With henna still on our hands, we are saying Namaste to India. What a wonderful week we had! One of the main things I will take from this week is how India is a country full of color, from the foods they eat to the clothes they wear and the art used to decorate their homes. Neeti even described to us the traditional “festival of color” that they do throughout India in early spring. Apparently “everyone” in India dresses in all white and they spend the entire day throwing powdered colors at each other. At the end of the day the people are just covered in colors, according to Neeti, and it doesn’t come off for a few days. This seems like such a fun tradition, I’m thinking we need to start our own American festival of colors. If a country with over a billion people is participating, why can’t we?…..maybe we can start next year!
For our final Indian night, we celebrated with some good friends and I spent a few hours preparing some amazing Indian food. Using my sweet friend Maria’s Mangoes and Curry Leaves cookbook once again, I found several recipes that I just have to make again. In fact, I decided I just need to go for it and buy this cookbook as it has proven so fabulous!
As our guests arrived, we offered a sweet drink of refreshing Hunza Apricot Nectar mixed with a bit of water. This was made using dried apricots, water and sugar and the kids really enjoyed it, probably because we don’t give them much juice.
Next, we dove into the meal.
The Cucumber Raita was a light accompaniment made of chopped hothouse cucumbers, yogurt and salt. It was really that simple and tasted great with the chapatis.
While I wanted to try to make Na’an, it was a bit too complicated for our evening and the chapatis, a very traditional Indian bread, were much more simple and served the same purpose. These are a very basic flour, water, salt dough that is left to sit a few hours before rolling out and grilling on a cast-iron grill.
Home-Style Jalebis with Ice Cream
I had some extra dough from our party the other day and let our dinner guests paint their own cookies, which they had some fun with.