Sequencing the Indian meal – The entrée
It is worth pointing out, that the main course which we often refer to loosely as the protein may or may not be a protein based entree on the Indian table. Sure, if it a meat based Indian meal, or even when looking at other non-plant options such as eggs or fish you certainly do have your protein bases covered.
The vegetarian Indian table can certainly feature a tofu or paneer dish, but it is just as likely to feature a vegetable dish, that is considered the entree, think Baigan Bhartha, delicate and nuanced puree with smokey char roasted eggplants. The tricky thing here also is that Indian food is served family style, the concept of the entree being determined here based on the complexity of the entree rather than the timing of service.
If the meal is formal, this category usually includes two dishes a saucy one, essentially something with a lot of gravy that we call a curry ( and this may or may not contain curry powder), and a something that is drier in consistency. This can be something like a kebab, some possible choices for an entree might be today’s Tomato Fish Curry in Pickle Spices (Fish Achari)