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Re:Favorite Indian Dishes 2010/08/29 17:23:29 (permalink)
Mango Lassi:

Purchase a good mango, and try to ripen it as best as you can. Cut off stem end and with cut slice rub the cut surface until froth appears. This is very toxic to eyes & skin, so be very careful to scrape it off and wash thoroughly. The stem end remaining in the fruit may also ooze some more of this gummy irritant. Caution.

Peel the fruit. Cut into cubes. Place in blender.

Buy a 28 oz can of ALPHONSO or KESAR mango pulp [about $3/can]. Use about a fourth or a third, or to taste per blender jar. Freeze rest in freezer bags.

Place pulp on fresh mango. Add some very good quality cold milk, enough to let blender blades spin and pulverize fruit + canned pulp. Add a little more. Whirl. Add high quality plain yoghurt, like Stonyfield, Brown Cow or better. Blend with ice to your taste. Adjust with more mango pulp for sweetness or mango flavor.

One glass in a restaurant costs >$3-4 plus tips!!

32 oz Brown Cow ==> $3.50
28 oz Mango Pulp ==> $3.00
1 mango,lg           ==>  $1.25
Milk @ 1Gal=$3-4 ==>  $2.00
Ice @10lb = $2    ===>$0.25

Say, $10 for at least 8-10 glasses
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Re:Favorite Indian Dishes 2010/08/30 03:55:41 (permalink)
A number of years ago, I had a business lunch at a very upscale Indian Restaurant in NYC. I had a curry dish and became very ill with food poisoning. To this day I get very ill with just the smell of curry. I can't even go into an Indian Restaurant.
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Re:Favorite Indian Dishes 2010/08/30 15:23:51 (permalink)
What has this comment to do with any of the discussions going on above? Hmm?  Except as a vehicle of prejudice? Can you learn that Indian food is NOT curry? That is what I have been trying to explain! Is there something called EUROPEAN food? The Indian subcontinent is geographically as large as WESTERN EUROPE minus Russia, and infinitely more varied in terms of culture & cuisine.

There are at least 3000 endogamous groups with perhaps half as many distinct CUISINES. Just as Chinese cuisine is NOT represented by the corner take-away, "Indian" cooking likewise is not represented at all well by restaurant cooking, high or low, here or anywhere else, including India. Do you judge American cuisines by Burger King? So what point exactly do you wish to make by your announcement? Another gentleman already has said similar with respect to his spouse.

I love Roadfood because it helps me to learn about things I do NOT KNOW, to eliminate BARRIERS between regions & PEOPLES, NOT REINFORCE THEM!!

I urge you to open your mind to possibilities of taste & goodness in humans that you may not have considered possible!

Let me suggest a recipe and take you on a learning adventure. The cooking of the Dakshinatya Vaidikas, my own community from West Bengal, use no hot flavors or heavy spices. Sweet is the predominant taste, except in dishes where fresh, stone-ground black mustard seed is employed. Fresh mustard oil too is used, but that is a pungency quite unlike any curry.

Scrub Idaho russets, & with skin on, cut into uniform small cubes. Heat GHEE [ or clarified butter as an alternative] but not to smoking, in a non-stick pan or wok. Drop in 1  measuring teaspoon of NIGELLA seed. Wait a few seconds while they release their aroma. Add potatoes, stir to coat and toss until lightly colored. Sprinkle with VERY VERY little water, flicking it with your fingers, and a tiny bit of salt. Cover tightly, reduce heat to low-medium. Gauge time according to your stove. Potatoes should be just tender when cover removed. Add a bit of sugar to taste, to give a hint of sweetness. Stir carefully to not break but dry out any moisture. DONE. Eat with fresh chapatis, hot whole wheat tortillas or hot whole wheat pita bread.

This is a most authentic dish. Let me emphasize, that i MY NATIVE CUISINE, the particular one I mentioned, from Bengal, whatever you think of or smell as "CURRY" simply does not exist! People from my part of the world are just as surprised as you when they encounter NYC "Indian". it makes us very upset to hear foolish & supercilious dismissals, just as English food suffers from a bad rap. It is a very refined cuisine of many parts & regions, needing skilled practitioners that many outsiders cannot meet. Likewise, the case with BOTH INDIA & AMERICA.

