Renny Darling's

Dinner at the Taj

"Nothing Exceeds Like Excess"
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Samosas in Puff Pastry, or
Indian Vegetable Dipping Sauce with Fresh Vegetables or Toasted Pita

Cucumber Salad with Currants & Peanuts

Chili Chicken with Garlic & Onions
Ginger Carrots with Currants & Coconut
Garbanzos with Tomatoes Onion Curry
Red Lentils with Fried Onions
Yellow Rice Indienne with Raisins Pistachio Nuts
Yellow Rice with Currants &, Cashew Nuts

Chutneys
Mango Chutney with Lemon &, Pine Nuts

Apricot Chutney with Bananas & Orange

Desserts
Creamy Rice Pudding with Strawberry Sauce

Creme de Kashmir with Papaya Sauce
Cheesecake on Butter Cookie Crust with G1azed Strawberries
Tea Aromatique

This is a grand menu in the fullest sense of the word. It is full of interesting flavors, textures and colors. Again, here is a nice variety of choices.

For starters, you can choose the Samosas, served hot, or the Indian Vegetable Dipping Sauce, served cold. A cucumber salad is a must and Cucumber Salad with Currants & Peanuts is very unusual. Choose two or three accompaniments to the chicken. They all work well together.

I would recommend that you prepare both chutneys. They keep well and are often served with numerous other roasts of meat or chicken. They are delicately seasoned and not hot or highly spiced.

The vegetable choices are interesting and great to use with other menus. Don't reserve them only for Indian dinners. They translate well with lamb, chicken or beef roasts. All the recipes can be made in advance and heated before serving.

Indian desserts often use bases of milk or cream. The Cheesecake is an excellent dessert, but if you are feeling a little more adventuresome, I would recommend you include both classics...Creamy Rice Pudding and Creme de Kashmir. The 2 fruit sauces can be interchanged. They are triumphant endings to a superb dinner.

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