Cook's Hideout: Restaurant Style Dinner at Home

August 17, 2006

Restaurant Style Dinner at Home

Tuesday, apart from being Indian Independence day, was also our wedding anniversary. I decided to cook a nice dinner (restaurant style…) at home. Going to an Indian restaurant in NJ (not sure of other places) is literally going to put a hole in your pocket. I know its our wedding anniversary and I shouldn’t be thinking about the check, but with the prices of entrees ranging from $9.95 and $12.95, we would have ended up spending almost $50 (including tip and taxes). That’s why I decided to cook at home and be sure that we are eating the food that we really like and also the way we like.

Here’s my menu for our Anniversary dinner:
Appetizer – Black Eyed Pea Samosa
Rice Dish – Vegetable Biryani
Curry – Paneer Kurma
Dessert – Chocolate cake w/ Hot chocolate sauce and Vanilla ice cream

It took about 2½ hours to put everything together. But it’s really worth every second of it. Here are the recipes for my Restaurant style dinner.

Black Eyed Pea Samosa: I used frozen samosa wrappers from Indian store and replaced traditional potato filling with black eyed peas. The end result was pretty good.

Ingredients (makes 6 samosas):
Black eyed peas – ¼ cup
Samosa wrappers – 6
Green chilies – 2
Chili powder – ½ tsp
Ginger garlic paste – ½ tsp
Lemon juice – 1tbsp
Mustard seeds – 2 tsp
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Curry leaves - 3
Salt – to taste

  • Soak the peas for one hour and pressure cook them till tender.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in pan, add mustard and jeera seeds and after they splutter, add ginger-garlic paste, curry leaves and green chilies. Sauté for 1 minute.
  • Add the cooked peas, chili powder salt and mix well. Mash some of the peas with the back of the spoon. Add little water if you think the mixture is too dry (but make sure it is not too watery).
  • Cook for 5 minutes on medium and remove from heat. Add lemon juice and let cool.
  • After the mixture is cool enough to handle, make the samosas as per package instructions and deep fry them in batches.
Serve hot with green chutney or ketchup.


  1. Hey happy anniversary Pavani-though belated! Im sure you had a good time, and apart from saving money, you had a better dinner at home! And cooking for your family on these special days is so much better :)

  2. Hi Pavani,
    You have a lovely blog there! Happy belated anniversary!

  3. Happy belated anniversary wishes Pavani.

  4. Hi Nanditha,
    Thank you and cooking for family at home definitely makes it special.

    Hi Faffer and Arjuna,
    Thank you for the wishes.

  5. Hi this is to know about ur blog from ur old friend vamshi...I am very much interested in trying out new he suggested me ur blog... Belated wedding anniversary wishes to you...and I must say it's worth visiting ur blog....keep posting.....bye


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