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SREDROSE Posts: 59
12/30/09 11:12 P

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I've tried some, but not a lot. His mom sent some food home with me on Thanksgiving, but a lot of her homemade food is much too spicy for me. I need a good bit more bread/water to tame the spice than he does. He's used to it, having grown up on it.

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12/30/09 11:09 P

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You are welcome so i guess he must be having varied taste in food have you tried making south indian food for him as food from that area is very tasty i particularly dosas and idlies with sambhar from that area.have you treid them.

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SREDROSE Posts: 59
12/30/09 11:03 P

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Well, he was born and raised in New York, but his parents are transplants. His (vegetarian) mom grew up in a little town in South India, and his (not vegetarian) dad was born and raised in Mumbai. I'm not really sure which style she uses predominantly with her cooking. But thanks so much for the recipe!

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12/30/09 10:57 P

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Sarah , i have found one recipe of chole bhature which i generally use myself and its very close to north indian(Punjabi)only taste. i guess your guy belong to this area and chikan tikka i dont know much as i am a vegetarian so dont know what is the authentic recipe.

http://chatkhor.blogspot.com/2008/05/cha
cha-ke-amritsari-chole-bhature.html

Regarding india spices i have also heard from friends there that you get spices whole lot cheaper than other stores maybe store in your area is charging more....

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12/29/09 6:13 P

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SREDROSE Posts: 59
12/29/09 12:36 A

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Well, they ARE the only one in town, and they import most of their inventory from India, Pakistan or Britain. I can only guess that they're so expensive because of the shipping rates.

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12/29/09 12:31 A

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I am amazed to hear your Indian store's spices cost more than health foods store!!! Most places it's vice versa. Well, whatever works I suppose.

Wishing you a very happy, healthy and bright New year!

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SREDROSE Posts: 59
12/29/09 12:26 A

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I've been to the only local Indian grocery, and I can't afford their rates for spices. They have a comparable selection to the health food stores, but much higher prices.

I do still pop over there for things I can't find at other stores, like certain candies that are unavailable elsewhere. Oh, and henna. I buy my really good quality henna for skin and hair online, but my "practice doodle" henna is the $3 box or $1 cones from the store.

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12/29/09 12:21 A

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My suggestion would be to go to an Indian grocery store...you'll go bonkers at all the spice choices:o)

Good Luck!

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SREDROSE Posts: 59
12/28/09 10:19 P

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Seems a lot of recipes are like that. His mom uses a lot of whole spices - green cardamom pods, cloves of allspice, peppercorns, cinnamon sticks, etc. I'm sure that makes a lot of difference in the flavors. Most of the spices I have are ground. I'm going to have to make a trip to the health food store to get some fresh whole ones.

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12/28/09 8:37 P

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That sounds fair when you are in love...thank you for explaining considering how it is really none of my biz. As always, I am nosey!!!!

With Indian cooking, even if you have the same recipe, using spices (ingredients) of various brands can also make a dish taste different. Most Indian recipes say a pinch of this about a tbsp of that and "about" is different for everyone. Now you know why the same butter chicken or chicken tikka masala can taste so different......based on one's hand.

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SREDROSE Posts: 59
12/28/09 2:59 P

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He's hardly a "spoilt brat." In fact, he does things for me very often, without being asked. I don't have to cook for him; I choose to, because I want to learn, and I learn best by doing. In addition, he doesn't know how to cook because he never learned. His mother shooed him out of the kitchen. While he can feed himself, he doesn't know any of the traditional recipes. Also, cooking holds little interest for him, while it's something I am eager to learn.

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12/28/09 11:48 A

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Just curious, why do You have to cook for him, a favorite picky eater's dish? Why doesn't he prepare it and feed you?

Sounds like a traditional spoilt brat.....

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SREDROSE Posts: 59
12/28/09 12:39 A

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Google is precisely what I did. Came up with two understandable channa bhatura recipes (many were so badly translated that I couldn't understand them) and five chicken tikka recipes. He's a notoriously picky eater when it comes to his favorites. Give him any old pasta with sauce, he won't care, but Heaven help you if the chicken tikka isn't perfect, lol. He did promise he's be reasonable with me, since I'm not experienced with those recipes yet, and agreed to taste test some recipes until I found the perfect one.

I'd get a recipe from his mom, but she's one of those "when it looks right" cooks and doesn't have a written recipe. My grandma was the same way - I learned how to make deviled eggs from her and even when I make them now I couldn't tell you how much mayonnaise or paprika to add. It's just "when it looks right."

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12/27/09 10:44 P

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Good Luck with your weight loss Sarah. Between your vegetarian diet and belly dancing, you should be able to reach your goal and we are all here to help if you need any help with cooking Indian veggie foods or even others. There are videos depicting the how to's of common north Indian foods like chicken tikka masala and chana bhatura. The following is a popular link

www.videojug.com


but, there are many others if you google.


www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=h
p&
q=how+to+make+chicken+tikka+masala+vR>ideo&aq=0&oq=how+to+make+chicken+tik
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+masala&aqi=g5


Even youtube is quite full of recipes.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsiE1eze2iU

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SREDROSE Posts: 59
12/27/09 9:56 P

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I've just started. I'm marrying into an Indian family, and the food is pretty new to me. Even being vegetarian, my knowledge of Indian dishes is limited to the ones I can buy in the frozen section, but my fiance's favorite foods are chicken tikka masala and channa bhatura, so I'm going to have to learn soon.

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12/27/09 9:17 P

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Welcome to the team Sarah... its really good that you want to learn cooking... are you starting or have you already started with it. if you have any particular question you can anytime ask it over here so just hop on the board feel free to help others as well as seek help from anyone ....

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SREDROSE Posts: 59
12/27/09 7:42 P

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Hi, all! My name is Sarah. I'm 24 and I live in Florida. I am recently engaged, and we're planning the wedding for next November. I have a preschool-age son with cerebral palsy and a miniature dachshund with a severe clownish streak. I'm vegetarian and only recently starting to get into cooking. I can make anything from a box, but I want to learn to really cook. I enjoy reading, needlepoint, and bellydance. I have 28 pounds to lose in total, but I'm breaking that up into 7-pound increments to make it more manageable.

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