Now that our daughter is a bit older, she has been having more sleepovers at Nanny’s on Friday nights. This leaves Hubs and I to our own devices… which usually means pizza, but last week we changed things up and went out for Indian food. Halifax has a couple of really good Indian restaurants, and this time we chose to go to Curry Village. Since I am a #PataksMom, I wanted to get a better knowledge of authentic Indian cuisine, so we went all out and ordered the Chef’s Special, which included:
- Mulligatawny Soup – this whooped my recipe’s butt… I’ll master it some day!
- Mixed Starters (which turned out to be a Samosa, Onion Bhaji and a Sheek Kabab)
- Chicken Tikka – spicy bits of chicken breast coated in spices, skewered and cooked in the Tandoor oven.
- Butter Chicken – We’re well schooled on this one… it’s always a must have.
- Mixed Vegetables (this was more like a stew, it was delicious!)
- Peas Palao – Basmati Rice with peas, onions, herbs and spices… slightly sweet – so good!
- Naan Bread – straight out of an authentic Tandoor oven – addictive.
- Dessert, which was Gulab Jamun – this may have been the highlight of my meal,though when it was served I was almost scared of it. It looked like a chocolate donut hole floating in some water. Appealing, eh? It was INCREDIBLE! It turns out they are fried ‘processed milk’ balls in cardamom flavoured syrup… which still doesn’t sound a whole lot better, but they are delicious and surprisingly filling.
We ordered everything mild, as they will make it as hot as you want. Call me a wimp, that’s okay. Besides the gulab jamun, what I left wanting more of (not at that exact time… I basically had to be rolled down the stairs) were samosas, something I ate a lot of during my vegetarian days, but haven’t had in quite a spell. Samosas are kind of like cookies though… in that they are a lot of monotonous work, not something the mom of a busy 4-year old has the time or patience for. The solution is simple – Samosa Pie. A slightly spicy samosa filling of potatoes and green peas topped with store-bought puff pastry.
- 1 sheet puff pastry, your own, or store bought, you’ll need a 9×9 sheet
- 6 medium yellow potatoes, peeled, boiled and then diced
- 1 cup green peas, cooked (use frozen and simply put them in with your boiling potatoes at the very end)
- 1/2 a large white onion, diced
- 2 tbsp butter
- 3-6 tbsp Pataks Mild Curry Paste (I used 6, but we like it with a lot of flavour)
In a large skillet or pot, melt the butter over medium high heat and cook onions until they are soft and translucent. Add in the curry paste and stir until the onions are covered with spice. Add in the potatoes and peas and then put it into an 8″ square baking pan which has been sprayed with oil. Place the rolled square of puffed pastry on top, and cut a few slits so that steam can escape. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the puff pastry is a rich golden colour.
Disclosure: I am part of the Patak’s Canada Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.