I'm no passionate cook. At most, I cook one dish a week, the rest of the week T has to cook or we go out. A bad habit that I nurtured in San Francisco. Actually, I guess the amount of times you cook doesn't correlate to how much you like it. For me, cooking is an art, it's creative. And as much as I don't feel like taking photographs every day, I don't feel like cooking every day. I guess cooking is also a necessity most of the times - but today was only fun. I thoroughly enjoyed what felt (and kind of was) a whole day of cooking. It's almost 10 p.m. now and we just finished this great Indian meal with - guess what - some tasty chai. We started the whole thing by thinking about what Indian dish to cook, then making a list, going shopping, and then started marinating and soaking and preparing what needed to be preapared before you could actually heat the many pots and pans we needed.
Without going in to too much detail, let me just say that these two videos here should be followed exactly as instructed and you'll get the most amazing Tadka Dhal (Manu, what does Tadka mean?) and Chicken Vindaloo. Really, I mean it. The way it turned out, we could have served it in an Indian restaurant in India. And I know what I'm saying! We could officially be an Indian cooking help now, he he. :)
So here are the videos, and this is the link to the chai recipe.