I came here first when I was 10. Ate sandwiches etc. from delis & was VERY VERY ILLAS A RESULT. I HAVE WORKED IN MANY RESTAURANTS as chef, THAI, CHINESE, CAUCASIAN, and am PERFECTLY AWARE of the standards of hygiene & food handling that prevail at most places, including supermarket meat slicers. [If you really knew & understood what you were talking about, I doubt you would be eating out all that much, ANYWHERE!!!!]

That did not make me condemn American food, but did make me WANT  to explore every bit of this wonderful country of ours & make EACH CULTURE MY VERY OWN.
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Re:Favorite Indian Dishes 2010/08/30 17:21:18 (permalink)
Your comment would have been okay had it not been for the prejudice comment.
post edited by mar52 - 2010/08/31 13:11:22
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Re:Favorite Indian Dishes 2010/08/30 19:23:05 (permalink)
Don't read into the description of his reaction to Food from the South Asia area. Skipping the possible predjudice built in, the fact remains some like it and some don't.
Leave it at that.
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Re:Favorite Indian Dishes 2010/12/13 02:33:59 (permalink)
One very interesting development in the larger cities of the US, e.g. NYC, Seattle, with  large Indian professional classes is the proliferation of lunch delivery services who send over "home style" meals to offices: i.e. food bearing no resemblance to restaurant cooking.
 
Home style cooking is often exceedingly modest in scope:
For example, a favorite lunch from Maharashtra is saadaa varan: simple boiled toor dal, split pigeon pea, Cajanus cajan, served with salt, ghee and fresh lime. Hot rice. Period.
 
For Tamil Brahmins, yoghurt rice means exactly that: slightly soft-cooked rice mashed a tiny bit with whole milk, and then mixed with yoghurt, some ginger and a hint of crushed roasted fenugreek seed,  eaten with something crunchy, like potato chips [here] or traditional crisps and a sour pickle. 
 
In Rajasthan, a favorite  lunch  is fresh, real buttermilk with freshly-ground pearl millet tortillas and a sour pickle.
 
This is how tens of millions of Indians actually eat. Few consume tandoori chicken and the weird sorts of food that is gradually becoming popular thanks to restaurants and food stalls, even  back in India. When I was young, people would rarely venture to eat food prepared on the street, and for excellent, sensible reasons: cleanliness & safety. Today, those cautions have been cast to the winds.
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Re:Favorite Indian Dishes 2011/01/11 06:13:25 (permalink)
me too like indian food
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Re:Favorite Indian Dishes 2011/02/20 07:33:18 (permalink)
@ammad,
If your State had just one more X, I should like to consider very seriously moving there
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Re:Favorite Indian Dishes 2011/02/20 13:00:08 (permalink)

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Re:Favorite Indian Dishes 2016/03/26 10:01:55 (permalink)
Sorry, I can's get past the smell.
 
And that which I have been socially compelled to sample has that vague metallic taste that turns me off to Eastern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine.
 
And it's not that I am a xenophobe; I can't abide most of that which "my" Scots call food either.
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RE: Favorite Indian Dishes 2016/04/03 07:25:38 (permalink)
I love Indian food. We have a Southern Indian restaurant here in the neighborhood which is within walking distance. That's a very good thing for me because my husband doesn't get either vegetarian or spicy food. Udipi Cafe used to be better years ago, and I noticed they are getting some scathing reviews on Yelp lately, although they still have four out of five stars overall rating.
 
The last time I was there about a year ago for their lunch buffet it was still good, but not up to my first experience over a decade ago. The lunch buffet still came with a paper masala dosa, but it had shrunk from the giant one I was served the first time I dined there with an Indian co-worker. I have tried to make dosa, and believe me, this is an item us Americans are better off buying. It was a lot of effort and time, and my results were thicker and not as crispy as this restaurant's dosa, even if they have gone down recently. Well made, paper dosa are beyond delicious. Mine, well not so much.
 
