Celebrating the Indian festival of Diwali

Are you familiar with Diwali? It’s the Indian festival of lights, one of the most important celebrations for Hindus. It’s kind of like Christmas — families gather, exchange gifts, indulge in great food, wear new clothes, etc. My first experience was several years ago when T’s parents were here in time for the festival. Her mom made amazing food. It’s been one of my favorite celebrations since.

Butternut squash with toasted pumpkin seeds

Last week, T and I marked the festival with lunch at Orissa in Dobbs Ferry, NY. That we had a meal at an Indian restaurant is rather unusual. T is rather critical of other people’s cooking, LOL! Kinda like me when I see food at some Filipino restaurants (chicken pastel shouldn’t really have carrots and potatoes, people!!!) but she’s been raving about this restaurant for a year now.

Nargisi (cheese) dumplings, top, and chicken tikka masala
My favorite Indian dish is chicken tikka masala (which was lovely at Orissa). My friends know that’s the first thing I order when we’re at an Indian place. but I was game to try other stuff. T ordered the dish pictured at the beginning of the post (friend okra with tomatoes and onions, served with naan and tamarind sauce on the side) and it was a delightful surprise. Never been a big fan of okra, but cooked this way, I could be.
The pièce de résistance is the cardamom brownie with vanilla ice cream. I love brownies in general, but the hint of cardamom gives this dessert an extra oomph. Oh, and because of Diwali, the restaurants also gave us complementary panna cotta shots with raspberries.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Betis Boy says:

    that food made me drool. yup, familiar with deepavali. i had some indian classmates and we once were invited to a deepavali dinner, where the milk desserts were amazing. about chicken tika masala, the food shows say it's actually an english adaptation, much like pancit canton in the philippines. but i like that dish too. 😀 (what food don't i like.) ha.ha.


  2. Guagua Girl says:

    you're probably talking about ras malai when you mentioned milk desserts. it's cottage cheese in a milk reduction. one of my favorite indian desserts. i've been nagging T to make some 😛


  3. Betis Boy says:

    yup. the one that's almost cream cheese like in consistency. nyaman ne?


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