Hello dear readers! It's been far too long since I've posted a Chowda Scout piece... Rest assured, I have been eating lots of great food in the state of RI! This latest dish is from my favorite Indian restaurant; RASOI. I chose to illustrate their Vegetarian Ayurvedic Thali. A thali is a traditional Indian meal served in a platter. It's usually a balanced sampling of nutrition, flavor, texture and color!
Tuesday- Thursday Rasoi offers thali's from different regions of India. It's a fun way to try little portions of a variety of dishes. I forgot to write down exactly what was in this one... but I think it included: a saag (or spinach dish), eggplant and potato curry, mushroom& pea curry, lentil dal and a mango rice pudding that was insanely delicious... Also with some basmati rice and fresh naan!
The thali was quite a challenge; the metal platter and dishes, drawing curries, puddings and lentil dal was even harder than I thought it would be... But I wanted to try to convey the bright colors, and delicious spices used in Indian cooking. On a technical note I've also been working on adding texture and layers of translucency to my work. I struggled with this piece for awhile but I'm pretty happy with where it's at now!
Anyways, I hope this piece makes you hungry for Indian food... In addition to having weeknight specials, Rasoi also has a delicious Brunch buffet on the weekends.