Blogging Marathon# 27: Week 1/ Day 5
Theme: Occasions – Lunch for Blog Buddies
Dish: Mixed Veggie ka Salan
This past weekend I finally got to meet 4 of my blog buddies (Mireille, Nisha, Sandhya & Usha) that lived in the greater New York area. I invited them over to my house for lunch and we had so much fun chatting, eating and laughing. It was great to have foodies over because they took over the making of the naans when I had to attend to my 6 month old daughter. Big thanks to Valli for helping us make new friends and hugs to my new buddies, I hope we can do these type of things more frequently.
Here’s what I made for our lunch:
Appetizers: Aloo bajji Chaat & Sprouts in Puris with green chutney and khatta meeta chutney
Drinks: Strawberry and Peach Soda (recipe coming up soon)
Main dishes: Mix Veggie Salan/ Fried Rice/ Paneer-Chickpea Curry/ Wholewheat Naans/ Raita
Dessert: Eggless Mango Cheesecake (recipe coming soon)
Lunch or Dinner parties with Indian food theme usually involve a rice dish, one or more curries, Indian breads (naans, parathas, rotis etc) and a dessert. Today’s curry fits right into the gravy dishes that are perfect for parties. This is a variation to one of Hyderabad’s famous mirchi ka salan.
I have been watching quite a few Indian cooking shows in the past couple months and I have a notebook right next to me to jot down all the interesting recipes. I wish these channels have a website with the recipes, because it gets hard to follow the show and write the recipe all at the same time. This mixed veg salan was from one of the shows that I managed to write the recipe without the exact contents, of course.
Traditional mirchi ka salan is made with green chilies and the gravy has peanuts, sesame seeds and coconut. I used a mix of vegetables and skipped coconut. Also the original recipe called for deep frying all the veggies separately, but I shallow fried the veggies and then added them to the gravy. This dish can be served with a simple fried rice (bagara rice) or even rotis.