This past weekend I brought out an Indian cookbook I had received for Christmas. I’ve become a big fan of Madhur Jaffrey as not only is she an author of numerous cookbooks but is also an acclaimed actress (the 1999 film Cotton Mary is a favorite of mine).
As the title of the cookbook notes, the recipes are extremely simply and none too terribly time consuming. The only thing is I would recommend visiting an Indian/Sub-Asian grocery store as there are some ingredients (mainly spices) that are probably not found at your standard supermarket. Luckily for me, there are two small Indian markets within five minutes of where I live.
For the vegetable dish I made Grilled Eggplant Slices with Yogurt Sauce. Here are the before and after pictures of cooking:
I adore eggplant and especially loved the marinade for this recipe, a mixture of cumin seeds, garlic, cilantro, tomatoes, Tabasco sauce, ginger, Dijon mustard, and red wine vinegar (along with staples like sugar and salt).
For the main entree, I made Stir-Fried Chettinad Chicken which Jaffrey notes is a dish from the southeastern state of Tamil Nadu. It was a really quick stir-fry and contains spices used in the cooking of the Chettiyars-black pepper, fennel seeds, mustard seeds, and cinnamon. I served it atop Jasmine rice.
All in all, it was a really good meal and definitely put me in the mood for some India travels.