I missed my super special friend's birthday, because I was off leading a yoga retreat... A valid reason, but still! I had to make up for it! So I invited Jane and her family over for a big South Indian Birthday Feast. Jane is the pal I went to India with together last year, and so I recreated some of our favorite foodie finds from the trip.
Kittee for her awesome yet-to-be published recipe - it's worth waiting for, I promise!) - so, uttapams are like a dosa, but they are thicker and full of cooked in yumminess. This one is sort of a classic: tomatoes, shallots & cilantro. So good. You cook 'em veggie side up...
Garlicky Spinach Dal... the recipe straight from our favorite spinach dal spot in Pune... As delicious as it is green!
Because this was such a special fun occasion, I even busted out my most prized "National Integration Party Tissues," one of my most favorite souveniers from our trip. The box features friendly drawings of Indian people of all different religions and persuasions. It's so cute.