This week’s menu features a traditional Indian Butter Chicken inspired by the Moti Mahal Restaurant in New Delhi, India.
05.11.20 – 05.14.20
Traditional Indian Butter Chicken
vegetables & creamy turmeric *plant-based alternative: Mushrooms
Basmati or Cauliflower Rice
cucumber, cherry tomatoes & chickpeas in a creamy yogurt sauce
fresh Indian naan bread baked with a garlic & paneer cheese spread
classic & tangy Earl Grey Mango Chutney with shallots & herbs
Butter Chicken is a classic Indian dish characterized by its smooth & creamy turmeric-tinted sauce of tomatoes, onions, and a bevy of spices. This Curious Dish originated in New Delhi, India at the Moti Mahal restaurant in 1947, and has become a global favorite.
With over 300 widely-spoken languages, 2,000+ ethnic groups, and strong English & French colonial influences, Indian cuisine is the original definition of “fusion cooking.”
The word “chutney” derives from the Hindi word “caṭnī,” meaning “to lick” or “to eat with appetite.” Traditional chutneys preserve tart fruits with an equal amount of jaggery – a hard Indian sweetener that tastes similar to molasses, often including mustard oil or vinegar to pickle the fruit. Earl Grey tea leaves with pickled mango are the classic chutney used in this week’s dish.
This Curious Table meal is a comforting celebration of bright & savory flavors – curry, tomatoes, onions, Indian squashes & eggplants, cashews, fragrant rice, paneer cheese with garlic & ginger, Earl Grey and mango.
This Curious Dish reminds us of the mutual joy we experience when we gather around the table to share good food.