A little nervous, silly to say but I’m cooking a three course Indian Meal tomorrow for my Mother In Law to be plus Father in Law too. For her birthday. Most of it I’m under control with but nervous about my Rottis and the Kheer for pudding. My menu is

Starters: Chicken Tandoori & Pakora. With Imlee Chutney & Mint/Coriander Chutney (already made my chutneys & marinating Chicken now)

Main: Thari Wala (currently in Slow Cooker) & Keralan Pandi (going in slow cooker tomorrow morning - 1st time of making from Hari’s Book

Plain Basmati rice & Spiced Cauliflower Rice with Rottis

Dessert: Kheer... I think this is the one I will mess up possibly.. I just can’t get rice quite right. 🙁🤣

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boo
11 months

What a wonderful meal @victoria.darragh !! Beautiful presentation and fab photos!!
A real treat for your parents in law and for your love!
You’re right, choosing a good quality of rice is very important. Tilda is a good choice, but not even the best. Try different sorts of rice and choose what you like best. Basmati rice should have this fine basmati flavour and, once cooked, long grains should “fall like snow”!
Perhaps you like to try my kind of prep: you soak the basmati rice (washing not necessary if it’s clean) in an open wided (!) pot with plenty of lukewarm salted water (1/4 rice, 3/4 water) for 30 minutes. Then you bring this pot to the boil. Turn it once then you leave it. After one and a half minutes I begin to check how soft/hard he rice is. The grains become longer! I drain the rice through a sieve when the grains are long and the rice must not be completely cooked. Then you leave the rice in the pot for a few minutes. Don’t cover it completely with the lid. Finally heave the rice gently with a fork. Have a try! Good luck!

victoria.darragh
11 months

I meant ‘heeding’ and well under way.. 🤣🤣

victoria.darragh
11 months

Thank you everyone. 🙏😃 prep is we under way. Keralan Pandi is in the slow cooker. I will be needing the advice on rice pudding. 😋

Hari Ghotra
11 months

Hi guys - if you soak your rice then yes @Jo dunn is correct you need less water also your pan makes a difference to. A nice wide pan is the best for rice. @victoria.darragh for kheer you want it stodgy so don’t worry too much. I’m sure your meal is going to be incredible! Looking forward to seeing how you get on - good luck!

Sue Geen
11 months

sounds great @victoria.darragh . best of luck.xx

Jo dunn
11 months

Good luck today @victoria.darragh xx

victoria.darragh
11 months

@Jo dunn I think you are right as I always follow the pack instructions & it’s always still too stodgy. It’s the one thing that lets down my meals I feel.. 👩🏻‍🍳🤔

Jo dunn
11 months

When recipes tell you "1 cup rice 2 cups water" DO NOT believe them! This is the way to soggy stodgy rice. It's an absolute must to use LESS water than double. Always use 1 cup rice to 1 and a half cups water for a drier more separate grain end result. People will argue this with me but after years and years I have found I am right and they are wrong. 😂🤣😃💕

victoria.darragh
11 months

@traceyross yes I do...I must be doing something wrong in this process. Maybe around water levels. 🧐

traceyross
11 months

Do you wash rice in a seive to remove starch @victoria.darragh just a thought. I’m sure you will perfect it.

victoria.darragh
11 months

@traceyross 🙏 so much. I just don’t seem to ever get rice quite right. 🙁 I would love to crack that one...

victoria.darragh
11 months

@Jo dunn I can’t seem to crack my rice 💯 it’s always a little stodgy and I follow recipes to the ‘t’.. I’m trying to figure where I’m going wrong somehow. 🤔🤔👩🏻‍🍳

victoria.darragh
11 months

Here is hoping @Arthur vdH 🤣🙏😃 they do love Indian food but only ever had at takeaway or restaurant.

Arthur vdH
11 months

You’ll be alright, @victoria.darragh . After tomorrow you’ll be the favourite daughter in law to be ;-)

Jo dunn
11 months

I have to say I agree with Tracey @victoria.darragh 🙂 . It all sounds really well thought through. You can't go wrong with kheer. It's all about the sweetness, aromatics and flavour; the consistency may be different for each cook, but the flavour is in the ingredients. It'll be wonderful. Pat yourself on the back for such a tremendous menu!!! Ace! Lots of love. Lots of luck. You'll be great 😁👩‍🍳🙌 💕

traceyross
11 months

Hi @victoria.darragh your menu looks great and you are well organised which helps so much. I’m sure your kheer will turn out lovely and try not to worry. Enjoy your cooking and hosting. I’m sure your in laws to be will love your cooking. 💞