Spiritual India – Dinner for 12 @ Creperie

Beautiful Altar & Table set up with steel Thaali & tumblers by VJ, Jeff Spurlin & Taylor – We are ready for our guests

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Jeff & VJ friends for 30+ years…
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Our guests all in white ready for their journey to Spiritual India
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Naan with Tomato- Date Chutney & Masala Chai  – Appetizers-

And ….I forgot to take pictures of the food, as we got busy serving…… I got so taken in by the ambience and the lighting. VJ did an excellent job of setting up the Altar with pictures and idol of lord Ganesha with flowers, tea candles & lighting around them. It was nice of Taylor to help us, besides, he can tie a turban so well, after watching it being tied once. Jeff brought out his beautiful table clothes and Napkins.

When the guest arrived, all dressed in white ( as a part of the spiritual theme), I got busy making Naan. While VJ did a little ceremony and Taylor served tea. I was the only one not wearing white, while VJ wore a white saree. I just wasn’t thinking when I was getting ready….

All I did was make the food. It was the usual Langar ( community kitchen) kind of vegetarian food with Rajma Dal ( Kidney beans & Black lentils in a creamy sauce), Alu Gobi ( Caulifower & potatoes), Matar- Paneer Pulao( Rice dish with peas, nuts & homemade cheese), Raita & Halwa ( Semolina pudding with cashews & raisins) and of course Naan made right there on Jeff’s special griddles….All organic & made extra special with Ghee and coconut butter.

And everybody got to take a banana home as prasadam ( religous offering)

It was a TCEF fundraiser – “Indian dinner for 12 with a theme”-

 

June 5th Indian Dinner for a Cause

A Benefit for Diego’s (our soccer coach’s) family

A fundraising site that has been set up to them.
http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/hope-for-a-little-one-s-heart-carroll-rivas-family/353504#.VVSqADtqsYo.facebook

Eggplant rice with spinach sauce, Daal Soup and Dosas “Crepes and flat breads from India” with potatoes & chutney, and a chicken dish.

 Freshly and healthy made, from scratch with mostly organic ingredients and Dosas are hot off the Griddle On June 5th 6 PM – 8 PM

Menu

Vangibath
Basmati rice with sauted eggplant, cashews, coconut, tamarind and other spices

Butter Chicken Masala
Cubed chicken simmered in a mild spicy, tomato based masala with cardamom and cashews

Daal  Soup
Pink lentils( Masoor dal) seasoned with onion, ginger, garlic, tomatoes & butter

Palak Paneer
Spinach & tomato sauce seasoned with onions, garlic, ginger with homemade cheese

Jeera Rice
Basmati rice seasoned with Cumin

Boondi Raita
Plain Yogurt seasoned with gram flour,cumin and salt

Plain Dosa 
Dosa with coconut-cilantro chutney

Dosa with Alu –
Dosa with a spiced potatoes on the side and chutney

Dosa – Crepes from India
The batter is a blend of brown rice and Urad dal (white lentils). It is gluten free

Drink – Chai Tea
Freshly made hot, creamy, fragrant with black tea, fresh cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and enough sugar to bring out the spice flavor.

Dessert – Gajar Halwa
Freshly grated carrots cooked in creamy milk, flavored with fresh cardamom and enough sugar

You can have it all for $27.00

To make a Reservation contact Ish at Cookingwithish@gmail.com or call/text 490-1146

Indian Dinner for Nepal…… on May 15th was a success

They know how Indian food is supposed to taste!
They know how Indian food is supposed to taste!

Great friends & supporters
Great friends & supporters
Cheerful & Helpful
Cheerful & Helpful
Happy Helpers
Happy Helpers
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Another happy family! Good friends…
Done after 70 dosas
Done after 70 dosas

It just felt like a huge family party at home, where everyone was having a good time. Except that, there were 40 people……….

Here was the Menu for May 15th

Lemon Rice – Rice dish seasoned with mustard seeds, tumeric, lemon juice and cashews
Raita – Yoghurt blended with grated cucumber, cilantro and garam masala.
Chicken Masala– Chicken cubes simmered in a blend of onion, ginger, garlic, coriander, cumin, tomatoes and other spices
Vegetable Korma – Roasted Cauliflower, peas, carrots, beans and paneer (homemade cheese) cooked in a spicy-sweet creamy tomato sauce
Lemon Rice can be enjoyed with Chicken, Vegetable Korma & Raita
Dosa – Crepes from India – The batter is a blend of brown rice and Urad dal (white lentils)
Alu – Boiled potatoes seasoned with tumeric, coriander, cumin and a dash of lemon juice
Sambhar – Soupy masoor dal(red lentils) seasoned with mustard seeds, tomatoes, cilantro and a dash of tamarind
Chutney – A blend of coconut, cilantro, and Serrano peppers with a seasoning of mustard seeds…
The Dosa is eaten with Alu, Sambhar & Chutney
Drink – Chai Tea: Freshly made hot, creamy, fragrant with black tea, fresh cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and enough sugar to bring out the spice flavor.

Dessert – Burfi: A Fudge made by simmering milk, coconut, sugar & nuts Dinner time is  from 6 PM – 8 PM, Cost $30……

To make a Reservation contact Ish at Cookingwithish@gmail.com or Call at 490-1146

Making Dosas at the Creperie

My very first time cooking “Indian food” at the Creperie! I was nervous and excited at the same time. It was Liz’s idea. Dr Liz Gundersen works at Exploration works and I have know her for years because of Robotics.

So she talked with Jeff, owner of the Creperie and we decided to do our very first Indian dinner for folks at Exploration works!!!! And Paul Manners an old friend of ours agreed to help make dosas. He was an awesome helper that night…

 

Here was the Menu

Dosa Crepes from India (The batter is a blend of brown rice and Urad dal) 

Alu : Boiled potatoes seasoned with tumeric, coriander, cumin and a dash of lemon juice

Sambhar : Soupy dal seasoned with mustard seeds, tomatoes, cilantro and a dash of tamarind

Chutney : A blend of coconut, cilantro, yoghurt and Serrano peppers with a seasoning of mustard seeds

VangiBath : Rice dish with crispy eggplant seasoned with coconut and other spices

Raita : Yoghurt blended with grated cucumber,cilantro and garam masala. 

Malabar Chicken : Chicken cubes marinated in  a yoghurt sauce and cooked slowly in a spice blend of ginger,coriander, cumin, and tomatoes

Chai  :Freshly made hot,creamy, fragrant with black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and enough sugar to bring out the spice flavor.

Traditional Dosa Recipe

1/3 C Urad daal

1 1/4 C Brown Rice

Method

Soak them in about 4 -5 Cups of water, for about 4 to 5 hours.

Drain the water

Put them in a blender, add about 1/2 to 1 Cup of water to prepare the batter…