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2013-12-12 09:49:52 PM  

MylesHeartVodak: I still expect worse standards from Mexican or Thai, but at least they understand basic flavor profiles.


Indian food has some very complex flavour profiles. Most of the crappy takeout places use 4-6 mother sauces which are pretty similar except for colour and they they throw the meat in simmer for a couple of minutes and serve it. If a place has the same 5 dishes under Beef, Chicken, Fish and Lamb, you'll know that's what they're doing. Good Indian food will have the meat cooked with the spices before the sauce even develops.

And for really subtle Indian flavours try South Indian. Mostly veg or fish there are a whole world of different tastes.
 
2013-12-12 10:04:37 PM  
I eat vegetarian Indian food every night. Chapatis, rice, subgi and daal. My in laws are Gujarati, so they go through an INSANE amount of sugar. My favorites are pav bhagi (mashed mixed vegetables eaten on buttered rolls), undhiyu (whole vegetables and fried mustard-leaf balls), uttappam (vegetable pancake) and dosas. When we were in Jaipur, we ate jalebi in warm milk for breakfast (they look like mini funnelcakes in sugar syrup).

For anyone wanting to learn Indian/Indian inspired recipes, showmethecurry.com is a great source.
 
2013-12-12 10:05:13 PM  
This post is not a bookmark. Nope.

Loves me some Indian food. Anyone ever have Chicken 65? I've run into it in a couple of places in Dallas (which has quite a few Indian restaurants). It is DELICIOUS. It's sauteed chicken in a very spicy sauce. No clue what's in it, but it's so tasty. Also no idea why it's called "Chicken 65."
 
2013-12-12 10:12:27 PM  

Needlessly Complicated: This post is not a bookmark. Nope.

Loves me some Indian food. Anyone ever have Chicken 65? I've run into it in a couple of places in Dallas (which has quite a few Indian restaurants). It is DELICIOUS. It's sauteed chicken in a very spicy sauce. No clue what's in it, but it's so tasty. Also no idea why it's called "Chicken 65."


There are a few potential explanations for chicken 65: some people say you can get 65 pieces from the chicken, some say there are 65 spices in it. No one knows which is correct. I do know it's Indo-Chinese (did you know there are a ton of Chinese restaurants that cater to Indians??). We have a place in Atlanta where we always stop for chicken 65 and kulfi.
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2013-12-12 10:16:54 PM  

Nately's Whore: I eat vegetarian Indian food every night. Chapatis, rice, subgi and daal. My in laws are Gujarati, so they go through an INSANE amount of sugar. My favorites are pav bhagi (mashed mixed vegetables eaten on buttered rolls), undhiyu (whole vegetables and fried mustard-leaf balls), uttappam (vegetable pancake) and dosas. When we were in Jaipur, we ate jalebi in warm milk for breakfast (they look like mini funnelcakes in sugar syrup).

For anyone wanting to learn Indian/Indian inspired recipes, showmethecurry.com is a great source.


Thanks!
 
2013-12-12 11:08:48 PM  
East Indian food is the ONLY food I do not like! It's not the heat because I love hot/spicy food. I think it's the combo of spices?
 
2013-12-13 12:00:40 AM  
I did an indian buffet for a few years, and I still cook indian food at least three times a week. My stepbrother got hooked on curry in the service so i cook one for him every family holiday. I'll share a few recipes.

Homemade paneer: put a gallon of whole milk in a double boiler over high heat until the milk is steaming. Add one pint of buttermilk and the juice of one lime. Let it continue steeping until the curds are fully separated from the whey. Strain through a double layer of cheesecloth in a china cap. Let drip for at least twenty minutes. Retain a small amount of whey. Let cool. Spread out on a sheet pan in the cooler. Put it in the robot-coupe or food processor and let it spin for a bit, adding in JUST enough whey to make the consistency smooth if it's not already. I like to add some flavoring at this point. Roasted red bell peppers or roasted garlic or even cilantro (if you're into that kinda thing) into the coupe. Then, scoop the moist paneer out into some cheese cloth and wrap it up. Wrap that up in a few layers of towels and put it in a pan with another pan on top with something in it. Let that sit in the fridge for a few days.

