Yay for Indian food! Diamond Palace catered an Indian lecture at school today, which means free lunch! I had grown so accustomed to eating a lot of Indian food in NYC that I found myself missing Indian cuisine more than local Chinese food. Unlike NYC, good Indian places are far and few in SoCal (we make up for it with lots of excellent Asian food). Hawaii has recently begun to expand it’s section of Indian restaurants along King Street and the Kapahulu area. I’ve yet to try most of them, but will report back as soon as I do during winter break- just another plug for home look at all the culinary progress we’re making!
I forgot to take a picture of the other items I had, but in addition to the Palak Paneer, Tandoori Chicken and Navratan Korma, I ate some very spicy Samoas, a few pieces of Naan, basmati rice and Gulab Jaman. A very good lunch indeed! The cubes of cheese in the Palak Paneer were just the right texture – not too soft or undercookied, nice and creamy, mmm…cheese and spinach. The samosa’s were addictive (hell, all Indian food is delicious!) – big crispy triangles filled with a spicy mixture of curried potatoes and peas. My favorite Indian sweets are Kheer (a very rich rice pudding) and Kalakand (a cheesecake like sweet, only much lighter and based on ricotta cheese) but Gulab Jamans come pretty close. They are ping pong ball sized treats of deep fried milk balls. The balls are soaked in a sticky honey syrup and served cold. Man, do Indian people know how to cook – we need more Indian restaurants in Claremont.
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