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Title: Indian/SE Asian Christmas dinner menu
Post by: Dragonflymom on September 24, 2013, 05:01:50 PM
My husband and I host the family Christmas dinner every year and do different themes for it.  One year was Mexican, one was a seafood boil, one was medieval Ottoman, one was Silk Road with yakburgers.  This year we are doing Indian and SE Asian.  My husband also deep fries a turkey each year.  My brother especially is really excited as this is his favorite food.

We expect somewhere between 12-15 people.

We'll have 2 diabetics, one lactose intolerant person, one severe cinnamon allergy (so no garam masala :( ), and a walnut allergy to work around.

I've got a tentative menu sort of figured out, as long as all the recipes I'm testing turn out ok, but am wondering if this looks like enough food for the number of people, and looks well balanced to accommodate dietary issues.

Here's my rough menu idea:
Deep fried turkey  (because hubby would be sad if he can't fry a turkey out back  ;D ) with chutneys and peanut sauce to serve with it
Mixed vegetable and potato curry in coconut milk (already tested this one and it passes)
Indonesian black rice pudding with coconut milk (already tested and approved)
Indian chickpea flour bread with green chilis (need to test)
Indonesian pickled vegetables (need to test)
Thai rice with bananas, mung beans, and coconut milk (testing tonight - is this coconut overkill?)
Indian scallops with ajowan seeds (need to test)
Carrot salad with chili paste (need to test but looks super easy)
Indian green bean salad  (need to test)
Mom will probably bring cookies
Title: Re: Indian/SE Asian Christmas dinner menu
Post by: Oh Joy on September 24, 2013, 05:09:55 PM
So many yummy flavors!

How about some plain naan and a bowl of sliced cucumbers to freshen the palate, along with some fennel candy?

Title: Re: Indian/SE Asian Christmas dinner menu
Post by: Katana_Geldar on September 24, 2013, 05:48:03 PM
I'd suggest some dairy free raita too which helps with hot curries.
Title: Re: Indian/SE Asian Christmas dinner menu
Post by: Bluenomi on September 24, 2013, 06:43:02 PM
Make sure you have plenty of naan and plain rice on hand to soak up all the yummy sauces.
Title: Re: Indian/SE Asian Christmas dinner menu
Post by: Katana_Geldar on September 24, 2013, 07:08:24 PM
Roti is not that hard to make Ian's it can be done in advance, just warm it up and make sure you scorch it a little.
Title: Re: Indian/SE Asian Christmas dinner menu
Post by: cwm on September 25, 2013, 10:58:46 AM
I agree with the naan and rice.

Personally, I'd consider anything with coconuts to be overkill because short of German Chocolate Cake frosting, I detest coconuts. But everyone has their own tastes, and if your family likes coconut, go for it!

Also, may I just say, I love your idea of a new theme every year. It sounds like a lot of fun!
Title: Re: Indian/SE Asian Christmas dinner menu
Post by: christmascarol on September 26, 2013, 01:36:30 AM
It's a good job we'll be having MIL's Christmas goose, which I drool about for a whole year in anticipation.  Because otherwise I would be crying at not having an invite to your meal.  It sounds fantastic!  Can I ask if you got the recipes anywhere in particular?  Have a wounderful time!
Title: Re: Indian/SE Asian Christmas dinner menu
Post by: Dragonflymom on September 30, 2013, 09:59:47 AM
Thanks everybody!  Lots of great ideas!  :)

I got some of the recipes from here http://www.amazon.com/Silk-Road-Cooking-Vegetarian-Journey/dp/1933823402

Some from here http://www.amazon.com/Meena-Pathaks-Complete-Indian-Cooking/dp/1847731597

And some from here http://www.amazon.com/Madhur-Jaffreys-World-Vegetarian-Cooking/dp/0394748670

The black rice pudding from here http://www.belindo.com/indonesia/indonesian-recipes/desserts-and-sweets/bubur-ketan-hitam/194
Title: Re: Indian/SE Asian Christmas dinner menu
Post by: White Lotus on October 01, 2013, 02:44:22 PM
Would you please put some tofu (bake cubes until crisp or buy aburage (pre-fried) tofu -- be sure the rinse the latter well in not water before cubic) in the curry?  Your veg friends will appreciate the protein.  This is a lovely menu and so very veg friendly,  I am grateful!  Might want some raw veg and papadams, and use the two turkey sauces as dips as well as for the turkey, just for fun.  Sounds delicious!
Title: Re: Indian/SE Asian Christmas dinner menu
Post by: christmascarol on October 02, 2013, 03:51:41 AM
Thankyou so much for the links.  Much appreciated :-) 
Title: Re: Indian/SE Asian Christmas dinner menu
Post by: Miss Unleaded on October 02, 2013, 05:20:46 AM
So many yummy flavors!

