Monthly Archives: December 2012

Queens Crystal Garden Restaurant … Incredible Indian Food

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

Gulab Jamun

(*) 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.

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Chapati

(*) Chapati – Indian whole wheat griddle bread .  This is staple to every Indian meal. 

Makhani Dal

Makhani Dal

(*) 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 Chicken

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

Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken – roasted chicken marinated in yogurt and spices.  This is cooked in a cylindrical clay oven called  tandoor.

Vegetable Katti Roll

Vegetable Kati Roll

 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

Aloo Tikki

Coriander & Tamarind Sauce

Tamarind and Coriander Sauce

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

Kadai Paneer

Kadai Paneer – Paneer (cottage cheese) cooked with oil, bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon, red chillies, coriander, onion, ginger, garlic paste, tomato.

Vegetable Pulao

Vegetable Pulao

(*) 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

 (02) 895-1816

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Löwensenf

This is by far the best mustard in my list.  The company Düsseldorfer Löwensenf GmbH was founded in 1903 in Metz, France.  They relocated in 1920 to Düsseldorf because of the 1st World War. 

 The word means Lion’s Mustard.  It is made of water, mustard seeds, spirit vinegar and salt with no preservatives. It is important to refrigerate after opening.   This enhances just about any meat like sausages and burgers. The taste is a mixture of dijon and wasabi.  This is tangy and so delish !

 When in Germany … buy a tube or a jar. 

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Löwensenf in a Tube

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Löwensenf in a Jar