Kohinoor is where we’re headed
For our preferred Indian meal.
We’ll commence our feast soon after we’re seated
With some mango and onion chutneys and crispy, fried papadam.
My beverage of choice is always a frothy, sweet lassi
Which helps soothe the heat of my spice-filled curry.
We’re ordering our favorite thali tonight that the two of us will share,
Offered with all the finest from appetizers to dessert.
We begin with pakoras those fritter-prepared vegetables
Followed by savory, delectable somosas–
Flaky, fried pastry stuffed with potatoes and peas.
The perfect mixture of spices assails my senses with glee.
Next comes the chana dal presented with fluffy basmati rice
Served alongside the aloo gobi and the palak paneer.
A yogurt cucumber raita also helps cool our palates.
Our favorite breads accompanies all this,
The onion kulcha and naan are both divine.
To finish it all up, but not the least
Is the creamy, sweet rice dish called kheer; a tasty
Pudding made with cardamom, raisins and nuts.
Oh, a taste of India, my soul’s earthly delight!
Poetry Potluck: Food, Drink and Indulgence