Jeff has requested that I cook Indian food, so I will oblige him. (I have requests in from various folks to do the same, by the way, but I'm still not quite sure I want to take on the role of chef du hindi at this point. I will, however, cook birthday meals for friends and family, so line up one an all. I've been told I'm rather good at this stuff, but it is mostly patience, understanding why they use the spices they do, and knowing how to follow directions.
Here's the menu:
Curried Garbanzo Beans with Onion and Garlic (rasedar channe)
Royal Eggplant with Garlic and Spices (Shahi baingan bhartha)
Rice with two colors (Do ranga chaval)
Chicken legs baked in buttery curry sauce (an invention of my own.)
Mango Chutney (aam ki chutni)
Cucumber raita (saada raita)
Now you might be surprised to know that I learned how to do all this Indian cooking to keep a girlfriend breaking our collective wallets by going to Indian restaurants which she (and then I) had a predelection for.
Last time I really cranked out a good meal like this was for Candace. (I have a lot of fond memories of Candace, and it makes me sad that we broke it off, despite the various problems we had.) Her friends were impressed. Now I'm just bragging.