Good Indian food pushed me into vegetarianism back in 1994, and I've had a soft spot for the stuff ever since. I was 13 years old at the time, and I spent a week of summer vacation visiting my Indian friend Purvi's house in Oklahoma. Purvi was vegetarian, as were her mother and siblings (only her dad ate meat). For that week, I ate nothing but awesome home-cooked Indian food (and I believe we also ate some mac & cheese and grilled cheeses).
When my parents picked me up from Purvi's house (after their eight hour drive from Arkansas), I announced that I was going vegetarian. Or at least semi-vegetarian. I continued to eat poultry for a few more months until totally giving that up on the day after Thanksgiving in 1994. I switched to veganism in 2004.
All that being said, I've been downing some major Indian food lately. I attacked the all-veg buffet (only one item wasn't vegan!) at the new Woodlands Vegetarian Indian Cuisine in Memphis this past Saturday. And tonight, I whipped up Jessy's (of Happy Vegan Face) Malai Kofta:
I'd never had malai kofta before, but when I saw the dish on Jessy's blog, I knew I had to try it. They're little fried potato and green pea balls topped with an amazing tomato-based gravy. I added some cayenne to the gravy for extra kick.
On the side, I made Jessy's Onion Parathas:
This is a delicious whole wheat flatbread stuffed with Indian-spiced onions (everything is better with filling!). I rarely make my own breads because it seems so time-consuming. And I'm not gonna lie. This whole meal took forever to make (and that's after I prepped the kofta balls and onion filling last night). But it was so worth it. And now I have a ton of leftovers to enjoy all week long!!!
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