February 11, 2010

Indian Thursday

My favourite Indian cookbooks so far are those coauthored by Shehzad Husain and Rafi Fernandez. After pouring over Indian Food & Cooking this afternoon, we had two of the best dishes that either of us has ever eaten.

Balti Butter Chicken:

And Fruity Pullao:

The soft, delicate flavours of the basmati based pullao (green cardamom pods, bay leaf, almonds, and sultana) compliment the richer flavour of the butter chicken.

Like the environmentalist who feels guilty about a plane trip and plants a tree or two to cover his carbon footprint,  I offset the consumption of butter by, earlier today, walking to the grocery store for a couple of fresh ingredients - a round trip of 6.2 miles!