Empress of India is celebrating its 16th year in business on Saturday, Dec 17, 2005. Expect a special dinner menu.
Jeanne announced this celebration special to us at dinner today. Today the chicken biryani, made with aromatic basmati rice, garam masala and large hunks of chicken pieces (de-skinned but not de-boned), was specially yummy.
The accompanying lamb korma was very very spicy. I could identify cloves, cinnamon, cardamom is a rich onion-garlic-ginger curry. The long slow cooking of lamb-on-the-bone pieces lends the curry its distinctive flavors.
My third favourite today was potato curry. Growing up, I never questioned the logic of eating potato curries with puri/paratha. They are made for each other. Empress's potato curry is supreme. Large chunks of potatoes in a lightly spiced gravy. I love potatoes and I have eaten potato dishes from all over the world. Empress is the second best (my mom-in-law takes the first spot). Just the perfect amount of spice so that the potato flavor is not overshadowed. The pieces are large but they are throughly flavoured. I have tried this at home several times. Either my potato pieces crumble or they end up with an unflavored core.
Other dishes today included tandoori chicken, salad, yogurt, extra spicy mint chutney, buttered naans, plain basmati rice, spicy turnip tarkari, and a dry mixed vegetable dish.
I can go on and on but I am satiated and smelling pleasantly of cardamoms and cinnamon. I should add that I have three to four meals worth of leftover food that I got back with me.
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