Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Pittsburgh: home-cooked Indian dinner

On my first night in Pittsburgh, one of the current students hosted several of the applicants at his condo for dinner.  I thought it would be a relatively simple affair given that cooking for seven is no small task, but I was wrong.  We guests helped a little bit with chopping vegetables and watching things on the stove, but other than that, it was all on our host.  In a little over an hour he produced an impressive (and I imagine rather authentic) Indian meal consisting of the following: homemade pita chips (with store-bought hummus), basmati rice, chana masala, vegetable curry, egg curry, and a chicken/yam/mango/coconut milk dish.  It was definitely more spicy than I'm used to, and I learned that spicy food + sweet drink = even more burning, but the food was so delicious that I kept eating despite the heat :-).

Speaking of sweet drinks, I had some very fine orange juice while I was in Pittsburgh: