Saturday, April 22, 2006

Naan Stop

I love having friends who are always ready for an adventure, and the lovely Phoenix and her fiance Mr. Nice Guy are often willing to follow my lead.

We decided to celebrate Earth Day by hiking on a section of the Towpath running through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. We spent a couple of hours walking and watching for great blue herons, Canadian geese, wood ducks, turtles sunning on logs, frogs, and a variety of snakes as well as spring wildflowers.

When we had finished, our appetites had been throughly piqued, and we hastened back to the Indian restaurant we had passed on the way to the park.

Mr. Nice Guy headed straight for the buffet, while Phoenix and I sampled a number of vegetarian items off the menu. We started with spinach ghota, leaves of fresh spinach dipped in spiced chickpea batter, fried, and served with our favorite chutneys.

For our main course, we split a spicy vegetable vindaloo with peppers, carrots, peas, broccoli, and cauliflower as well as paneer akbari, simple cubes of cheese in a mild but rich and creamy tomato curry.

Add to that our favorite garlic naan (loaded with chopped fresh garlic) and nargisi naan, stuffed with dried fruits and finely chopped nuts, plus my refreshing strawberry lassi, and you can well imagine what a fine feast we had.

Since they were out of the coconut kulfi I had hoped to sample for dessert, I believe we'll have to make a return trip.



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