Rave Reviews: Chicken Curry with Chopped Cashews

23Jun08

Because a certain someone decided a certain day was certainly not the right day, I made the requested chicken curry not for him and I but for me and you. I realize you can’t eat it or smell it, but don’t worry. I ate your half as well. And it was quite delicious.

The cashews used in the recipe gave the curry a really great texture and flavor. I used Greek yogurt instead of the whole milk yogurt it asked for to give the curry a bit more body and a richer, creamier texture. You can also add some coconut milk (or use it as a complete substitute for yogurt). Great basic recipe for curry and something you can easily make during the week.

Right around the corner of my apartment, there is a trio of Indian restaurants crammed into one building. While all three are completely separate restaurants (2 upstairs and 1 downstairs), they all share the same love for tacky decor and shameless promotion.

If you’re walking on 1st Ave. near 6th street, it’s hard to miss the cluster of neon signs and Christmas lights. Each of them has their own “doorman” who stand in front of their respective door and attempt to lure you into their restaurant. You’d think that after all this time they would have figured out a better way to share the foot traffic rather than yell at everyone who has a glimmer of curiosity/interest/a beating heart. But these men in their pressed suits and bodyguard-like demeanor stand true to their employer and proud of their techni-colored window displays and high voltage consumption just like suburban dads competing for the best Christmas light decorations.

This is the inside of one of the restaurants, Panna II Garden Indian Restaurant. Their slogan reads, “Where the Christmas lights meet the chili pepper lights.” Apparently you can enjoy a “light show” during your meal, meaning lots of lights flicked on and off and incredible Indian techno music.

According to Yelp reviews, the food is decent if not really good, but it’s their BYOB policy (at least at Panna II, not sure about the other ones), low prices, and fun atmosphere that draws a crowd to any of these three competing restaurants. Although it looks like Panna II is winning in this restaurant war.

So if a certain anyone wants to accompany me and a certainly large jug of wine to an Indian fest/rave/magical light show in one, I’m so there.

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3 Responses to “Rave Reviews: Chicken Curry with Chopped Cashews”

  1. 1 smelly

    do I know that certain someone? It sounds like someone I know!!!

  2. Hi, we came here when i did an fast yahoo search. Neat site you got here! Keep it up!


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