In case you didn’t see my dining room shelving post, you may not realize how intense my love of unique dishes is! As I was perusing an Indian cookbook, I came across a photograph of a Thali plate, and I suddenly had to have one!
Despite the online claim that Thali plates are ubiquitous, I couldn’t find them anywhere! My mom came to the rescue and gave me a set for my birthday.
By no means are these plates necessary for this meal, but aren’t they cool!?!?!
I really enjoy a lot of Indian dishes, but I have struggled making them at home. As I make more and more dishes, I am learning what Indian spices and flavorings I like and which ones I don’t.
I spend a lot of time researching and investigating recipes, and I make a lot of recipes that I don’t end up loving. My family suffers a lot while I am looking for that new, great dish!
This particular recipe is actually not one of my favorites, but it is still a very good recipe.
I really love coconut in Thai preparations (typically mixed with fish sauce and curry pastes), but I am not as big a fan of Indian dishes with coconut milk. Of course, some people love it.
You can try this one for yourself and decide which camp you fall into!
A couple of things:
- This recipe calls for curry leaves. These are really hard to find. If you do find them, you can coat them with a thin layer of oil and then freeze them – this will help them maintain their green color and flavor. As the recipe says, you can substitute basil leaves. Basil doesn’t taste anything like curry leaves, although the dish will still turn out delicious. (This would be similar to substituting parsley for cilantro – both are good, but definitely not the same!)
- Indian food relies a lot on well-caramelized onions, so don’t hurry cooking the onions.
- This recipe is traditional and calls for chicken parts, which is what I used. However, it is my recommendation to use cut up boneless, skinless chicken to make it easier to eat and enjoy with the sauce. Just adjust the time you cook the chicken to accommodate the quicker-cooking boneless, skinless chicken.
For a simple and fun way to end the dinner, you can buy candy-coated fennel seeds. This is a traditional Indian way to freshen your breath after a meal. These taste just like crunchy Good ‘n Plentys! I love them!