Wednesday, July 04, 2007
OM again. Last visit to Om South Indian Cuisine was a quick one, so Dad and I revisited when we had a chance the other night for dinner.
Right away some Indian chips appear at our table, light and crisp while we make up our minds on the rest of the meal.
Our delightful host, suggested Idli Sambar, which is a traditional South Indian dish made of steamed rice cakes with sambar and chutney. This was light and had a most fresh and soothing taste at the same time. Listed as an appetizer, I would order it a soup. This is definitely something to try.
We followed his suggestion of having Chicken Anjappa, which is fried boneless chicken cubes marinated in yogurt and spices. I asked him what turns the chicken red, and he told me the secret, the spice mixture garam masala.
He waxed eloquently about the Valandu Fish Curry, made with fresh pompfrey fish (an Indian fish) a menu item on their weekend only list. It was served whole, including the head, and was so moist and flavorful inside, a very tender white fleshed fish. The curry was on the outside, and an extra small bowl of it was provided on the side so each could adjust the amount of curry on the dish. It also came with a huge bowl of fragrant basmati rice.
Dad was enjoying himself so much, he didn't want to stop at the fish, and asked "What's for dessert?". Our host again recommended Semia Payasam, a traditional South Indian dessert that was described as a 'vermicelli pudding'.
Dipping into the Semia Payasam, there were raisins, tapioca and small lengths of vermicelli inside a milky pudding, topped with chopped pistacios. It was served hot, and we enjoyed trying the flavors.
We also had the Rasamalai, which is a cheese patty in rose flavored sweet cream sauce, topped with pistachio. The cheese tasted exceptionally fresh and tender, and it was cool as contrasted to the first dessert dish. If you like Indian food, don't miss this place!
Finally, I hope everyone has a happy 4th of July! Dad and I are going to enjoy a BBQ in Glen Ellen at Linda's house and then the Sonoma fireworks display. Happy 4th!