I also had a dish last time from the appetizer bar that I was told after going back for seconds and inquiring about it while settling my bill, was dal papri. Well, it wasn't. It was something like crispy fried flour tortilla mixed with onion and green cooked lentils and chopped iceburg lettuce that was dry enough that the crispy flour bits remained really crispy even on the buffet line.
 
I also love samosas and have made them at home. I use purchased phyllo dough and a recipe from "Joy of Cooking". These are wonderful, but I'm not even gonna try to roll out dough that thin! I buy some frozen boxed commercial samosas at an Indian grocer in the neighborhood, usually filled with spinach and paneer. They sell their homemade ones there, and they seem popular, but they store them behind the counter without benefit of refrigeration, so I pass.
 
The idlis with sambar are light and delicious from Udipi Cafe the last time I tasted them. The uttapam on offer was okay, but just plain. The first version I tasted inspired me to make a fusion cornmeal pancake that is topped with chopped onion, jalapeno, carrot and peas on the uncooked side as soon as the batter is poured out on the griddle and then flipped to cook the second side and the veggies. It has become a regular on my menu.
 
The papadums were crispy and delicious.
 
Hmm ... time to make a walk up to Udipi again and see what's going on with their lunch buffet. They are closed tomorrow, but we are fixing to get a break in the stormy weather, so this is definitely on my agenda soon.
 
 
 
 
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RE: Favorite Indian Dishes 2016/04/03 08:32:44 (permalink)
Love dosas. We had them last year in an Indian restaurant in lower Manhattan. They were gigantic and served with many different dipping sauces. They offered many styles of dosa.  What a great experience. You don't see them in most standard Indian restaurants. I believe it's Southern Indian food. Wish I remembered the restaurant's name. It was crowded and certainly amazing. And the menu featured a page of various dosas!!
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RE: Favorite Indian Dishes 2016/04/04 10:25:39 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby leethebard 2016/04/04 15:21:30
Closer to Brick, NJ, leethebard, there is a place in Elmwood Park, NJ (for those who don't know Northern New Jersey, about a century ago, Bergen County made it incredibly easy to form a new town; the result is that if you throw a rock in our area, it is likely to pass over 3-4 towns before it lands) called Bhoj, which has a Sunday buffet that includes masala dosas (they have a daily buffet, but they only put dosas on on Sundays.
For a few years, the International Food Warehouse in Lodi, NJ had a little Indian restaurant inside that had a decent selection of dosas. They had a restaurant in Hackensack that I never went to, but it was one of the several Indian restaurants on Main Street.
 
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RE: Favorite Indian Dishes 2016/04/04 15:21:57 (permalink)
Thanks for the tip.....
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RE: Favorite Indian Dishes 2016/07/03 14:09:23 (permalink)
Hi leethebard, if you are a true masochist, you will allow yourself the torture of going up the Parkway, 45-50 miles to Edison or Iselin!!  The chaos, absence of parking spaces on weekends, and the general mayhem will take you right back to India, if you have never been!  You might also enjoy yourself if you take all of that into your stride and go with the idea to have fun, and eat vegetarian food, grazing at the many joints you come across. Ask the people around you, as they have come to shop and fill up on their favorites. They all speak English, and all will be delighted to advise you, with dozens of varying opinions chiming in unasked, on which joint to visit, and what to taste.
 
India is as large as Western Europe and far more diverse! Even the "south Indian" food you like, dosas and such, have infinite regional variation, each specific to the community that cooks them. Think pizza in Rome, pizza in NY, Sicilian pizza, Chicago pizza, Greek pizza and the gamut of hot dog styles and toppings. All and none, are "typical" for some place, eh? So also with dosa, sambar, idli, etc. None of the USA offerings are AAA+, but still, will do!  Nor are the sweets really AAA+, but will do. Go while the mango season is still on!
 
