We started the cool, clear evening with a variety of salty snacks, including Mirch Masala, Papad, and heavenly Samosas with Mint Chutney and Mango Lime Pickles. We moved on to a hearty Lentil Soup (created by master chef Mike Lane), served with warm Naan. The salad course brought fresh veggies with a delightful Raita dressing (I could have eaten the whole bowl, all by myself).
I also loved the Lassi, a refreshing mango milkshake that was a wonderful compliment to the spices in the main course, which included Chicken Tikka Masala seved with Basmati Rice with Cumin, Indian Stir Fry Cabbage, and Cauliflower with a Ginger Cashew Onion sauce. (and I must say the cauliflower was delicious, this coming from someone who disdains that white vegetable!)
We moved on to dessert, which started with Kulfi served with fresh mangos and strawberries. I had volunteered to bring dessert, and scanned the internet last week for something to make. While there was a wide variety of things to try, I decided on this Indian ice cream. It has very simple ingredients, whole milk and sugar cooked on the stove for a long time until it thickens, flavored with cardamom. Once I poured it into molds, I topped it with chopped pista (pistachios) and popped it in the freezer. It was a simple, soothing treat that complimented all of the amazing flavors we enjoyed throughout the evening. I can't wait to make it again!(Dessert served by my lovely assistant Denise-Tracy's sister.)
Next, Ruth served us warm Gulab Jamun, which look like small doughnut balls or dumplings. They were served in a sweet rosewater syrup, and just melted in your mouth.
Wonderful conversation, amazing food, and even a little learning made the evening a very memorable one. Enormous thanks to Ruth and Santosh for sharing their food and friendship with all of us, and to Mike and Tracy for hosting another absolutely incredible evening.