Sunday, April 25, 2010

My house smells like an Indian restaurant!

It is no secret that Joel and I love Indian cuisine. However, much to Joel's chagrin, we don't go out for it that much because of my diet. I've been feeling guilty about keeping him from his spicy mistress, so I decided to cook up a little Indian dinner at home. 
Now, I have tried many a times to make some Indian dishes from scratch like tikka masala, saag paneer and the likes. They always come out OK but nothing like at the restaurant, so I gave up. 

But I spotted this jug o goodness at Costco the other day : 

Leaving Costco inspired, my Mom and I hit up a new Indian market down the street. Where I picked up some naan, paneer (cheese), homemade samosas, pickles (chutney) and kheer (rice pudding) mix. 
I just knew Joel would be excited! 


naan. it came plain, I added a smear of butter, cilantro, red pepper flakes, and crushed garlic

It was all very easy, since almost everything I got was pre-made. All I had to do was cook the basmati rice (i used brown basmati), heat up the naan, paneer, sauce, and samosas. 

Here's everybody all done up : 

It all came out quite delicious! Of course, it can't compare to our favorite restaurant, but I can at least watch my calories this way, and you all know how important that is to me! :-) 

I made the kheer as well, and we each had a little after dinner, but unfortunately I have no pictures. I wasn't impressed with it, but Joel said he liked it. 

I also got Corgi and Z this new dreamy bed at Costco 

1 refreshing comments:

Mary said...

It all looks delicious!! I just got myself a bag of naan mix the other day too, I think I'm gonna try to make it myself this weekend. Thanks for sharing the pics!