Monday, September 17, 2007

Dosa Party and more

This Saturday we had invited our friends over for a Dosa lunch-party. Malina had offered to bring fruit custard (yummm...will tell you more about this later). The preparations had to start from Friday itself, first mission was to get the house in order. My son finds cleaning days very amusing and loves to imitate me, only difference is that if I pick up something and put it in a place that its supposed to be in, he does the reverse and the things are back where they were....he thinks he is helping me...and I don't deny him the pleasure...so the cleaning takes double the normal time. I had to also soak the rice and daal for the dosa and I did not forget to add a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds to the soaking rice. This is a tip i learnt from a friend of mine, It gives a flavour to the dosa. Saturday morning my husband was put in charge of getting all the fresh produce for the lunch party. So with all ingredients ready at hand, I began making the sambaar, the alu-bhaaji and I had to wait for Ranz to arrive with the yogurt for the coconut chatni. All things were ready on time and I actually had 15 minutes to lie down before the 1st couple arrived. I finished off the coconut-chatni and began with the dosa-making. Meanwhile the second couple Malina & Faisal arrived with little Iba in tow. So I figured that making 1 dosa at a time would slow down the output, considering that all guests had arrived. So I put on 2 tavas (skillets) and began making 2 dosas at a time and Ranz & Malina were serving them to all the guys (they were such a help!!) Once the guys were full..it was time for us girls to enjoy our lunch, so we began making and eating ...All the guests liked the food and were happily full; though some like Ranz complained later of over-eating !! which is a huge compliment to the chef (me)!! We sat on sofas like seals...not willing to move an inch....but we had to attack the custard that Malina had so painstakingly made....the guys were asked to serve us all, and all of us went "mmmmmmm" with the very first spoons in our mouth....it was so amazing that no one realised when the first helping was over....so in we went again to re-fill our bowls...
After the lunch and the fantabulous custard we sat down to watch the movie "Apne" starring the Deol Khandaan of hindi cinema. Malina & family had to leave as Iba was sleepy and Faisa had a cricket match to watch.
Thus ended our lovely Saturday spent in good company of our friends.
Malina has promised to share her custard recipe on the blog...so hang on !!

3 comments:

Malina said...

Neelum, your Dosa was simply scrumptious....& Faisal loved it too.I have to get the recipe from u and start practising it at home.

Sonia said...

wow this sounds so yummy - i think i will have to visit East Ham soon - East Ham is a locality quite close to ours which is like a mini south india - lots of udipi style restaurants... yummy this is giving me hunger pangs.

Amolsledge said...

Well Well.. no doubt the Dosa party was a super success, with everyone over-eating:) and the Custard was a fantabulous desert to top this all.. Well Neelum forgot about the kitchen sink full of utensils which needed cleaning and I got to do this after we had seen apne..It was sure a good exercise after having this lovely meal though... look forward to more such parties..with lots of friends..