March 28, 2005

a bit of "curry" adds variety/spice to life

Authentic Indian food added to my worldly appetite database...

after the Dante-esque road trip, Neha and I were welcomed with open arms by Neha's energetic and entertainingly humorous mother...what better way to celebrate hopefully the last breath of Winter until the next cold winter with food--spicy Indian food to warm up the soul.

while waiting for my Uncle to pick me up in Southington CT, Neha's mother constantly fed me, Neha and the other guests...I was surprised that I became full just eating Indian vegetarian dishes...

to start off, I had this crispy pastry-liked chip that looked like a giant crunchy nacho chip, then I ate homemade lemon cake...

for lunch, I had rice (not the short white rice but long fragrant rice similar to jasmine rice) with this medium spicy "gourd" vegetable that looked like chicken, the texture, and its thickness made this gourd passable for chicken. I had an additional "gorban/gorbaz" beans that was high medium spicy--the spice made it taste like meat--to mitigate the hotness, I was advised to add some homemade yogurt (not the sweet kind but the kind that looked and tasted similar to sour creme)

2 hours later, I had an early dinner, I had the same thing with several new dishes added...I ate this "protein delicacy" that had a texture and size similar to hashbrowns (this was one of my personal favorite) marinated in homemade yogurt, I had okra, and this really high high spicy "green sauce" and this bread that was called something like "pati or putti", the taste and texture was similar to a greek pita bread...

What would the day be like without dessert and entertainment---we ate Indian-style rice pudding ( yellowish with added almond) and I saw first hand the one woman act show of Neha's mom, she was so funny, it was fun how she incorporated audience participation in her live show....

It was a fun and relaxing night filled with laughter....in spite of me not being able to speak Indian, I was still able to somehow understand the conversation through hand motions and the mannerisms displayed, I did catch on with the english words that inevitably escaped--the difficulties of immigrants and how time passed by...

Posted by Michael Diezmos at March 28, 2005 11:45 PM
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