When we decided that we would launch the blog with celebrations as the theme, I knew immediately that I would share this recipe. It is one which reminds me of happy times, of friends and family squeezed around the kitchen table celebrating an achievement, a birthday, or just good company. It is a great recipe to cook when feeding the masses, and when served with Indian staples such as banana raiita, buttery naan bread, poppadums or cumin spiced cauliflower, the experience is all the more authentic.
Amongst family and friends, big Indian meals like this are fondly referred to as Indian Feasts. Often people will muck in, someone taking responsibility for shaping and cooking the naan bread, another for the poppadums, and others for the raiita. Soon the kitchen is filled with good company, the sound of happy voices and the heady scent of Indian spices.
This recipe is uncomplicated and easy to follow and produces a rich, tasty curry full of texture and flavour, made so by the addition of ground cashews and freshly made Garam Masala. Do not be tempted to cut corners by buying Garam Masala from the supermarket. Making your own will result in a curry with much rounder, more complex flavours.