We had a great Halloween this year. It was the first Halloween in our new house and I was so excited to see all of the little trick or treaters. Unfortunately, much like many others I've heard from, the trick or treaters were few and far between. We had a handful of kids (and a few questionable young adults) but certainly not as many as I expected especially since our neighbourhood has two Elementary schools and therefore lots of kids. Oh well, we did have our good friends come over for dinner with their little guy who had a blast trick or treating and it was fun to see the kids who did come around all dressed up.
I made an Indian inspired dinner complete with dosas, lamb curry, samosas, pakoras, a few different chutneys and these mango lassis. Mango lassis are very popular in Indian cuisine and are basically smoothies made with yogurt, spices and often ground pistachios. The cooling aspect of the yogurt is a perfect accompaniment to the spiciness of Indian food. Not to mention lassis are just plain good.
This week I'll go through a series of the dinner we had on the weekend. So here we start with the drinks.
Coming up next are pakoras. Stay tuned...
Recipe from Simply Recipes:
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1 cup chopped mango (peeled and stone removed)
4 teaspoons sugar, to taste
A dash of ground cardamom (optional)
ground pistachios (optional)
Blend all of the ingredients except for the pistachios in a blender. Puree until smooth. Serve the lassis in a tall glass sprinkled with a little cardamom and ground pistachios if you wish.
Makes about 2 cups.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009