National day lunch

It may surprise you to learn that India and Australia observe their national day on the same date.

Indians celebrate the nation’s Republic Day, which is a public holiday, on 26 January. It is the day when India’s constitution came into force in 1950, completing the country’s transition to becoming an independent republic.

Australia Day is also observed on that day. The traditional celebration is to drink a lot of beer and barbecue some lamb. It is the middle of summer and is usually hot across the country. Something light makes sense.

This menu has some barbecued lamb cutlets, served with kachumber, a spinach salad, and some raita and chapatis. For dessert, I suggest fresh fruit. I would also have some Indian lemonade on hand, as it will likely be hot.

The preparation is simple and can be done well in advance. Marinate the cutlets overnight. Prepare the salads (without dressing) and the bread mix in the morning, so all you need to do to serve is barbecue the lamb, cook the chapatis and dress the salads.

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