Grind all the above with a mortar and pestle.
Bring 3/4 cup of water to boil and add the ground-up
ingredients. When the water is boiling gently, add a level teaspoon
of black tea leaves and let boil for a minute or two.
Add 1/4 cup of milk and let the whole thing simmer on a
low setting for 4-5 minutes. Strain.
Add some sugar/honey.
Indian cuisine is characterized by its use of
spices and huge assortment of cooking techniques. Cuisine varies
from region to region, but most Indian restaurants offer favorites
that both children and adults will find delectable.
For starters, try samosas, deep fried and savory pastries
filled with potatoes and peas, and Vegetable Pakoras, mildly spiced
veggie fritters. For a main course, try the renowned Tandoori
Chicken: succulent pieces of chicken marinated in yogurt and mild
spices and cooked in the tandoor, a clay fire-oven. Biryanis are
saffron and herb infused rice-based dishes accompanied by your
choice of roasted chicken, lamb or veggies.
No Indian dinner out is complete without a side serving of
Naan, a toasty, puffy, tandoor-baked flatbread that can be ordered
plain or filled with everything from spiced potatoes to minced
meat. Don't forget to sample some veggie main courses as well:
Paneer Makhani is a rich dish of cottage cheese cubes marinated in
a creamy tomato sauce; Aloo Gobi is a cauliflower and potato stew
mildly spiced with ginger and herbs; and Vegetable Jhalfrezi is
mixed veggies pan fried and tossed with tangy bell
Children will delight in the Mango Lassi, a sweet drink of
pureed mangos mixed with fresh, creamy yogurt. Little tea lovers
should try the masala chai, a spiced, sweet milky tea. For dessert,
enjoy some Kulfi, Indian ice cream in fruity tropical flavors.
Gulab Jamun are warm, sweet pastry balls, similar to doughnuts,
soaked in a saffrony syrup.
India House, at 57 W. Grand in downtown Chicago, offers an
excellent all-you-can-eat lunch buffet that's perfect for families:
pick and choose exactly what you want and try new dishes as the
menu rotates through the seasons.
Tiffin is also a great option and its location on Devon
Avenue will transport you direct to India via Chicago. Be sure to
try the Masala Dosai, rice flour crepes with onion and potato
filling, and Chole Peshawari, a chickpea and potato stew that
originates from the region near the Afghani border. Check out the
rear of the restaurant where kids can watch the chef prepare Naan
in the traditional tandoor fire-oven.
While on Devon, pick up some pretty and inexpensive bangle
bracelets for your daughters from one the many fashion boutiques
that dot the avenue. Patel Brother's supermarket at 2610 W. Devon
is the place to find a case of mangoes when they're in season, as
well as all the spices you'll need to prepare your own special
Indian feast at home.
Amy Bizzarri is a mom of two living in Logan Square. She also blogs at tiramisumom.com.
See more of Amy's stories here.
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