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hey guys,i am new here i am starting a new thread here,
i am from india
there are many interesting kinds of dishes here.
just tell me onething wat do u think about indian food??
like calories,nutritional value and all that
visit www.nalapaaka.com for complete
indian cooking recipes,varying from region to region.
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post #2 of 23
hi kpow,

What region of India are you from. As i believe you can not generalize Indian cuisine from Ceylon to Kashmir with its herbs and spices and believes.

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Hello Kpow and welcome to Chef Talk. I'm interested in all Indian cooking, from north to south and all points between. I'm just beginning to educate my palate for the flavors. While we have a number of Indian restaurants here where I live, I often wonder whether the dishes have been modified for American tastes; or whether they're unusual, special occasion dishes that are rarely (if ever) served in Indian homes everyday.

Everyday, home cooking is more what I'm interested in learning about. I have the great good fortune to have access to excellent spices and an Indian grocery and spice store. Now I just have to learn! We're lucky to have a few members here from India; I hope to learn from you, too.

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Mezzaluna
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post #4 of 23
mezz,

the chef that I was staging under right now has been employed in wisconsin area. I don't have the name of the restaurant, but do visit there, it should be something what you are looking for.

Based on his recipes and my mom's combined, I did post a pictorial guide on one of the other forums that I lurk on. chole

There are atleast 2 others (one for tandoori chicken and other for vindaloo pork) also if you check out their EGCI section, there are atleast 2 threads on Indian breads. and atleast one on indian dishes.

These recipes are pretty much what we cook at home. Also, there's another huge site with *tons* of Indian home cooking recipes. I can't seem to get the link to come up right now.

However - for someone beginning, its a little hard to follow subjective instructions (I mean domain specific- please do not take offense as you might have a lot of experience in cooking and this is not a hit on you or any others) I actually took a page out of a guy who does chinese dishes in a pictorial guide.

hope you enjoy it and do give feedback, either here or there.
exams and all have made life miserable (not to mention job situation) I am planning to post my second one soon.
post #5 of 23
Thread Starter 

Thanq

thanks for replies,

i am from bangalore.first things first before knowing about indian cuisine

u guys should know something about india,india is like a big version of europe,in europe many countries r there with their own language,culture and ofcourse cuisine,in india we have different states with their own culture and languages,in india there are more than 25 official languages and states are there,with their own tradition and culture.

So just think how many types of food we been cooking from more than centuries.

ya i do belive indian bit spicy which does'nt get along with western people

So i suggest u should little homework before proceeding to indian food .

there are tons of good dishes u can find on a website(www.nalapaaka.com) I think this is spam coz i am kinda advertising this site.its not mine though,

If posting links are illegal i am sry....
visit www.nalapaaka.com for complete
indian cooking recipes,varying from region to region.
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indian cooking recipes,varying from region to region.
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post #6 of 23
We encourage links to other sites, if they are done in the spirit of helping to educate others. Downright spam is not tolerated, but yours was done in that spirit of helpfulness so thank you for the link. I will be sure to check it out.

Personally I love Indian food. I love the spices that are used and I love the spicy heat of many of the dishes. Unfortunately, most of my love of Indian cuisine comes from eating it, not cooking it. I have to admit that my knowledge of the cuisines there is very lacking, something I hope to someday remedy. Thank you for your posts and welcome to Chef Talk.
post #7 of 23
Mmmmm . . . Indian food! Yum! I am working on learning to make a few Indian dishes. Since we lost our Indian restaurant in our area, we have been having withdrawal! A new "global" restaurant is opening soon and I have my fingers crossed that they will serve some Indian dishes.
You can't beat the smell of Indian food. Makes me hungry just thinking about it!
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post #8 of 23
I love Indian food! In fact, I eat it at least twice a week!

Dosa, Naan, curries, coconut chutney and sambar... MMMM!
post #9 of 23
Liv4fud, the photos were excellent! Thank you so much for posting it. I'm an experienced home cook, but not at all with Indian cuisines. Thank you for the tutorial. :lips:
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post #10 of 23
mezzaluna,
you are welcome, sorry didn't get around to the thread in a while,
I would be making a short trip to India soon and hope to get some more recipes, and cooking techniques.

will post soon.
post #11 of 23

hi

hi,

Visit Asia, so you can learn the culture and traditions too.

chef kaiser
post #12 of 23
I am in love w/ southern indian cuisine from Mimbai(BomBay). I love dosa, all the vegi frankie(sp), and love the aromas and heat of the food. I am a vindalu guy all the way.
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post #13 of 23
actually the first 2 decades of my life were spent in Mumbai (Bombay) as I am from there...
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I am going back in November to meet some people I met while living in Holland. I have been to bangalore, but want to see much more of the country. The people are incridable,and I am in love w/ the culture...I work for the Jain family right now(and for the past 3 yrs), and also the Rahil Family..though they are s-ihk, not hindu.

