Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mountain View: Amber India and green curry

Last Thursday night, I had dinner with friends at Amber India in Mountain View.  We ordered butter chicken, chicken masala (curry), dal, mattar paneer (farmer's cheese and peas), naan, rice, chai and mango lassi.  Amber is one of my favorite restaurants; it's on the expensive side of the spectrum, but there's no better Indian food in the area.  My favorite dishes are the butter chicken, baingan bharta (eggplant), and mattar paneer.  The lunch buffet costs $15 (or it did, last time I went) and is one of the best restaurant deals I know of in the area.

On Friday afternoon, after a rather difficult week during which I learned that a near-constant intake of Benadryl and coffee results in malaise and makes me feel stupider, I visited the Land of Magic known as Whole Foods.  Among other delicious things, I bought a jar of green curry paste, determined to try making something curry-like instead of just ordering curry from Lotus Thai, which is my usual antidote to curry cravings.  At home, I washed and chopped some broccoli, oyster mushrooms, and firm tofu.  I sauteed the broccoli and mushrooms in a little bit of oil, then added a mixture of canned coconut milk and a few tablespoons of green curry paste.  The tofu went in last, after everything was bubbly.  I served this approximate curry on top of freshly cooked white rice.  Paired with a gin and tonic, this made for a very satisfying dinner.  I ate some of the leftover curry with pan-fried noodles later in the weekend, and packed the rest for lunch on Monday.