Kitchens Of India And A Surprise Party

When we decided to throw a surprise party for my parents 40th Marriage Anniversary, my wife and me were a bit confused about what the menu should be. My parents and my in-laws love Bengali or North Indian food, my father’s best friend is a complete vegan while my mother’s childhood friend have married a Hyderabadi and they love Telugu food. It was out of question to cook something as we both wanted to enjoy the party. And with such diverse choice we were out of option for a good restaurant. It was then the idea came to our mind. Why not try the ready to cook products from Kitchens of India. We can make the dish in no time and they offer great variety too. Once we logged into their site deciding on the menu became absolutely easy.

Methi Chicken

Murg Methi

Dal Bukhara

Dal Bukhara

Paneer Darbari

Paneer Darbari

We chose Murg Methi for our parents. They love chicken and this would be a nice change for them from the more commonly made chicken curry. Dal Bukhara was the next choice. It would be a common item for both our parents and Mrs. and Mr. Agarwal, who are vegetarians. And specially for the later was our third choice, the vegetarian Paneer Darbari.
Next we started choosing the dishes for Mrs. and Mr. Reddy. And in no time we finalized their favourite Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani and Mirchi Ka Salan. For the biryani, we were to add chicken, rice, curd, oil and water into the mix and cook, while the Mirchi Ka Salan was a simple heat and serve dish. We also decided to keep Chicken Chettinad as it was a favourite of both our parents and the Reddys.
Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani

Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani

Mirchi Ka Salan

Mirchi Ka Salan

Chicken Chettinad

Chicken Chettinad

Raita

Raita

Masala Chaas

Masala Chaas

Steamed Rice

Steamed Rice

Parantha with butter

Parantha with butter

Paratha with Pickle

Hot Mango Chutney

Next were the dishes, which we would be preparing ourselves. We chose absolutely simple items which could be prepared in no time, so that we do not get stuck inside the kitchen. First was Cucumber Raita, which would go well with both the Hyderabadi Biryani as well as the other dishes. For refreshment was the Masala Chaas. And of course Steamed Rice and Paranthas with butter.

– “Why don’t we add a chutney too? They have a great variety of chutneys and it will go well with the paranthas too.” My wife suggested.

It was a good idea, I thought. So we added Hot Mango Chutney.

Jodhpuri Moong Daal Halwa

Jodhpuri Moong Daal Halwa

Payasam

Pasi Paruppu Payasam / Moong Dal Payasam

Now we were almost done with our plan and the only thing that remained was the dessert. Jodhpuri Moong Daal Halwa was an easy first choice. But what about something sweet from the South? After a few minutes of brainstorming my wife came up with an excellent idea.

We can use the Moong Dal Halwa as the base to prepare Pasi Paruppu Payasam or Moong Dal Payasam. We just need to boil the halwa in milk and add some jaggery and our payasam will be ready!

As far as the ambiance was concerned our priority was to make everyone comfortable. So we stocked enough cushions of various sizes and played A. R. Rehman soft instrumentals in the background.

Needless to say the party was a huge hit and everyone loved the food. Mrs. and Mr. Reddy were specially happy because it was the first time they were served Telugu dish in a Bengali home. That too of such high quality!

Thank you Kitchens of India for helping us organize such a memorable party!

My favourites - Methi Murg, Dal Bukhara, Hot Mango Chutney and Parantha with butter :P

My favourites – Methi Murg, Dal Bukhara, Hot Mango Chutney and Parantha with butter 😛

Kitchens of India products that helped us throw a great party!

Kitchens of India products that helped us throw a great party!

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