Indian Food Dinner Date

I’m a bit of a World Market freak. If you follow me on Instagram you already know this… but I LOVE World Market.

All of the colors, textures, furniture… oh, and the food. The food! To be honest, I always set out with a budget in mind and want to splurge a little on decor- which kind of goes south when my hubby got into the food aisles. He lived outside of London for a few years growing up and developed a massive taste for Indian food while there- he LOVES all of the curries, rices and chickpea dishes he finds.

So when we heard that the Life of Pi was coming out soon, we knew we had to team up some of World Market’s Indian decor and food for a little dinner date.

Life of Pi is the story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper’s son, who survives a disaster at sea and is thrown into an epic journey. While adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with another a fearsome Bengal tiger. The movie opens in theaters November 21, 2012. You can watch the trailer for Life of Pi here.


First off, I set my table. We have a small butcher block kitchen island that my hubby and I end up eating at most nights. While it isn’t the most romantic, it is the most practical because we can pop a movie in for the kiddos, set them up with some toys and watch them from the kitchen while also kind of relaxing in our own little world.

It is a little boring eating in there though, so to spice it up for our Indian food feast, I thought it would be great to dress up our drab little table with some bright colors, shiny metals and beautiful indian patterns.

I started off by laying down a roll of handmade wrapping paper across the table for a fun and funky pattern. I know that sounds odd- wrapping paper as a table runner? But it is genius! A roll is under $5, and it is so ornate, thick and sturdy, it looks fabulous on a table.

Next, I layed down a maroon scarf over the paper in the middle of the table where our serving dishes would be (you might remember my recent Santa Fe inspired dinner date where I layered scarves as a table cloth- I love to find items that aren’t traditionally table decor because they are so fun- and you can totally use them again in a different way. I’m kind of thrifty like that ;).)

I added a GORGEOUS square brass embossed charger to the middle of the table, and added an ornate dish, silverware and plates.

I then finished off the place settings with beautiful bright blue napkins that I embellished with gold beaded bracelets and some blue glasses.

For our meal, we had korma curry chicken and lentils with leeks, Naan, Sambar rice, chickpeas, and some mango gin fizzes. Since I have been having some tummy issues lately I mostly stuck to a sweet citrus ginger Thai noodle bowl.

To make the curry, we added:

1 lb diced chicken

1 small onion, 1 leek sliced

1 bottle Korma Curry

First, sautee your onion and leek in a tablespoon of olive oil or butter until translucent, reserve.

Sautee chicken until almost cooked, add onion and leeks back to pan, add curry sauce. Cover and simmer on low for about 20 minutes until chicken is fully cooked.


To complement our chicken curry, we had to have some amazing sides- and thankfully World Market’s gourmet section had plenty to chose from. We grabbed some delicious sides that were so easy- we just heated up them up and plated them. How awesome is that? And they were SO good.

We paired our curry with:

Dal Palak 

Sambar Rice

Garlic Naan (quick tip: pop in the oven at 350 degrees for about 7 minutes for soft, warm and fresh tasting Naan that works well as a foldable bowl for your curry!)

To cool down from all of the curry and spices, we needed a great drink to cool our pallates that had enough interesting flavors to stand up to our aggressive meal.

I decided to take the Mango Juice I found in the beverage section of World Market and team it with some gin and diet tonic to make a Mango Gin fizz.

I didn’t really stick to a recipe as I make most of my drinks to taste- but to make your own, I suggest pouring 5 oz mango juice and 1-2 ounces of Gin into a martini shaker with four ice cubes, shake vigorously and pour.

Add 2-3 ounces of tonic or soda water to your drink for some bubbles, and enjoy!

For more information about World Market and their products (and how you can make a fun, gorgeous and easy dinner date yourself), please connect with World Market’s sites below:

And to get more excited about The Life of Pi, World Market is throwing an amazing Life of Pi sweepstakes!

Grand Prize package includes: a dream trip for 2 to India and a $1,000 World Market Gift card. There will also be 3 runner up prize winners that will each receive a $500 World Market gift card!

The Life of Pi Sweepstakes runs from 11/17 – 12/28.

If you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via FB share or email) you can receive 5 additional bonus entries. This is part of the registration process when entering. Users can also enter daily for more chances to win.

If you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via FB share or email) you can receive 5 additional bonus entries. This is part of the registration process when entering. Users can also enter daily for more chances to win.

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