Indian Food is an acquired taste for Filipinos but I came to love and enjoy their dishes … this is different, close to tradition and purist to some… It is liking what other people don’t find as such … it is loving what is different. My fascination with Indian Food started with Eat, Pray , Love and the acquisition of my japa mala beads. It is always a joy that every Diwali Festival … our Filipina neighbor married to an Indian , Aleli, gives us Indian sweets. I am also a fan of their Indian bracelets that she gives whenever she travels to India … one day , I would like to visit the place and I hope I will be given the chance.
(*) GULAB JAMUN dessert made from Milk powder, milk, baking soda, unsalted butter, oil, water, cardamom powder, kesar, sugar. This is my favorite Indian dessert . It is akin to yema and leche flan.
(*) Chapati – Indian whole wheat griddle bread . This is staple to every Indian meal.
(*) Makhani Dal is a rich lentil sauce. This can be a main meal or accompaniment to a principal meal. This can be eaten with the chapati as well. Very good combination.
Kadai Chicken – Kadai is the Indian Wok. This is cubed chicken in sauce with coriander & cumin seeds, black pepper corn, red chillies, ginger , ghee (clarified butter) , onion, tomatoes, salt , spice powder and garlic.
Tandoori Chicken – roasted chicken marinated in yogurt and spices. This is cooked in a cylindrical clay oven called tandoor.
Vegetable Kati Roll – Julienned Vegetable rolled in roti with green chili paste, turmeric powder, masala powder, eggs, lemon juice onions, chutney, guacamole, olive oil and salt. The Indian Burrito.
Aloo Tikki – This is mashed potato with mashed green peas, coriander, chili powder, chaat masala, lemon and salt. This is eaten with coriander sauce and tamarind sauce.
Kadai Paneer – Paneer (cottage cheese) cooked with oil, bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon, red chillies, coriander, onion, ginger, garlic paste, tomato.
(*) Vegetable Pulao – Boiled Rice (Chawal) cooked with cauliflower, potato, peas, onion, cardamoms, red chili, cinnamon, cloves and salt. This is one rice dish that I wouldn’t want to miss. The Indian Yang Chow Rice.
(āp kā khānā svādiṣṭa ho) Bon Appetit!
Queens Crystal Garden
146-B Jupiter St. Bel-Air, Makati Philippines