A New Love Affair…With Indian Food

What rock have I been sitting under for all 26 years of my life? Seriously, why have I never tried Indian food????

I think I’m in LOVE!


Last night after the HLS sessions officially ended, a group of us met up and headed to the Chicago Curry House for a late dinner.


I was so glad that Gina decided to organize such a great dinner! Thanks, Gina! 😀 We had a group of about 20 or so people, and I was very much relieved to find out that I was not the only “Indian Food Virgin” at the table. 😉 I’d heard before that Indian food can definitely have a little “kick” to it, so I’m not going to lie, I was a little nervous! 😯


To start the night off, Gina, Paige & I split a bottle of Riesling.


It was fantastically delicious.


Then the table was given some pappadum & some dipping sauces to start.


I have no idea what each of them was called, but I do know that the green one was spicy, the brown-ish colored ones were sweet (my fave) and the other was apparently super salty, which I did not try.


The group decided to order a few of the dishes “family-style” to share, but others were also welcomed to order their own entrees. Since, I had some new horizons to explore here, I decided to dabble in a little bit of both. :)

A few veggie appetizers to start:


I tried a piece of fried cheese, along with a dumpling of sorts, which Sana explained were filled with potatoes and peas.


The dumpling was a little too spicy for me, so Sana gladly took care of finishing it for me. 😉


The table also ordered an Channa Masala (phenomenal),


a baigan bhartha (spicy, but totally yummy),


some white rice,


naan, and roti.


One thing that I knew I could take away so far from this meal? Naan should be a food group all of its own. HOLY YUM-O!! This stuff is flippin’ fantastic!

And since I wanted to try as many new things as possible, I also decided to split an entree off the menu with Kristi. Again, with the help of Sana & Gina, they recommended I try the Butter Chicken…


…and my love for Indian food grew deeper.

The chicken in this dish was very tender, almost shredded. But I think even more than that, I loved how much extra sauce there was to be able to dip my naan in. The sauce was thick and creamy, with a delicious tomato & buttery flavor. It was a bit spicy at times, but luckily the extra naan helped to cool things down a bit. 😉

Paige, Sana, Me, Gina, & Kristi


At the end of our dinner, a big bag full of treats magically appeared, courtesy of Lin! She had made some of her delicious Vegan brownies to share with us. How sweet is she?!? I think we all immediately dug into our treats…apparently I’m not the only one with a sweet tooth after dinner? 😉


One of my first missions when I get home: FIND A DELICIOUS, LOCAL INDIAN RESTAURANT!!

*To my locals: Do any of you happen to know of a good one nearby??? 😀


  1. Judy says

    It totally looks yumm-o! :)
    Oh btw Courtney, you totally rock every outfit you appear in!
    Haha I want in on the secret! 😀

  2. Jen says

    Indian restaurant recommendation for you!! Try Karavalli in Latham. Here is their website – The nan is AMAZING of course :) I recommend the Chicken Makmura (Roasted chicken, raisins, bay leaf, cashew sauce) It is not at all spicy and plenty of sauce for nan :) They have a couple other locations as well. http://www.karavallilatham.com/

    I have been to Zaika in Clifton Park – food is very good but service was quite bad. Stick with Karavalli!

  3. Danielle says

    I somehow stumbled upon your blog and I’m not sure where you live exactly but Shalimar – goshalimar.com is in Delmar & Clifton Park. They have an AMAZING lunch buffet everyday so I would highly recommend doing that it’s about $8 per person and such great food. Would be ideal since you are a semi Indian food virgin.

  4. Sara says

    I just stumbled across your blog and apparently I have good timing. I lived in Albany for 3 years for law school, now I’m north of Albany up near Saratoga. There’s an indian place right in albany, on the corner of Madison and Lark St. I can’t think of the name but they have a lunch buffet, they have it on weekends too I think, and its great! Its a good way to try.a bunch of different foods.

    I’m glad I found your blog, I love reading local healthy living bloggers!

  5. gina (fitnessista) says

    hey girl! thanks again for indian feasting with us… and for coming to see our creepy ghost room! hahaha
    i had so much fun hanging out this weekend. it was so great to finally meet you! hope to see you again sometime soon <3


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