I like to cut it into cubes, dredge the cubes in rye flour and deep fry them, then put them in a saag or in with chicken tikka.

Speaking of saag:

Roast some garlic in clarified butter. Cool it and put it in a blender with some raw garlic. Blend it up... wheeee! Dice some onions, the whites of green onions, celery, green bell peppers, poblanos, jalapenos, pretty much any green peppers you've got. Grate some ginger (peel it first, fer fark's sake). Sautee all of that up in the garlic ghee with some garam masala, tumeric, mustard seeds and salt. Cool it down, add some (unsweetened) yogurt, sour cream and fine-cut spinach (or just some of that frozen spinach). Bring it up to temp and drop in your paneer. Top it off with some cilantro and green onions, and maybe some kind of chaunk like fried chickpeas or fried onions or fried anything because fried foods are awesome.
 
2013-12-13 12:04:30 AM  
Navajo taco fry bread is the only Indian food I'll eat

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2013-12-13 12:52:54 AM  
I'm staying in a house full of people from India, and I'm the only non-Indian; it has been fun.  7 of us guys sleep on the floor on mats next to each other.  Last night they cooked a delicious Palak Paneer (spinach sauce with cheese), made rice and fried some papadom.  We all sat in a circle on the floor eating, with the pots sitting in the middle.  3 or 4 different languages were in use.  One of the guys ran off to bring me a spoon, but I told him to come back, that I would eat with my fingers like everyone else.  It's the first time I have eaten with my hands some rice soaked with sauce.  It was messy and a new experience, I liked it.
 
2013-12-13 01:40:05 AM  

TreeHugger: I'm staying in a house full of people from India, and I'm the only non-Indian; it has been fun.  7 of us guys sleep on the floor on mats next to each other.  Last night they cooked a delicious Palak Paneer (spinach sauce with cheese), made rice and fried some papadom.  We all sat in a circle on the floor eating, with the pots sitting in the middle.  3 or 4 different languages were in use.  One of the guys ran off to bring me a spoon, but I told him to come back, that I would eat with my fingers like everyone else.  It's the first time I have eaten with my hands some rice soaked with sauce.  It was messy and a new experience, I liked it.


Naan, roti or poppadoms really help with that sort of situation.
 
2013-12-13 02:13:33 AM  
This is not a bookmark.
 
2013-12-13 02:16:45 AM  
If you like Indian food, you like gross things. That is factual.
 
2013-12-13 08:05:17 AM  
There is nothing Indian about Curry powder.
 
2013-12-13 08:41:23 AM  
"Yeah! Where's the bloody vindaloo, HIPPIE??"
 
2013-12-13 08:43:44 AM  
Veggie Indian.  Dahi Poori, Masala Dosa, and Paneer Pakora.

YUM.

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Biv
2013-12-13 11:14:11 AM  
I have never eaten an Indian dish.  Ever.

Not opposed, just never been in a situation to do so.

Someone on my apartment floor makes the most wonderful smelling Indian food.
 
2013-12-13 11:28:09 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: MylesHeartVodak: I still expect worse standards from Mexican or Thai, but at least they understand basic flavor profiles.

That's not racist.


I didn't mean it that way.  It's simply been my experience looking at their certificate grades.  It's not unusual for a family owned ethnic spot to have a rating in the 60s or 70s and still be in business. 
A local place was shut down after having an open sewage pipe in the kitchen.  After 5 years of not making repairs.  It's a cultural issue about basic sanitation that is usually taken for granted in most modern nations, not a racial one.
 
2013-12-13 10:39:44 PM  

Needlessly Complicated: This post is not a bookmark. Nope.

Loves me some Indian food. Anyone ever have Chicken 65? I've run into it in a couple of places in Dallas (which has quite a few Indian restaurants). It is DELICIOUS. It's sauteed chicken in a very spicy sauce. No clue what's in it, but it's so tasty. Also no idea why it's called "Chicken 65."


Chicken 65 is Hakka cuisine, which is made by Chinese people living in India. Hakka tends to have deep fried meat in goopy, super-salty sauces - usually soy-sauce and cornstarch-based. I like it occasionally but it's really heavy and you need 3 gallons of water afterwards to dilute the sodium.
 
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