Indian – Dani Valent
Entertaining with Dani Valent Indian chapter

Entertaining with Dani ValentIndian

I used to write travel guides for Lonely Planet and my most exciting, challenging, eye-opening, enlivening job was a three-month stint in India. I visited temples and palaces, I counted bed bugs in cheap guesthouses, I rattled my bones on two-day train journeys.

Of course, I also ate. Indian food varies a lot from place to place and I’ve tried to reflect a few regional dishes here. What is consistent is the humble vibrancy of this food and the flavours coaxed from simple ingredients with time-honoured techniques.

Entertaining with Dani Valent Music playlistIndian music mix

Indian music is as vibrant and varied as the cuisine. I’ve collected some tabla (hand drum) tunes, classical flute music, perky Bollywood rhythms and some very insistent Indian pop-rock. Let me know what you think!

My friend Sam plays in Fine Blue Thread, a contemporary Melbourne trio with a multicultural outlook. Sam has devoted himself to the tabla and spends much time in India learning from masters.  They’re great, and the music makes a lovely backdrop to your Indian feast.

Entertaining with Dani Valent styling ideasStyling tips

Colourful textiles are all you need and a mix of coloured napkins will do the job. I love the rusty red, earthy tones we used for the book and I’ve collected a few ideas on a Pinterest board.

If you want to remember your Indian feast for a while, you could consider some henna hand decorations (available in all Indian grocers), and there’s a fun activity here to bling up your bangles, Indian-style.

Dani Valent Cooking site recipesIngredient tips & more recipes

When making the Pappadums look for these lentils. (Urad dal is a black lentil but it’s white on the inside; you want the dehusked, white version.)

I’ve got a super simple Emergency Lentil Soup right here on the site, available to all my lovely subscribers. It’s a 20-minute dinner winner, or you could serve it as an entree with your Indian menu.

Not sure about subscribing? Here are all the recipes subscribers have access to and here’s what they say about the site.

The Barbecue chapter of the Entertaining book includes Vadouvan Spiced Mini Rolls – the vadouvan is a fragrant French-style curry powder. I always have a batch on hand, and use it in the lentil soup.

Dani Valent Cooking instagram images #ewdvReaders’ pics

I love to see your Entertaining pics. Tag everything #ewdv so I can find it and share it.

[instagram-feed type=hashtag hashtag="#ewdv" num=2 cols=2 showcaption=false]


Dani Valent Cooking. Entertaining. Brunch


Dani Valent Cooking. Entertaining. CHINESE


Dani Valent Cooking. Entertaining. SPANISH


Dani Valent Cooking. Entertaining. PARTY


Dani Valent Cooking. Entertaining. LADIES


Dani Valent Cooking. Entertaining. PLAN AHEAD


Dani Valent Cooking. Entertaining. INDIAN


Dani Valent Cooking. Entertaining. A BIT CHEFFY


Dani Valent Cooking. Entertaining. MEXICAN


Dani Valent Cooking. Entertaining. ROMANTIC



Dani Valent Cooking. Entertaining. BARBECUE


Dani Valent Cooking. Entertaining. BRING THE KIDS
© Dani Valent 2023