Some friends and I are planning a dinner party on Labor Day Weekend and will cook Indian food. We are experienced cooks, but no one has attempted Indian food before, which also means I need to head to my local Indian grocer to stock up on spices! We're considering making:
A meat vindaloo
Chole or some kind of lentil dish
An eggplant dish
Plain basmati rice or a Pilaf
Some kind of bread
Maybe a mango ice cream
I have two Indian cookbooks, Yamuna Devi's Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking and Julie Sahni's Classic Indian Cooking, and know there are some Indian recipes in the Joy of Cooking. The menu isn't fixed, these are just some favorites based on our Indian restaurant experiences. I’d love to do naan, but we don’t have a pizza stone or a grill, so another bread might be better.
I'm wondering if anyone has any specific recipe recommendations from these cookbooks, or has any tips or recipes they want to share. I've perused some past posts and have seen a good-looking recipe for pork vindaloo from Simon Majumdar so I'll probably try that. Due to guests’ allergies we’ll omit tree nuts and fresh cilantro from the menu.
The cooks in our group will spend most of the day cooking together so even if it doesn't all come out great it will be fun!