 
 
 
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RE: Favorite Indian Dishes 2016/07/03 14:24:10 (permalink)
Re; Cary, NC
 
There are a couple of home-based caterers that I can personally vouch for. I can send you a second phone number later if you wish but here is one I have used and love, real home-cooked North Indian cuisine. Very reasonable prices, clean, meticulous. You order and pick up from her apartment. Her name is Jyoti, she is a homemaker, mother, and this is her vocation. 919-610-3615. She makes superb chapatis, whole wheat; in bulk these can be frozen, and warmed up when needed. 
 
I don't know if south Indian is her specialty. My friend lives in Cary. He is from a southern state in India and is all up to date on where to eat in the Cary-Morrisville area. All World Markets, owner Pankaj and Mayur, are sort of OK folks, once you firmly punch through the unfriendly ablation heat shield!!!  Reasonably good prices on a whole host of Indian groceries. Watch for the sales of red lentils, mung dal,  broken cashew nuts, ripe mangoes by the box, etc. 
 
Regarding dosa, etc. I shall get back to you. 
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RE: Favorite Indian Dishes 2016/07/05 22:06:51 (permalink)
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Hi leethebard, if you are a true masochist, you will allow yourself the torture of going up the Parkway, 45-50 miles to Edison or Iselin!!  The chaos, absence of parking spaces on weekends, and the general mayhem will take you right back to India, if you have never been!  You might also enjoy yourself if you take all of that into your stride and go with the idea to have fun, and eat vegetarian food, grazing at the many joints you come across. Ask the people around you, as they have come to shop and fill up on their favorites. They all speak English, and all will be delighted to advise you, with dozens of varying opinions chiming in unasked, on which joint to visit, and what to taste.
 
India is as large as Western Europe and far more diverse! Even the "south Indian" food you like, dosas and such, have infinite regional variation, each specific to the community that cooks them. Think pizza in Rome, pizza in NY, Sicilian pizza, Chicago pizza, Greek pizza and the gamut of hot dog styles and toppings. All and none, are "typical" for some place, eh? So also with dosa, sambar, idli, etc. None of the USA offerings are AAA+, but still, will do!  Nor are the sweets really AAA+, but will do. Go while the mango season is still on!
 
 
 
 


Hey man, thanks for the info....I got to take a ride up the turnpike and get over that way!!!!
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RE: Favorite Indian Dishes 2016/07/06 10:29:19 (permalink)
I had some marvelous Indian food while I was in Riga, Latvia this past semester.  There's a restaurant there called Singh's which serves delicious (and cheap) "business lunches" Monday-Friday, with a choice of vegetarian or chicken entrees that changes each day.  They are served with naan, rice, and another accompaniment like a samosa or vegetable roll, as well as small, peppery papadums.  Their main menu is terrific, too.  I took a friend there my last night in Riga, and we loved the chicken biryani and the vegetable pakora.
 
The decor is simple on the ground floor; more ornate upstairs, and sitting there means a mandatory 10% service charge.  
http://www.singhs.lv/
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RE: Favorite Indian Dishes 2016/07/13 13:22:52 (permalink)
Found this guide for TC/Mpls:
 
http://www.citypages.com/restaurants/top-10-indian-restaurants-in-the-twin-cities-6612462
 
Don't know how accurate the reviews and ratings are but there is a method to divining what ethnic group own/runs the place, and hence ask to be served the foods that reflect more directly their own cooking styles. They will be pleased that you took the care to "understand" their individual origins, generally buried under a diffuse pan-Indian identity which is highly resented at the same time it is made to work FOR them!! Ironic, but that is how the naans crumble!
 
10. Jewel of India
 
9. Gorkha Palace
 
 Gorkhali [west-central Nepal], Nepali/Newari
8. Biryani Cuisine of India
 
Bangladeshi
 
7. Chindian Cafe
 
 
6. Tandoor
 
 5. Namaste Café
 
Nepali
4. India Palace
3. Bombay Bistro
 
 
2. Dancing Ganesha
 
1. Gandhi Mahal
 
Bangladeshi
 
 
 
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