Sorry for the tpoe o, I had ment to type Mum...but the u/i..well you see.;)
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post #15 of 23
Hii i am from india. me also start in indian food department plz tell more knowledge of indian dishes
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Hi kpow, I just like to cook and I'm just learning about cuisine in India. I enjoy spicy foods and while I haven't eaten a lot of India dishes, I've enjoyed the ones I have. Thanks for the link!
post #17 of 23

I love Indian curries, I usually make one a week. I promised my husband i would make one a week, but he is in hospital at the moment (been there since January 2nd) so put the cooking on hold as there is only me to eat it at the moment.  My favourite is Butter Chicken :)

post #18 of 23

Good grief.  Notice how kpow goes from making huge generalizations about "Indian food," to correctly pointing out that India is a continent with immense internal variation, and then right back to making huge generalizations.  

 

And please, kpow, if you're still reading, abandon stereotypes like "indian bit spicy which does'nt get along with western people." (I've been visiting India for 25 years, and one of my enduring frustrations is people believe I will drop dead if I eat a chili.)

 

But let me put my frustrations aside and try to add value!  Here are some good cooking sites, mainly South Indian.

 

http://www.jeyashriskitchen.com

 

http://www.rakskitchen.net

 

http://www.chefandherkitchen.com

 

http://www.sanjeevkapoor.com

 

http://www.monsoonspice.com

post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by Mezzaluna View Post

Hello Kpow and welcome to Chef Talk. I'm interested in all Indian cooking, from north to south and all points between. I'm just beginning to educate my palate for the flavors. While we have a number of Indian restaurants here where I live, I often wonder whether the dishes have been modified for American tastes; or whether they're unusual, special occasion dishes that are rarely (if ever) served in Indian homes everyday.


Everyday, home cooking is more what I'm interested in learning about. I have the great good fortune to have access to excellent spices and an Indian grocery and spice store. Now I just have to learn! We're lucky to have a few members here from India; I hope to learn from you, too.


Best regards,

Mezzaluna

Hi Mezzaluna,

The food remians fairly authentic back in the US AMand sometimes better due to the great quality spices export,

Said that, the food isnt a representation of India, india is too diverse and mostly north indian cuisine is available at restaurants, south would use coconuts, and so on..

Weve had portuguese and british influences & anglo french territoroes too,

So yeah its amazing , i personally love goan food as meat varieties are best here...
post #20 of 23

Hi all.  I love to cook and eat Indian cuisines.  Cookbooks I have found most helpful are "The Complete Book of Indian Cooking" by Premilla Lal and "Passionate Meals" by Ismail Merchant.  One thing which keeps me from cooking it more often are the often daunting ingredients lists, sometimes as long as your arm.  It's not that I don't have all the ingredients.  It's that sometimes I don't want to spend all afternoon chopping and prepping everything.  Lazy.   But when I do, the results are always fragrant and delicious.

Now I want to make a spicy curry for dinner tonight!

post #21 of 23

I like Indian food. My problem with it is cooking. I have to admit I resort to jarred (Pataks) sauces.

 

1st problem I have is the sheer number of ingredients needed and I would have add to my spice collection. 

 

When out to eat I like a spicy chicken Chettinad.

 

Which brings me to my 2nd problem. I'm a caregiver for an elderly relative.and she can't tolerate spicy.

 

So usually at home it's korma for her and vindaloo for me since both are available from jars.

 

If it were feasible to freeze the Chettinad sauce would consider the investment of time and ingredients to make a large batch.

 

I would like to make my own chicken chettinad with very little chicken and use a lot of vegetables instead.  

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1st problem I have is the sheer number of ingredients needed and I would have add to my spice collection. 

 

 

If it were feasible to freeze the Chettinad sauce would consider the investment of time and ingredients to make a large batch.

 

 

Go to a health food store to buy your spices because they usually have spices in bulk so that you can buy as much or as little as you need. Doing this keeps your spice collection from growing out of control, not to mention growing stale or old. It is entirely possible and feasible to make the sauce or gravy in a larger batch and then freeze it in portions.

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I get my spices from bulk jars at the health food store, so if I planned well I could assemble the ingredients. I'll have to get the stuff and plan on doing it on some rainy day when I'm stuck indoors anyway. 

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