March dinner: Complete Indian Cooking

This month’s dinner was, sadly, not a great success. There were a few good things about it, but a lot of things went wrong.  I used recipes from one of my Indian cookbooks.  I’ve gotten good things about of this book before, but it didn’t work out so well this time.

For the starter I made a fish and coconut soup. The flavor of the soup was good, but some lemon grass and ginger that was supposed to be prueed didn’t get very well chopped. Our soup was filled with hard, stringy fibers that got stuck in our teeth and didn’t go down well.

Fish and coconut soup, made with cod

Fish and coconut soup, made with cod

Our main course was palak murg, a mildly spicy dish of chicken and spinach, served with basmati rice and naan on the side. The chicken was all right, though a little dry. It was good enough to eat, but not really what I was hoping for. The naan came out pretty well, but cooking it set off the smoke detector. We had to open all the windows for a while. Luckily it wasn’t as cold outside as it would have been a few weeks earlier.

Palak murg, chicken and spinach

Palak murg, chicken and spinach

Naan.  These at least were good.

Naan. These at least were good.

Dessert was rice pudding. Unfortunately I burned the pudding while it was cooking. It turned out quite inedible and I had to dump most of it in the compost.

Rice pudding.  The texture was good, but the burned taste was overwhelming.

Rice pudding. The texture was good, but the burned taste was overwhelming.

This was a disappointing month. Hopefully next one will be better.

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