A few weeks ago, we were lucky enough to find a recipe book from one of our favorite DC restaurants, Rasika - an Indian restaurant - at a local book shop. Since then, weekends have been filled with travel, so we decided to bring it down with us on our trip to visit Nana in Williamsburg and give a couple of the recipes a go.
The conclusion is that everything turned out delicious; so much so, we forgot to take photos of the finished products! The plot is a little more interesting. Turns out some of the spices are hard to come by! We went World Market where we bought about one fourth of the items including a mortar and pestle, then to a Harris Teeter grocery store to get another fourth of the ingredients, and then finally we found an Indian market down in Newport News, where we got all of the rest - 3 stops and we were all set for an appetizer and an entree of spicy cauliflower and a shrimp curry.
We prepped a garlic paste as well as a chili paste the day before our meal by hand grinding and crusing the ingredients. However, we made the mistake of adding both of the pastes in one sauce pan when we had to set half of one aside for the second dish - chalked that up to adding "more flavor" to the shrimp curry and proceeded to make some more of the paste when the time came to start cooking. As we were close to finishing the spicy cauliflower and roasting mustard seeds, the pan was so hot they all popped out over the counter onto the floor filling the air with spice. Between coughs and sneezes we managed to clean up the mess and reattempted the step of roasting the mustard seeds correctly.
Not sure if Nana will let us cook in her kitchen again after all of that, but she seemed pretty happy with the final presentation and flavors. All in all, it was a lot of fun! We all enjoyed the mini adventure that was the quest to find the right ingredients and even a mortar pestle for grinding them.
The cooking team consisted of Master Chef Pete, Sous Chef Nana, and Kitchen Manager Jolene who did not approve of the mustard seed explosion or lack of food samples available to her.
We did also make it out on rainy night to dinner at Berret's Seafood Restaurant where we dined on some delicious seafood, gluten free - vegetarian ravioli, wine and sherbert! Nana was concerned we weren't eating enough despite having previously fed us cashew/veggie stew, smoothies, cookies, eggs, peanut butter toast, tangerines, chocolates, chips and salsa, and even stashed Kind bars and crackers in her bag for us when running errands...never hungry at Nana's!
Jojo was so excited to see her Nana when we arrived she almost hopped over the gate!
She gets treats galore and enjoys walking the neighborhood as well as the downtown. Until next time Nana! By then, we'll be bringing a fourth crew member down with us to visit you.
See below for some items that were helpful for completing our homemade Indian cooking that can be found at one of our favorite shops, World Market!
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