Around the World in 52 Weeks – India

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Since we spent the weekend in NYC, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to eat authentic Indian food on 5th Street in Manhattan.  Basically, the entire block between 1st and 2nd Avenues is is entirely populated by Indian restaurants.  If you are lucky (as we were), you can listen to live sitar music as you eat.  We stopped in at Raj Mahal, one of our long time favorites, although I don’t think you can go wrong with any of your options.  If you haven’t taken your kids out for Indian food yet, don’t be intimidated by the spicy dishes.  There are plenty of mild options that our kids love.  You can try chicken kurma (chicken in a slightly sweet, almond sauce), mulligatawny soup (turmeric spiced soup), and an order of vegetable pakoras (fritters).

We really wanted to celebrate Holi, the festival of colors, but the weather hasn’t cooperated.  During Holi, celebrants throw colored powder and colored water on each other to celebrate unity and the beginning of spring.  We thought this sounded like a really fun idea, but definitely an outside activity.  Even though Holi was officially celebrated last month, we might have our own celebration later in the spring.  We plan to make our ‘colored’ water with kool-aid, and use flour colored with dry kool-aid or jello mix for our colored powders.  I’ll update this post to let you you know how it turns out!

Banana or Mango Lassi

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana or 1 mango
  • 2 cups of full fat plain yogurt
  • 2-4 ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • optional – pinch of cardamom
  • optional – fresh mint

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend well.  Garnish with a sprig of mint and a bit of crushed ice.  Enjoy!

Next stop, Japan!

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