Indian Dinner Party Planning

I am having a dinner party for eight people. I love Indian food, so I am planning an spring dinner with an Indian flavor.

Books and sites I referenced.

  • Indian Instant Pot Cookbook: Traditional Indian Dishes Made Easy and Fast by Urvashi Pitre
  • Indian Light Cooking by Ruth Law
  • The Joy of Cooking
  • https://www.epicurious.com

Things to Buy

GROCERIES

Costco List

  • Mangos
  • Red or yellow potatoes
  • Lemons
  • Whole Pineapple
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Bell Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Cucumber
  • Raspberries
  • Leg of lamb

Grocery List

  • Whole Pineapple (if not purchased at Costco)
  • Basmati Rice
  • Yogurt
  • Fresh ginger
  • Garlic
  • Yellow or white onion
  • Red onion
  • Frozen peas
  • Frozen carrots
  • Jalapeno chilies

Specialty Grocery List

Asian Market

  • Cilantro 5 bunches
  • Mint 4 bunches
  • 5 Serrano chilies

Amazon

  • Desiccated Coconut
  • Curry leaves (though these might be at the Asian market)
  • Chickpeas
  • Chana Masala

Penzeys Spices

  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Garam Masala

DECORATIONS

Decorations used and purchased.

  • Elephant runner for dinning table
  • Flowers

Recipes

  • Pineapple sesame, page 79 Indian Light Cooking
  • Potato Patties, page 66 Indian Light Cooking
  • Mint-Coriander Chutney, page 285 Indian Light Cooking
  • Coconut Green Chutney, page 66 Indian Instant Pot Cookbook
  • Fried Spiced Paneer
  • Cucumber Raita, page 62 Indian Instant Pot Cookbook
  • Tomato and Green Pepper Salad, New Delhi Style, page 280 Indian Light Cooking
  • Chana Masala, page 86 Indian Instant Pot Cookbook
  • Cumin-Spiced Potatoes, page 106 Indian Instant Pot Cookbook
  • Carrot and Green Pea Porial, page 178 Indian Light Cooking
  • Basmati Pilau, page 72 Indian Instant Pot Cookbook
  • Naan, page 611 The Joy of Cooking
  • Tandoori Spiced Leg of Lam, https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/tandoori-spiced-leg-of-lamb-109172

Timeline

  • Make grocery list and figure out how much to buy based on head count
  • Date 4/2 – (Friday) – Do a head count of people coming
  • Date 4/7 – (Wednesday) – Order specialty items
  • Date – 4/8 (Thursday)
    • Buy all groceries
    • Buy flowers
  • Date – 4/9 (Friday)
    • Soak Chickpeas overnight
    • Set deboned Leg of Lamb to marinate overnight
    • Make Coconut Green Chutney
    • Mint Coriander Chutney
    • Cucumber Raita
  • Date – (Saturday)
    • 7:00 AM Start Naan
    • 8:00 AM Start Chana Masala
    • 8:30 AM Finish up Naan
    • 9:30 AM Tomato and Green Pepper Salad
    • 10:00 PM Make Cumin Spiced Potatoes
    • 10:40 AM Steam potatoes for patties in Instant Pot
    • 11:00 AM Set table (Normally I would do this the night before.)
    • 1:30 PM Prep appetizers
    • 2:00 PM Cook Pineapple sesame
    • 3:30 PM Start Basmati Pilau (rinse rice and let it sit)
    • 4:00 PM Put water on the table with sliced lemons, ginger and raspberries and fresh mint leaves
    • 4:30 PM Turn Instant Pot on to cook Basmati Pilau
    • 4:40 PM Fry potatoes patties
    • 4:50 PM Fry paneer cheese
    • 4:55 PM Pre-heat grill
    • Guest arrive at time 5:00 PM – Party Time!
    • 5:10 PM Put Lamb on grill
    • 5:30 PM Carrot and Green Pea Porial
    • 5:40 PM Check lamb and turn it over
    • 5:40 PM Reheat Naan in oven
    • 5:40 PM reheat Cumin spiced potatoes and Chana Masala
    • 6:00 PM Remove Lamb from Grill
    • 6:10 PM Remove flowers from table and carry food to table
    • 6:15 PM Time to eat!
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