 minutes. Then add pepper powder followed by Coriander leaves.
I served this with rice and roti.


3. Rasam
Rasam is one of my favorites. There are lots of ways to make Rasam and this is one of the easiest.

Onions: ½ medium sized, finely chopped
Tomatoes: ½ medium sized, finely chopped
Coriander leaves: a hand full
Tamarind paste: ½ table spoon
Red chilly Powder: ¼ table spoon
Rasam powder: 1 table spoon
Salt

For Tadka:
Mustard seeds: 1/4 tea spoon
Cumin seeds: 1/4 tea spoon
A string of curry leaves
Asafetida: a pinch

In a small bowl (I used copper bottomed) take 3 cups of warm water. Add onions, tomatoes, coriander leaves, tamarind paste, salt, red chilly powder. Bring them to boil. Once boiled, add the rasam powder and simmer for about 15 minutes.
I usually add the tadka just before serving.



Carrots: 3 medium, finely grated
Milk: ½ liter
Sugar: ½ cup (Carrots 1cup: sugar ½ cup)
Cardamom: 3, freshly grounded
Ghee: 1 table spoon

In a pan, heat the ghee and fry grated carrots for about 15 minutes stirring constantly in low heat. Then add half a cup of water and keep stirring for 10 more minutes. When the carrots become tender start adding milk (I divide ½ liter milk into 4 portions). Add the milk a little first and keep stirring until all the milk I absorbed. Repeat this process until you finish all the milk. Then add sugar and cardamom powder.
Transfer the Halwa to a serving bowl and decorate with dry fruits of your choice. I used Cashew’s Almonds and golden raisins.

It took me about 1 hour and 15 minutes to do this. And I usually make sure that I don’t cook anything else in the stove while making this. A small drop of anything might cause split milk.



My Mom always used to say that setting a table and creating ambiance is as important as the food itself. So, on weekends I try and make the table as pleasant as possible.
We started our dinner with wine (Chianti Classic, 2005) and finished with Ice wine from the Niagara region (If “Sane” see’s this, he is going to say: “I knew! I knew she wouldn’t set a table without wineJ)

Last edited by Rakhi; April 3rd, 2009 at 01:09 PM. Reason: Thanks Premi for the help in uploading pictures.
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Old April 3rd, 2009, 12:47 PM
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Re: A Table for Two

okay sit back and relax

here they are
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Old April 3rd, 2009, 01:23 PM
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Re: A Table for Two

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Re: A Table for Two

Instead of setting two plates next to each other , if you would set them up opposite, then it is easier to pass plates. In this setting it will be strech to get fish fry and rassam is in another country..

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Instead of setting two plates next to each other , if you would set them up opposite, then it is easier to pass plates. In this setting it will be strech to get fish fry and rassam is in another country..

Just a opininon.

True...But the thing is, my in-laws told me to sit beside my husband (he on my right) at all times, where its possible, thats why at home I make it a point to set the table in a way he sits to my right.

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Re: A Table for Two

With all this yummy food, deep fried and all, what about some Hajmola at the end of the meal?
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With all this yummy food, deep fried and all, what about some Hajmola at the end of the meal?
Instead of Hajmola, I would like to have ENO.
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Instead of Hajmola, I would like to have ENO.
Naaa...Ice Wine did the trick.
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With all this yummy food, deep fried and all, what about some Hajmola at the end of the meal?
i love hajmola, hawaban hardey and jeera goli



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Rakhiji, No Rice/Roti??
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Rakhiji, No Rice/Roti??
Yes, there was rice and naan.
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naan -
Ingredients -

car/vehicle - whichever
Desi dukan
Desi dukan refrigerator - working condition
credit card/cash - 5-10 $
oven - pre heated to 350 deg

Go to the car. Hopefully u know to drive and have a license. Drive to the desi dukan. (hopefully u know ur way, else use navigator - any navigator other than old crappy garmin's), walk in to the dukaan check the cold storage section for packaged naans. hopefully they are in stock.
Pick a packet. Check for fungus. (these are green thingies that look yucky) . all set? check out . pay by card /cash . drive back home. preheat oven. Remove desired quantities of frozen naan, shove it in the oven middle rack - heat for 4-5 mins . tada!!!

ur welcome
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naan -
Ingredients -

car/vehicle - whichever
Desi dukan
Desi dukan refrigerator - working condition
credit card/cash - 5-10 $
oven - pre heated to 350 deg

Go to the car. Hopefully u know to drive and have a license. Drive to the desi dukan. (hopefully u know ur way, else use navigator - any navigator other than old crappy garmin's), walk in to the dukaan check the cold storage section for packaged naans. hopefully they are in stock.
Pick a packet. Check for fungus. (these are green thingies that look yucky) . all set? check out . pay by card /cash . drive back home. preheat oven. Remove desired quantities of frozen naan, shove it in the oven middle rack - heat for 4-5 mins . tada!!!

ur welcome
Wow !

What a recipe Dolly Ji.
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