I had to pull this old thread back out & reply, since I didn't do it when it was new.
I was going to write up a few more, but then I realized they're all from Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking cookbook. This is a great book for those learning how to cook Indian (it was mu first!). Her dry potatoes and spiced pork chops are great.
I've been enjoying Indian food more lately (I just cooked it for dinner tonight), and have to agree with the others that Madhur Jaffrey's book is the only one I've ever used.
My family's favorite dinner is:
Minced meat with peas (Kheema matar) - we use lamb
Cauliflower with fennel and mustard seeds (Baghari phool gobi)
Red split lentils with cumin seeds (Masoor dal)
Spicy cucumber wedges (Kheere ke tukray)
Onion relish (Pyaz ka laccha)
all served with some basmati rice. They like some naan too, if we have it, but I typically don't make it (wheat), and it's usually too much trouble to go buy some.
I have been making papadums (gluten-free) with dinner lately, and my wife made a big batch of apricot chutney some time ago that we're still working on, so we'll typically have both of those as well.
Indian food nights tend to be a bit feasty around here
Other favorites are:
Chicken in a red sweet pepper sauce
(Lal masale wali murghi)
Cabbage with peas
(Bund gobi aur matar)
Dry Okra is a big favorite -- my family (wife & I plus 7 & 4 year olds) can eat two pounds of Dry Okra (plus meat, dal & rice) at one sitting.
Tonight we tried:
Bombay-style chicken with red lentils
(Murghi aur masoor dal)
It's a nice stew-style dish that would be very good on a cold winter night. It wasn't bad on a cool fall night either.
What are your favorites?