How about some plain naan and a bowl of sliced cucumbers to freshen the palate, along with some fennel candy?

This is my favourite naan recipe ever:  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/naan/

Soft, tasty and so easy.  Just swap out the milk for lactose free milk or almond milk. 

I agree that your party sounds wonderful! 
Title: Re: Indian/SE Asian Christmas dinner menu
Post by: wyliefool on October 11, 2013, 07:27:22 AM
Can I come?? Pleeeeease???  ;D
Title: Re: Indian/SE Asian Christmas dinner menu
Post by: rm247 on November 25, 2013, 04:22:15 PM
The only change i'd make is to add a meat based curry. Just in case either the Turkey doesn't cook or, it doesn't go with the rest of the dishes served. Something relatively simple and mild like a Passanda or Kurma
Title: Re: Indian/SE Asian Christmas dinner menu
Post by: sweetonsno on November 27, 2013, 11:45:19 PM
I recommend finding an Asian-style brine for the turkey.

You probably have enough food, and it looks like you'll have plenty of options. Will you have extra chili (in sauce or powder form) to pass at the table for the guests who really like it hot?

While I don't think it's coconut overkill, I do suggest a starch that is bland. Plain rice? Plain roti? Just something to absorb the flavors of the sauces without having its own flavor.
Title: Re: Indian/SE Asian Christmas dinner menu
Post by: Dragonflymom on December 22, 2013, 07:30:00 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions!  :)

A friend is making plain naan for the party :)

And I've decided to go with a more mild, non-coconut rice with mint.

I'm decided to add an egg curry (I'm vegetarian) so there will be something pretty substantial if there's a turkey disaster.

I've decided the scallops looked a little too finicky to do the day of, so I'm doing a tamarind and chili shrimp salad the day before that's pretty easy and painless.

Adding an asparagus curry that uses the same spice paste as the egg curry so that will be easy.

And instead of trying to make black rice pudding along with the curries on Christmas morning, I decided to do coconut tapioca pudding and Indian carrot pudding the day before to make things easier.

Changed the other salads to papaya salad at my mom's request, and ginger/cabbage salad at a friend's request :)

I think we are set!  :)
Title: Re: Indian/SE Asian Christmas dinner menu
Post by: Dragonflymom on December 22, 2013, 07:31:10 PM
We'll also have sri racha and a couple other types of Asian sauces for the turkey.  And I think the coconut gravy from the curries would work with the turkey too.
Title: Re: Indian/SE Asian Christmas dinner menu
Post by: Dragonflymom on December 22, 2013, 07:32:27 PM
Starting the pickled veggies tonight :)
Title: Re: Indian/SE Asian Christmas dinner menu
Post by: Dragonflymom on December 22, 2013, 07:37:06 PM
I found this recipe for the pickled veggies http://battleofthebanhmi.com/how-to-make-banh-mi/pickling/pickling-daikon-and-carrots/

And this one for the coconut pudding http://www.thaikitchen.com/Recipes/Desserts/Thai-Tapioca-Pudding.aspx  (but cooking it with pandan leaves, star anise, and ginger to make it a little more flavorful)

Title: Re: Indian/SE Asian Christmas dinner menu
Post by: Nikko-chan on December 22, 2013, 09:35:38 PM
That all sounds lovely. I am getting full just thinking about it!
Title: Re: Indian/SE Asian Christmas dinner menu
Post by: Hmmmmm on December 31, 2013, 03:24:38 PM
How did your meal turn out?
Title: Re: Indian/SE Asian Christmas dinner menu
Post by: Dragonflymom on January 03, 2014, 12:08:44 AM
It went pretty well, thanks :)  Not everybody liked everything, but everybody seemed to find a fair amount that they liked.  :)

I may scale back on making so many dishes to accommodate everybody's issues next year though, as we wound up with an awful lot of leftovers.
Title: Re: Indian/SE Asian Christmas dinner menu
Post by: gmatoy on January 12, 2014, 02:44:38 PM
So, how did it go? What was everyone's favorite? And please let us know next year what you are planning! ;)
Title: Re: Indian/SE Asian Christmas dinner menu
Post by: Dragonflymom on January 13, 2014, 05:50:03 PM
I think it went pretty well, thanks :)

Judging by what was leftover, I think the favorite dishes were the deep fried turkey, the Burmese ginger salad, and the Indonesian shrimp salad  :)  The coconut tapioca was much more popular than the carrot pudding, but it was probably good to have a backup as we had two guests who really hate coconut desserts.  *LOL*

We're talking about maybe doing a mix of Central Asian and Chinese next year  :)
Title: Re: Indian/SE Asian Christmas dinner menu
Post by: gmatoy on January 15, 2014, 09:53:49 PM
If I book early, I should be able to afford the plane fare...Oops, almost invited myself :-[...I hope you know that you set the bar pretty high for anyone to ever take it over from you!