1.30.2009

comfort food at Delhi Darbar

The late afternoon was supposed to be productive. I had already made an ice cream I wanted to share with you, but I wasn't sure about the amounts I used. So I was making it again. And I did, except there is something wrong with the dasher that somehow didn't freeze in a -25C freezer, and I didn't really notice. The dasher was cold, but just not cold enough. I figured this out about 45 minutes into the whole thing, when I had also toasted sliced almonds and candied them with maple syrup. I was done. Finito. Completely done. No more patience, and nothing in the house seemed appealing at all. I thought maybe Jeff and I could go out for dinner, but he's really under the weather, and I am barely able to lift a limb from the couch. Exhaustion is setting in. Somehow I convinced him to find some Indian food, and that we should have take-out. The perfect winter comfort food; hearty, and spicy and just different, and not boring. I should probably mention that this is a tad bizarre... Jeff and I have never had take-out before, and I can only remember having it one other time within the last five years! So it is a little funny if Jeff is the sick one, and going out for take-out, when obviously there is now something wrong with me. Luckily we were both completely surprised. Delhi Darbar is only a short drive from our house, and it is the oddest of locations - in a hotel, but not one you'd really want to go to. I'm sure it's not bad, but somehow the area around it is a little seedy, and there's some pretty crazy wedding bashes there. So it was a little astonishing to know that there even was an Indian restaurant there, but soon became even more delightful when we found out that the food is really good too. I love chickpeas. A lot. And this dish was fantastic! One of the best chickpea dishes I've ever had; chana masala - chickpeas cooked with tomato garlic sauce and spices. chana masala The butter chicken had a lot of sauce, but was deliciously creamy. butter chicken The sauce of the allo gobhi was addictive, especially with the naan bread. It was also refreshing to enjoy cauliflower which was thankfully not mush. Allo Gobhi Naan with garlic and cilantro. garlic naan This comforting dinner came to about $50. Next time we'll need rice, but Jeff wasn't feeling well, so I guess he has a decent excuse (I'm spoiled rotten!) I am still very excited about Delhi Darbar, a delicious addition to the East end of town. A perfect haunt for those who live in Chestermere or Langdon and want to pick something up on the way home from work. Delhi Darbar Bay #1, 2742 - Glenmore Tr. SE Calgary, AB (by Glenmore Inn) (403) 720-6669

10 comments:

The Other Tiger said...

Channa masala is my very favorite Indian dish...so much so that I've only ordered something else at an Indian restaurant a handful of times in the last eight or so years! There's something about it that's really fortifying if you're tired and/or sick.

Julie said...

THIS LOOKS FANTAASTIC.
I am so making the pilgrimage! The chickpeas look just fab! And it always tastes better when you don't make it yourself.

VeggieGirl said...

I seriously make (and eat) Channa Masala about twice per week - I ADORE SPICY INDIAN FOOD!! :-D

HoneyB said...

This all looks so delicious! I so envy you! The only Indian restaurant we had closed. :(

Jessie said...

Oh yum! Looks great. I could eat naan 'til the cows come home.

+Jessie
a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) said...

That channa masala looks to die for!

I love Indian food...so spicy and delicious!

Gera @ SweetsFoods said...

Hi Gail!

The butter creamy chicken is absolutely mouthwatering....but where can I get these delicacies right now? ;)

I love spicy-scrumptious Indian food!!

Cheers!
Gera

ashley (sweetandnatural) said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog! Channa masala is my absolute favorite Indian dish. I need to learn how to make it at home b/c I'd eat it once a week for sure.

letitia said...

I followed the link from your flickr page; the photos are fantastic! And also it just so happens that you guys ordered exactly what we order when we do indian take-out in our 'hood.

Natasha said...

This channa masala is tempting. One of my favorite meals as a child was channa and aloo (chick peas and potatoes) in a thick, spicy, coconut curry sauce. I love channa!

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