Serves: 6 – 8
Every time Nat and I jet off on a holiday, I have a tradition of giving her a card and a new cookbook in the lounge.
We were headed to Vanuatu (our favourite place on earth) which oddly has no Indian restaurants of any fame. (Essentially, we have never stepped foot in and trust me, we’ve eaten everywhere in Port Vila.)
So the latest book was Thali by Maunika Gowardhan.
A brilliant, colourful book of dozens and dozens of side, mains and breads to make a Thali: a big plate.
We cooked seven dishes – all vegetarian – and it was a triumph.
Flavours so unique and serious. Each of them complimenting the other. The sum of its parts. So sophisticated.
We didn’t do a sweet, though I really appreciate how you could and probably should.
Start the night before, bring out the tray and your friends will fall off their chairs.
And the dishes:
Spicy Stir-Fried Garlic Potatoes
Spicy Sweetcorn with Ginger and Green Chilli
Kidney Bean Curry with Cardamom, Ginger and Chilli
Andhra Aubergine, Coconut and Tamarind Curry
Paneer Koftas in a Creamy Spiced Tomato Curry
Rice to serve