A Taste of India


Friends are totally getting into tablescapes these days.  They blame it on me, but you know what, I think they are enjoying the effort and the kudos it brings.  Whatever the reason for this interest in tablescaping, everyone is doing a great job.

Take this table at a recent gathering of our gourmet group.  Yes, I started one in Maine copying the idea of our Houston group.  The hosts  plan the menu and assigns each of the other couples a dish that is made from a provided recipe.  It’s a great way to have a dinner party as no one has to do all the preparation.  But, I do digress.

This night Indian food was on the menu, and our hostess found a great tablecloth with a paisley motif in green and white with coral accents

which she complemented with similarly colored striped napkins and bright yellow stems.  All colors reminded of India’s energetic palette.  The piece de resistance were the coral beeswax candles.  Can you see the sparkles?  By the end of the evening we were all sparkling from touching the candles and then our faces.

I  can’t resist showing the wonderful dining room chairs, each with a different and beautiful needlepoint cushion.  I can only imagine how much time is represented in each lovingly done piece.  Even with the less than perfect photo, I think you can see how lovely they are.

As mentioned, the menu featured Indian food, and it was delicious.  My contribution was Vegetable Samosas.  Though they took a little time to make, they were not difficult and I think they would be a wonderful thing to have in the freezer for that last minute appetizer.

Vegetable Samosas

2 large baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 2″ pieces

1 t. curry powder

6 T. vegetable oil

1/2 c. chopped yellow onion

1 carrot, peeled and coarsely grated

1/2 c. frozen green peas, thawed

3 T. minced cilantro

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed in the refrigerator

1 egg beated with 1 T. water

2 t. caraway seets

Cook potatoes in boiling water until tender.  Drain and transfer to a bowl.  Using a fork, mash well, mixing in the curry powder and 3 T. of the oil.

Warm the remaining 3 T. of oil in a saute pan over medium heat.  Add the onion and sauté 3-4 minutes.  Add the carrot and sauté for 3-4 more minutes.  Stir the onion and carrot into the potatoes.  Add thawed frozen peas to the  mixture, season with salt and pepper.

Roll out the puff pastry very thin.  Cut into 3″ rounds.  Place about 1 t. of cooled potato mixture in the center of each round.  Brush the edges with egg-water mixture, fold in half and press the edges together to seal.

Place the filled pastries on a baking sheet lined with parchment.  Brush with remaining egg-water mixture and sprinkly with caraway seeds.  Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.    Bake at 400 until golden brown, about 15-18 minutes.  Serve hot.

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24 thoughts on “A Taste of India

  1. The food looks delicious and the tablescape looks so pretty. These chairs are lovely! I have a good friend who is Indian and she fixes Indian food for us sometimes and it’s good. Funny you should say about your friends doing tablescapes now, it’s contagious, isn’t it? My friends tell me that before they met me, they were happy with 1 set of dinnerware, now they are shopping for more. It helps the econonmy, lol…Christine

  2. It really catches on, doesn’t it? I think that’s a good thing! Our country as moved SO far away from the formalities of decades past that they have all but forgotten the joy of nice sit down dinners with all the accoutrements. When we take the time to slow it down and “put on the dog” as my great-Grandmother used to say, I think guests really appreciate the effort and thought that goes into it. We don’t all eat this way every day of our lives, but it’s nice to do it occasionally…especially when company is present. Your friend created a really inviting and colorful table for your enjoyment. The sparkly candles are a great touch! The Samosas sound really good!!!!!!

  3. Thanks for the recipe, we are going to a meeting of our dinner group this Saturday and I am in charge of appetizers, now I know what I am bringing!

  4. Hi Lulu! Looks like a lovely evening with good friends. We’ve tried putting gourmet groups together in past years and they’ve fizzled out due to everyone being so busy, but now that we’re all closer to retirement age and the kids are grown, I’m thinking we should give it another try. These Samosas would make a perfect light supper with a salad, too. And those chairs? Gorgeous!

    • Yes, having the group stick together can be a challenge, but if you find the right folks and put dates on the calendar, it works and everyone looks forward to the get together.

  5. It looks lovely, Lulu. Simple and inviting!
    Thar chairs are works of art!
    Thanks for linking to Let’s Dish!
    Enjoy the weekend, gorgeous weather , beach day tomorrow. They are numbered!

  6. Your table looks lovely and the theme is awesome. What a great evening! I just love to have friends over to enjoy a lovely dinner party. Hope you have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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