The cat is finally out of the bag! For my final project dinner, I am serving…
a RAW INDIAN FEAST!!
Although I don’t yet have finished versions of some of these items, here is a rough outline of my meal.
FIRST COURSE: Mango lassi.
(a hopefully-much-improved version of…)
…with a trio of dipping sauces: mango chutney, cucumber-mint raita, and tamarind syrup.
THIRD COURSE: Vegetable-“paneer” tikka masala…
…with rice pilaf and garlic naan.
My paneer is actually raw tofu (which, of course, isn’t really tofu at all, but yknow what I mean).
The “rice” in my pilaf is made of cauliflower, and my naan is Brazilnut-based.
My masala sauce is a piquant blend of coconut, tomato, spices, and more.
FOURTH COURSE: Gulab jamun and kheer.
The final version of my kheer (rice pudding) will look much prettier than this; I ordered white chia seeds for it, which should arrive in the mail tomorrow.
My gulab jamun, with agave-rosewater syrup and crushed pistachios, may just be the best raw thing I have ever made. They’re like tender, sweet, Indian donut holes!
YAY! Now that you know my Plan, you can watch it truly unfold in these next two days.
As if that weren’t enough excitement for one week, I went this afternoon to Forward Foods, an absolutely adorable little specialty grocer (and cheese store, but no matter) here in Oklahoma City. I went in just intending to browse around, but I walked out with a buttload of awesome stuff!
I’m such a water drinker that I only purchase a bottled drink once or twice a YEAR, so me walking out of this store with no fewer than three beverages is unheard of. But I couldn’t resist picking up this kombucha, a bottle of vanilla bean soda (pop! So unlike me!), and a cool-sounding coconut green tea.
Some more bottled goodies I picked up were rosewater (so I can make gulab jamun syrup at home!), Lyle’s golden syrup (something I’ve always wanted to try, healthy or not), and pomegranate molasses (muhammara, here I come!).
I only bought ONE nut butter – can you believe my restraint? It’s a locally-made Oklahoma peanut butter. Alongside, it, I got a not-anywhere-near-locally-made guava jelly; yum! I’m seeing a PB&GJ sandwich in my future…
Here are two things I’ve needed for a LONG time: harissa paste and pimentón de la vera (Spanish smoked sweet paprika).
Since I spent just a hair over $40 (oops) on all this, the nice cashier boy at Forward Foods told me I got a free baguette!
This, of course, necessitated that I run back and grab some olive hummus to go with the bread. Oh, and a single vanilla macaron from the cooler by the register…just cuz.
You know what this means, right? Yeah…a gluten bomb went off in my stomach at dinner tonight. My tummy didn’t mind, though – especially with a wholesome ingredient list like this!
You guys all saw my Hail Merry post, right? To clear up some confusion, I’ve actually posted TWO videos on Hail Merry’s Facebook wall. It looks like people have been scrolling all the way down and “liking” the first one, but please feel free to “like” the most recent one near the top of the wall – it’s got a pic of a chair as the video still. Hopefully, though, they’ll add together all the “likes” from both my videos. I still need a good 40-50+ people to “like” my videos to make a win possible. Thank you all so much for your help!