Joey's dad is a spicy food junkie. It can never be too hot. He loves Indian food. The restaurant Joey's parents were taking us to (Bombay Palace) is one of their favorites.
And Joey's parents knew I was trying to adventure. They also knew that I love naan. And there was the sense of safety that only a buffet can provide. So Indian didn't seem like a bad idea.
Since it was a buffet, I got a bunch of different things. Some were awesome, some were fine, some were unbearably spicy.
Plate #1: (Starting at the bottom and moving clock-wise) White Rice, Egg Rice, Cabbage, Saag Spinach, Mutter Paneer. To the side, in bowls, are Yogurt and Kheer.
White Rice is White Rice. No judgement needed to be passed.
The Egg Rice had not only egg but also tomato and onion in it. But I ate it anyway! Major grown-up points awarded!
The Cabbage was pretty innocuous, and I already like Cabbage. It tasted mildly vinegary. Very yummy.
Ah, the Saag Spinach. Much spicier than I thought it would be. I had to mix it with a lot of rice to eat it. Even after diluting it, I left more than half of it on my plate. But two out of three ain't bad, am I right?
I thought the Mutter Paneer would be the spiciest, but it was much milder than the Saag Spinach. Still not a huge fan of peas, but I ate most of the sauce mixed with the Egg Rice.
Off to the side, I had dishes of yogurt (to put out any fires) and something called Kheer. Easily the best thing offered at the buffet. I loved it. It was like almond milk rice pudding with hints of cardamom and sugar.
Then I went back for Round Two.
Plate #2: More Egg Rice and a small helping of Chicken Tikka Masala
Chicken Tikka Masala. Doesn't that sound terrifying? Well, it actually wasn't. Aside from the fact that I'm still not a fan of chicken, the sauce was mild enough that I could eat it. And it was creamy enough that I didn't taste much tomato.
All in all, highly successful outing. I'm almost ready to head up to Devon and test my new-found ability to consume Indian food!
(One more adventure in Dixie! Check back tomorrow!)