The other evening some friends and I were invited to a really special dinner party by Neeta, who I had met through Transition Town Totnes. She and her partner have recently moved to the area and are interested in setting up a pop up restaurant which I thought was a fantastic idea. We were her dry-run before she launches the Totnes Thali club in June. What a feast!!!
The Menu for Neeta and Trevor’s Taste of India Dinner:
1) – Thandai, with almond milk, rose water, spices and alphonso mango iced cubes
2) – Bhel Puri Chaat, Indian street food
3) – Green Bell Pepper and Besan Sabji with Ragi (Millet) Roti
4) – Sai Bhaji, spinach, dill and fenugreek curry with laccha paratha
5) – Potatoes and black chickpea curry with Puris
6) – Aromatice Rice with Kerala Egg Curry
7) – Rava Dosa with Sambhar and Cauliflower Poriyal
8) – Pomegranate Raita
9) – Gajar Halwa, spiced carrot pudding
10) – Banana and Mango cardamom Ice Cream
As each element came out we tasted and swooned over the variety of subtle, familiar and new flavours. Neeta told us about street food and the origins of the different dishes. She made everything dairy-free to accomodate myself and Laura’s dairy intolerance and Trevor and Neeta were both wonderful and attentive, generous and gracious hosts. We all left feeling very spoilt!
Neeta is also keen to explore ways to make authentic and delicious Indian food with local ingredients and an emphasis on seasonality which I always think is a wonderful exploration and challenge.
The plan is for Neeta and Trevor to host bi-monthly pop ups with different Indian food themes – if you live in Totnes or South Devon I highly recommend you go!