It is my ongoing effort to continue this legacy.
And though we enjoyed our fair share of restaurant food it was always punctuated with conversations where my parents would often comment on how this "style of rich cooking" is alright once in a while but should never become a norm of everyday home cooking in the best interests of ones health.
And so it is that this philosophy of home cooking with honest ingredients with a purity and simplicity at its heart, has been hammered into my head like a peg in a hole.
On the flip side, this pride has also led to the belief that if you're going to fix something at home it must be the best or don't bother and hence there are some things I don't attempt to fix at home - sushi and dim sum for me fall in this category because I fear that the results will be mediocre at best.
Fortunately, Navratan Korma does not fall in this category. This medley of vegetables and spices in a rich creamy sauce is delightful party or occasional delight. Fantastic when it makes an appearance now and then at our dinner table, it is consumed with as much gusto as a soon to disappear wicked treat!
It also happens to be a dish I have received numerous email requests for - so here it is, Navratan Korma, restaurant style at home!