Just east of the dazzling Las Vegas strip is one of hubby’s and my favorite date spots. It’s one of those tiny, quiet, unassuming little places located in the middle of a neighborhood that has me clutch my pocketbook and cling to my honey’s arm just a little tighter (in my experience this is a recipe for a great place to eat). The outside is deceptively simple but every time we step through the door we are immediately transported to the exotic nation of India. As I enter I am drawn in by the impeccable decor, soft lighting, intoxicating smells, and absolutely flawless service from native waiters who are always willing to laugh at my attempt at their Indian language, and are often shocked by my request for the “hottest” level of food. While we order our stand-by favorites like Saag Paneer, Dal Makhani, and of course Chicken Tikka Masala, the servers are never slow to suggest more adventurous dishes and we take their suggestions whenever possible.
We love this restaurant and have enjoyed going there for many years. When I discovered a few months ago that gluten was the hidden cause of many health problems I had been experiencing, I made the decision (under Dr’s. advice) to join the ranks of the gluten-free. I already had one daughter who ate gluten-free so learning to cook that way was not much of an adjustment. We eat out very seldom as a family and I did not think that it would be too much of a sacrifice to give up fast food and restaurants all together. Until my anniversary came. Of course, I wanted to make a stop by our favorite little kid-free, Indian-food hideaway. I decided that the repercussions of the potential “glutening” that could come from eating at any restaurant was not worth the deliciousness of the meal. So we had a fun, food-free date and I have tried to put the idea of that delicious Indian food out of my mind. But if your cravings are anything like mine, you will understand when I say this craving soon became an obsession that I knew would not be tamed until I got me some Indian food!
When I got a basket with yet another cauliflower I decided it was time to pull out the curry. This is the resulting recipe. I will warn you, it is not traditional; it is not fancy, and it does not come anywhere close to the deliciousness of the food served in that restaurant. (wow- I should be in advertising with a plug like that). However it is a meatless meal that is tasty, easy to whip up, and satisfies my craving for Indian food (for now). Happy Cooking!
PS- don’t be afraid of the curry. This is a great introduction to the flavor and the heat is easily adjusted to your level of tolerance.