"I don't like Indian food! You know I don't like curry." A couple of bad buffets and an aversion to curry powder had cemented this antipathy. Recently, however, she'd cooked a delicious stew for us--one she called Jumbo's Chicken, a recipe from a Sri Lankan tennis coach. The bird was braised in a spiced tomato-yogurt sauce, and it was most certainly a chicken curry.
"But it doesn't have any curry powder," she had protested. "And it's not Indian."
"No, but look at that list of spices. And Sri Lanka sits at India's doorstep. The cuisines overlap. You've made a curry, Mom."
I could tell she wasn't entirely convinced, so under the guise of popping over for lunch, I hoped to show her the variety and appeal of Indian cuisine. Takeout from Cardamom, the new Indian restaurant in the Courtyard Shops on Plymouth Road, seemed like the ideal ammunition for my mission. It's been open for less than six months, but Ann Arbor aficionados of Indian food have already embraced it, with lines on weeknights as well as weekends. My husband and I had endured the wait and found the food particularly tasty. Could Mom be persuaded?