What I Served For Lunch on Sunday

Traditional North Indian Meal

from left to right: Moghlai spinach, shahi paneer, boondi raita, moong dal, mint chutney, onion paratha

Sunday, my friends Erin, Chandra and Norman came over and I made a feast! It was so much fun and it was in honor of Erin, who is moving to Colorado….so sad. But it was a happy day for us all to stuff our faces together:)

I love nothing more than preparing a meal for dear friends. I know I am a big dork but it really warms my heart! It requires quite a bit of work but it is so worth it. Looking back, I realize how much planning and coordination was involved for all of the lunch and dinner parties my mother hosted when I was growing up. From conceptualizing a menu of dishes that go together well, to keeping all of the food warm until time for serving, she really threw a good party. And no detail was ever ignored – I remember many occasions when she would prepare two versions of the same dish – one less spicy for the children to try…details, details!

The menu for lunch was as follows (recipes below):
Moghlai spinach – spinach and carmelized onions cooked with fennel seeds, cardamom and spices
Shahi paneer – cheese cubes cooked in a sauce of cashew, milk, tomato, chili, ginger and onions
Boondi raita – fried, crunchy lentil dots in yogurt
Moong dal – curried yellow lentil (recipe from previous post)
Mint chutney (recipe from previous post)
Onion and potato parathas – pan-fried flatbreads stuffed with onion and potato (cheated and got them from the Indian store!)
Basmati rice



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  • Chandra

    This meal was amazing! Thanks again for cooking for us. I left stuffed and happy :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06800736010173545859 Aparnature

    Yes–very jealous! and I might just steal this menu for a lunch we have planned in the next few weeks… very impressive. I might have to clone myself to manage so many dishes..

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04853611510450884546 Erin

    Everything was amazing – great friends and great food equalled a perfect day!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02989967318453941084 Aparna

    This is quite a spread. Can see your friends thought so too. :)

    Thanks for visiting my blog and your comment.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13264576743630783877 meeso

    You have a great blog! Everything here looks mouthwatering!

    Happy New Year!

  • http://quickening.tumblr.com/ Neha

    Chiraag sent me over here..

    Just tried the Shahi Paneer recipe; it’s wicked! Added a little kastoori methi because I’m somewhat addicted to it. Thank you..

  • http://www.chowringhee.in/ Chowringhee

    Simply awesome and delicious looking Wonderfully prepared.