It’s always difficult the first week back after time off work, even more so (apparently) if you have had three weeks off. What maybe doesn’t help is if that week is capped off by a Saturday meeting where you need to travel to the other side of the country and back within the same day… I guess it’s nice to feel important.
So on the Friday I really did not feel like cooking. It had been a long time since we last had curry (hubby brought that up, shocking since I didn’t think he actually liked Indian food) so this seemed like the most logical conclusion. Thankfully.
List Item: Try half of the combined 1001 food books
Since we don’t get curry that often it was still easy to mine the menu for food list items. I mean, there were still items in the ‘sundries’ list that we could have opted for.
Thinking about it, chapati is an interesting bread to feature on this list. I mean, I definitely preferred the paratha since the one we bought was stuffed. The fact that chapati is left intentionally rather flavourless, so as to be a platform for other flavours, means that it would have been stupid to just eat it on its own. We didn’t, since we bought curry, but usually I would have done so.
I guess, in purpose, both of these are fairly similar to the Ethiopian injera or the Mexican tortilla. Unless there is another flatbread left to come (possibly one from Sardinia) I think I can make a final flatbread assessment and put my full love behind the injera.
There are a large number of ‘bhaji’ on the second food list; this cauliflower bhaji is the first one that I didn’t like. I don’t like cauliflower anyway, but I figured that fried and in some sauce I might appreciate it. Even THAT isn’t enough. It’s a texture thing for me, I can’t get over the idea that I am eating vegetable brains, rather flavourless vegetable brains.
Then you get rice that has been fried with egg and spices. Always a good shout, but I’ve never ticked it off as I usually opt for special fried rice instead. The sacrifices that this list demands…
Lamb Pasanda used to be my go to curry whenever I ordered with my mum. It’s creamy like a korma but fruitier and you tend to get a better quality of meat. Rogan Josh was more my mum’s style of curry. The one we got was rather heavy on the cardamom (sadly not Guatemalan cardamom otherwise that would have been another check). Of the two, I probably still prefer the pasanda.