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For dd's birthday masquerade party, I think I'm going with indian food. Not authentic probably. Slow Cooker Butter Chicken Recipe - Allrecipes.com I keep hearing about Butter Chicken, and this looks good enough to me. What would you serve with it for sides? This will be the main course, about 14 people. Appetizers the first hour will be cheese/meat tray, grapes, cookies, that kind of thing. 

 

I was assuming I'd do the butter chicken and the pita bread to wipe up sauce. Do people really eat rice with it? Any simple way that is tolerably good? I don't even eat white rice, and I don't combine starch and protein like that, so it's foreign to me. I wanted some kind of vegetable as well. And are there small sides that sort of fit with the decadent indian theme? Easy to make? :)

 

Do they eat some kind of cucumber salad? Green beans?

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You can serve it with Naan bread (yes, you can substitute with Pita bread if you want), roti, pilaf or plain white basmati rice as sides. There are a lot of indian vegetable stir fries as side dishes - cauliflower, carrots, green beans etc. Pick one that is easy for you to make. The common accompaniment to spicy Indian dishes is a cucumber+yoghurt salad called raita. It is an easy dish to make and the recipe varies a lot depending on which website you look at.

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What a coincident. We are having butter chicken for dinner tonight.  :drool: This is one of our favorite meal. I usually serve it with basmati rice, naan, cilantro, and cashew nuts. It is really good with mango chutney or cucumber salad. As an appetizer, I'd recommend samosa. If you have Trader Joe near by, you can buy mango chutney and samosa. 

 

Good luck and happy birthday to your dd. 

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Agree with mathnerd.  One option would be Aloo Gobi.  Ever watch "Bend it Like Beckham?"  The director and aunties cook it as an extra on the DVD. 

 

And definitely do the Riata.  

 

 (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/212882/aloo-gobi-masala-cauliflower-and-potato-curry/?internalSource=hub%20recipe&referringContentType=search%20results&clickId=cardslot%204)

 

Samosas are a typical app if you want to include the Indian flavors early in the meal, and you can find them premade in the frozen section of Trader Joes if you have one near them. 

 

 

 

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Baguette is what we eat it with if you don't need to stick to theme. My aunt just put in baby potatoes into the butter chicken curry as well so enough starch for us. Basmati rice or roti prata is what we eat it with if we go to an Indian cafe.

 

While Trader Joe's samosas are nice and bite size, we have an India Cash and Carry supermarket near enough to buy warm samosas from there.

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At home, we have naan and basmati with it.  Sometimes, if I have a lot of leftover sauce (and not so much chicken), I'll mix in some small, boiled potatoes.

 

If we were at our favorite Indian place, we'd eat samosas & onion chutney.

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Samosas are a good as appetizers if a little spice kick in the appetizers is OK for your crowd - they are available frozen in Trader Joes and Costco. Or, buy them at your local Indian grocers (they will take pre-orders if you want to order many).

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Yes, basmati rice is an important side! We always order saag paneer (spinach in a creamy sauce with paneer cheese cubes), aloo gobi (cauliflower and potatoes in a tomato sauce with some green peas). And naan. Naaaaaaaaaaaan.

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Yes, basmati rice is an important side! We always order saag paneer (spinach in a creamy sauce with paneer cheese cubes), aloo gobi (cauliflower and potatoes in a tomato sauce with some green peas). And naan. Naaaaaaaaaaaan.

 

Mmmmm.  

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Yes, basmati rice is an important side! We always order saag paneer (spinach in a creamy sauce with paneer cheese cubes), aloo gobi (cauliflower and potatoes in a tomato sauce with some green peas). And naan. Naaaaaaaaaaaan.

 

Or Chapatis!~  I grew up with chaptis (thinner than Naan and from the South end of India) and they have just started selling ready to fry/bake/pan seer chapatis at Costco!  I am in HEAVEN!

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Thank you ladies!! I love your idea to make the Raina and buttered chicken myself and buy the rest! Yes, we can hit TJs. Might be able to find an Indian market, will have to look.

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Should the rice be plain or spiced?

Usually it is olain. Maybe a very odd pea, to make it not plain. The sauce is already spicy.

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Should the rice be plain or spiced?

Mostly plain. Our favorite place drizzled some kind of tumeric sauce on top and sprinkled it with golden raisins and toasted almond slivers and cilantro.

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I don't know which grocery store you use, but I personally liked Trader Joe's mango chutney over other store bought ones. 

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Or Chapatis!~  I grew up with chaptis (thinner than Naan and from the South end of India) and they have just started selling ready to fry/bake/pan seer chapatis at Costco!  I am in HEAVEN!

 

Are they frozen? Or are they sold in a bag in the bakery like the naan?  Do tell! 

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Are they frozen? Or are they sold in a bag in the bakery like the naan?  Do tell! 

 Umsami I think the brand is Roti land and yes in the freezer,if you want to google it.

Most Indian stores have it as well.

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Plain rice or plain pulav (pilaf) is definitely eaten with curries. Any type of flatbread (chapati / roti / naan/ pita) would also be a great choice. If you have an Indian restaurant nearby, you could order a tray of vegetable fritters (pakodas) to serve as appetizers. It would come with two types of chutneys. There are different types of raitas that you could serve with a spicy curry. Although cucumber is common, so is a tomato and onion raita. A plain dal (made with yellow lentils) would also be a good side dish. There are lots of dal recipes on the web.

For vegetables, a potato dish is pretty common.

http://www.archanaskitchen.com/sukhi-aloo-sabzi-indian-spiced-potatoes

You dont need to have all the spices mentioned in the recipe.

Hope your dd has a great birthday party!

 

 

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Last time I made it I made veggie korma to go with it. For a dinner party, I'd do one crockpot of butter chicken, one of veggie korma, rice, a salad, and naan.

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I would make jeera (cumin) rice (cook basmati rice with salt and water, heat oil and temper cumin seeds and add to the rice), plain yogurt, grated cucumber, grated carrots, thinly sliced white onions (make your own raita).  

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I'm pretty sure I couldn't eat butter chicken without basmati.  :drool5:   I have a green curry waiting to go into the instant pot at the moment and I think you're inspiring to go do my chopping!

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