Lost on the Prairie Returns…Destination: Coteau des Prairies Lodge

The Nasello family will once again be getting Lost on the Prairie this weekend, and our destination is a new gem among North Dakota’s offerings. We’re traveling south toward Havana, ND to spend the night at the Coteau des Prairies Lodge, owned by the Breker family. .

We’ve heard so many good things about the lodge since it opened in October, 2012, and can’t wait to get there and see it for ourselves. The lodge is built on land that has been in the Breker family for generations, and we are eager to learn more about its history. We promise to take tons of photos and share our findings with you here on the blog.

The lodge has already become known for hosting some fabulous dinner events out there on the prairie, and we hope to be able to attend one some day soon. Many of them have featured prairie-inspired themes, like Pitchfork Steak Fondue, Winter Beef Dinner, or a wine and food pairing event focused on North Dakota wines.

But next weekend, on Saturday, March 15, the lodge will be embracing an international atmosphere by hosting a fabulous-sounding night of authentic Asian Indian Cuisine, featuring the cuisine of Urvasi Mulasi. Right out there on that gorgeous prairie. I love it.

I’ve learned that space is still available for reservations and asked Phillip Breker, one of the owners, if I could share some information with our readers here at Home with The Lost Italian. Even though we’re in the food business ourselves, Tony and I love to support others’ creative and unique food events, especially when they’re out on the prairie.

I’ve posted this information below, which includes all of the details you’ll need to make your reservations. Take some time to get lost on the prairie next weekend – It sounds like a wonderful evening!

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“Urvashi’s Kitchen and Coteau des Prairies Lodge present an evening of gourmet foods and tales of Indian culture featuring Urvashi Mulasi. Join us on a fun Indian dining adventure on Saturday, March 15th!

Do you enjoy great Indian food? Maybe you’ve never had it, but you love to try new things. Either way, this event is for you! Not only will you enjoy amazingly flavorful Indian food, you will have the opportunity to learn about the dishes prepared for you. Urvashi will explain each dish as it is served and talk about the fresh ingredients and spices used as well as why she loves the food from her native homeland.

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Appetizer

Mixed Beans Salad (Mishrit Salāda)

A blend of garbanzo, red kidney, and black beans sautéed in olive oil with garlic, onions, and cumin seeds. Served with fresh spring lettuce and flavored with red wine vinegar, black pepper, and lime.

Lentil Soup (Moong Ke Dhal)

Split mung beans cooked in turmeric, coriander powder, and ginger. Seasoned with clarified butter, cumin seeds, garlic, and asafoetida. Garnished with fresh chives and Parmesan cheese.

Entrée

Chicken Curry (Murg Masala)

Chicken stewed in onion and tomato sauce with ginger, garlic, fresh herbs, and traditional Indian spices including turmeric, coriander, cinnamon, cloves, and black cardamom. Garnished with fresh cilantro leaves and served hot with aromatic Basmati Rice.

Cauliflower with Red Potatoes (Aalu Gobhee)

Cauliflower sautéed in mustard oil, red potatoes, fresh curry leaves, and whole coriander seeds. Flavored with turmeric and red chili powder. Garnished with dried fenugreek leaves.

Dessert

Cream of Wheat (Sooji Ka Halwa)

Cream of wheat sautéed in clarified butter and fresh cardamom pods. Contains mixed nuts including almonds, cashews, walnuts, and raisins. Garnished with coconut powder.

Freshly brewed Chai Tea (Masala Chai)

Gourmet Darjeeling and Assam teas brewed with 2% milk and flavored with fresh ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Urvashi MulasiUrvashi Mulasi is the owner of Urvashi’s Kitchen, an Asian Indian catering business in Saint Paul, MN. Urvashi has spent most of her life in India, but recently she moved to Minnesota. Urvashi is a Registered Dietitian with an MS in Nutrition and she is currently pursuing her PhD in Nutrition at the University of Minnesota.

Urvashi’s love for cooking grew out of her childhood experiences in the kitchens of her grandmother and mother who both loved to cook. Urvashi uses only simple and nutritious ingredients, just the way she learned cooking in India. She even brings her favorite fresh whole spices back from India when she visits family. Urvashi says much of the Indian food available in America is too greasy, processed and spicy and her desire is to prepare only authentic foods that are fresh, flavorful and nutritious…the way they should be.

The event is on Saturday, March 15th at Coteau des Prairies Lodge. Everyone is welcome, but space is limited and meals are available by reservation only. The price is $40 per person. Water and coffee will be provided. Sodas and alcoholic beverages will be sold at the bar. Doors open at 4pm, guests are welcome to come early, tour the lodge and enjoy refreshments served at the bar. When you arrive at the lodge, sign your party in with our hostess. Guests will be seated for the meal promptly at 6pm.

For reservations, call 701-680-1175

Because we have limited space available, we kindly request advanced notice if you must cancel your reservation or reduce your party size so we can make room for other guests. Thank you.”

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