Daring Kitchen Menu
It’s Daring Kitchen time, and this one was an exhilarating trip through Southern India and Sri Lanka. Mary, who writes the delicious blog, Mary Mary Culinary was our August Daring Cooks’ host. Mary chose to show us how delicious South Indian cuisine is! She challenged us to make Appam and another South Indian/Sri Lankan dish to go with the warm flat bread.
Mary taught us that much of the Indian food that we consume in this country is from the North and Northwest regions, and that a whole world of culinary delights awaited us in the preparation of the cuisine of the south. Boy, did this feast deliver – a fragrant theme of coconut, ginger, cilantro and chilies carried us through the courses served family style. It was the first party I’ve had in a long time where, when the food was finished, I got to sit down and tuck in with my guests. Not to mention the fact that the dishes were perfect for casually prepping with my guests helping in the kitchen. A true delight for which I have Mary to thank 🙂
There are a few dishes on the menu that I’ve not listed recipes for – the naan was simply picked up at our Trader Joe’s and warmed in the oven. And the raita, barely a recipe, was two cups of greek yogurt, half a grated cucumber, salt, pepper and a secret ingredient of a bit of coconut milk to thin it out. The yogurt and the cilantro chutney were the stars of the party, as my guests plied their plates with the stuff as if there was no tomorrow. Next time, I know to make double!