A few of my friends have been suggesting I give them party menu ideas, complete with the time taken to cook everything, which I didn't think was a good idea for me to do-considering that the way I plan for a party is quite haphazard. I run menu ideas over and over in my head, only to change things at the last minute. I've never been scared to try out something new for a party though, so last-minute changes are always inevitable. I'd be the last person on earth you'd want to plan your party menu!
Today, I invited a friend of mine, Priya, and her kids over for a cozy lunch get-together. I will be posting about the dishes that were on the menu today. If it catches your fancy, you could plan your next party around the same menu! This was a very simple lunch, centering around a rice dish, a vegetarian side dish, a non-vegetarian side dish, and a dessert. It might be just right when you want to invite some close friends over for a simple lunch/dinner.
- The rice recipe was a Parsee-style coconut and cashewnut rice-from the book "India's Vegetarian Cooking" by Monisha Bharadwaj (for recipe, click here)
- The vegetarian side dish was "Mother's Day Aloo-Gobi Fry"-a cauliflower-potato dry fry, a recipe made up by my mom on one of the Mother's Days that we celebrated, so I fondly named it after that.
- The nonvegetarian side dish was Chicken Mixed Masala-again, my mom's own recipe that she makes often and which I love (for recipe, click here)
- Dessert was Strawberry Cheesecake-recipe given by Priya herself (for recipe, click here)
So here's the vegetarian dish first-
To serve 6
- 2 cups cauliflower florets
- 1 cup potato, cut into small cubes
- 2 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 to 2 teaspoons chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 medium sized onion, sliced fine
- 2 green chillies, slit
- 1 tablespoon tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon soya sauce
- 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves (cilantro)
- Salt to taste
- 2 to 3 tablespoons of oil
- In a mixing bowl, combine the ginger-garlic paste, turmeric, chilli powder, pepper and salt.
- Add the cauliflower florets and potato cubes and mix well. Let it marinate for at least 15 minutes.
- Heat the oil in a pan and when it is hot, add the vegetables.
- Stir for 1 minute on high heat.
- Then add the green chillies and onions and mix everything well.
- Sprinkle some water on top, cover with a lid, and simmer until cooked (will take about 15 minutes).
- Now add the tomato sauce and soya sauce. Check for salt and add more if needed (remember that the soya sauce will be salty).
- Stir for a few more minutes until it gets semi-dry.
- Garnish with the cilantro.
A friend, Renisha, says she tried out this recipe substituting the cauliflower and potatoes with mushrooms and capsicums instead....try out that combination too!