Indian Feast – Part 1

Training: Ride 15km Our weekend was not only about biking fails. As mentioned, it was also about food wins! IMG_7939 But before I get to that, Katie asked what sort of snake it was that we encountered on Sunday’s bike ride. P4170001 And by encountered, I should mention that it was more of a "I rode over it without realising". Well, not realising until Mr BBB casually pointed it out a few moments later by saying "hey you know that you just rode over a snake?!". WTF?! Obviously that meant I had to go back and check that it was ok…. Mr BBB tells me that it was a red bellied black snake which, according to the wik:

“The Red-bellied Black Snake, Pseudechis porphyriacus, is a species of elapid snake native to eastern Australia. Though its venom is capable of causing significant morbidity, it is not generally fatal and is less venomous than other deadly Australian snakes. It is common in woodlands, forests and swamplands of eastern Australia.”

So basically I rode over a deadly venomous snake. And lived to tell the tale ;)  And Mr BBB is trying to cover his grief by saying that it was a small baby snake. Pfffft – more like 10 foot long I say 😉 (Ps – The snake slithered away so I don’t think that it was hurt. I am sure he will be there next time we venture to Kowen Forest.) But I digress. Didn’t I promise you some food???? We invited two of our friends over for dinner on Saturday night, for our first proper dinner party in our new house (well aside from Christmas!). And, with the cooler temperatures having arrived, we decided that a slow cooked Indian feast would be the perfect way to warm up and catch up! On the menu:

  • Paneer with mushrooms and peas
  • Lentil and potato dahl with cashew almond sauce
  • Chicken Tikka
  • Tomato, cucumber and onion salad
  • Persian orange cake

The first curry came from one of our favourite curry cookbooks and proved to be a spicy, yet tasty addition to our menu. Paneer with mushrooms and peas Paneer is a traditional North Indian cheese, made from rich dairy milk. It is white in colour, and smooth textured, and is available at most supermarkets. The recipe I followed to cook our paneer was relatively simple, but it was packed with flavours. Starting with a spicy paste… IMG_7870 Onion, mint, garlic, ginger, chillies and coriander. Processed until smooth. IMG_7871 IMG_7874 With some extra spices… IMG_7879 Garam masala and turmeric. IMG_7880 Heated until fragrant, then in went mushroom,peas and the paneer cheese (that I had cubed and pan-fried in a little oil until golden brown). IMG_7883 Cooked until warmed through, then it was time for the final ingredient – yoghurt! IMG_7939 Topped with mint. IMG_7955 A creamy, spicy dish… IMG_7942 Packed with flavour… IMG_7951 And definitely not one for the chilli-shy ;)  I not only loved the little cubes of fried cheese… IMG_7958 But also the vegetables that had soaked up the spices, and the fresh herbs scattered throughout! IMG_7963 Alongside the paneer, we served a simple tomato, onion and cucumber salad. IMG_7937 Brought together with a little green chilli and a splash of fresh lime juice, IMG_7945 And finished with a good amount of fresh coriander. IMG_7938 Such a simple little dish – but it worked really nicely when served alongside the creamy, spicy paneer. IMG_7981 But wait – there’s more!  You will just have to stay tuned for part 2 of our Indian eats!! What about you? Do you like paneer? Happy Baking 🙂

23 thoughts on “Indian Feast – Part 1

  1. Love Indian food! I've never had an orange cake but I'm sure that is delicious as well. And I've yet to encounter any snakes here… knock on wood!

  2. So beautifully green! I've never even eaten, let alone made, a paneer dish.

    In my primary school, there was a period of three months where a certain area of the playground was banned because a family of brown snakes was living there. I think they're more deadly than red-backs? Gotta love Australia 😉

  3. Yum!! I love Indian food. You should have put the snake into the Indian food. Snake is pretty good eats also. It could have ended up in the Mystery Box. Curried Snake 🙂

    Kevin
    HalfTRIing.blogspot.com

  4. what a wonderful pictorial! mattar paneer looks delectable! As for the snake — I am goose-pimpled all over at its sight (not excitement, but fear)
    Hopped over here from another blog and happy to have landed here – please do stop by my blog for other Indian recipes you may want to try out 🙂
    Cheers,
    Priya

  5. I have never even heard of it! I'm going to check out and see if they carry it in my grocery store. BTW, i have never seen fresh coriander before – looks remarkably like cilantro!

  6. This looks really good, I love the mushrooms. When we were in England the curries were packed full of veges and were really amazing.

  7. That looks amazing. I have never found paneer in the stores here, but I bet I could find it at Whole Foods.
    I'm glad you lived to tell the tale of your encounter with the snake, and I'm glad he's okay too.

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