Skip to comments.Vanity - Want to try Indian food for the first time
Posted on 10/13/2012 6:57:52 PM PDT by MarkL
I'm looking for some advice on trying Indian (like Raj Kuthrapali Indian, not "come to our casinos" Indian) food for the first time.
Try some Chicken Tikka Masala, and some naan bread. Its safe, not too spicy, and very tasty. If you like super hot stuff, try any of the Vindaloo dishes..
I love indian food myself.. I have to drive an hour into Vegas for it but its worth it :)
i love indian food...dont listen to the posters calling it crap and telling u to get a cheesburger..their closed minds give conservatives a bad name....
You should have gotten extra mild. Generally, I do, with only a little extra spice added.
Rogan Josh is our favorite, served with the puffy puri flat bread and creamy cucumber riata as a condiment. Delish.
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As the others said, Tandoori is quite good. You can get it with chicken, or shrimp, or lamb. Also, Channa Masla or Mattar Paneer are both good. Try to get a buffet, so you can sample a little of each dish and find out what you would like. Also, don’t be afraid to ask the staff for suggestions.
By and large, most Indian buffets I have eaten have had the same basic offerings that I sample:
tandori chicken (similar to a smoked or barbecued chicken, red in color, not too spicy).
chicken masala (cubed chicken in a brown gravy). Can be put over rice.
Often the rice is lightly spiced/seasoned with powders and maybe some leaves.
There is some spinach dish with cheese cubes in it. I don’t eat the cubes although I suspect that the spinach has a bit of a cheese sauce to it.
Sometimes I find a lamb/goat dish also in a brown gravy (different from the chicken masala).
Sometimes there are some vegetable dishes (with beans of different types). I’ve also seen pan seared vegetables (sometimes also served with chicken).
And there is nan bread and usually a rice pudding (that can help clean the palette).
However, I have been to another Indian buffet that must reflect another region. I almost didn’t recognize the names or taste of any of the dishes. They had nan but they also had 4 other types of bread (including one that was more like a soft turnover with sweet potato or something inside).
This was an all vegetarian buffet. There was a soup that tasted like a beef stew (and it had potatoes in it) but there was no meat (or tofu). It was really unusual and some of the tastes were so unfamiliar that I couldn’t describe them or even conclude if I liked them or not (they didn’t make me pale or reject the foods, they were just odd). I did find enough to eat.
Judging by this chap's expression, that looks spicy.
I know western Europeans who won't touch Greek because it's short on pasta, or German because ... I guess because their anticedents weren't German.
With the exception of one Indian restaurant I visited (very briefly) in London, the staff will likely steer you to the gringo friendly specialties and heat ranges. When you have those under control they'll help you branch out.
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I’ve grown to love Indian food, since my brother married into an Indian family. I hope you’re not on a low-fat diet! Mango lassi is delicious. Helps cut the heat of the spicy food. Kind of like a mango milkshake, but made with yogurt. Most of the food is made with chickpeas, lentils, potatoes, peas, etc., if it’s vegetarian. Anything with paneer is good. Naan is wonderful. I buy the Trader Joe’s frozen naan, and use it for pizza crust. For dessert, Indians usually have some sort of paneer floating in a milky, sweet liquid with slivered pistachios or almonds. Usually flavored with rose water. Another classic is gulab jamon...paneer balls that are fried and soaked in syrup. They usually have some pretty interesting flavors of ice cream too. Sometimes, they make some no-bake sweets out of milk powder, ghee(clarified butter), sugar, ground nuts, coconut and sweet spices. These usually are cut into shapes or have various bright colors.
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I’ve traveled all over the world with my pilot husband. My favorite restaurant is an Indian one in New Zealand. We’d never had Indian before. We were in that place about once a week and became the novelty of a delivery customer. “Do you deliver?” “Ummm, yeah, ok.” We loved all of it, and our preschool daughter loved the mango lassi and the naan with nuts, honey, butter and spices. I’ve got an Indian restaurant practically across the street here in Las Vegas, run by Indians. Meh. Hard to know where to start to tell you what to try, but easy to say- stay away from the Vindaloo because it’s not for light weights, and a lager is definitely required. It’s the only thing that will kill a Vindaloo! (Had to get the Red Dwarf reference in.) A tikka is usually a good place to start. Gobi Aloo and Paneer are also amazingly good usually, considering their the main ingredients are things I’d normally pass on. I hope your restaurant is a good one.
It’s a buffet. Try it all and note what each item is, and which you like.
Murg Saag is probably the best thing you’ll ever eat.
Have the paratha bread (sp?), it’s like a fluffy pita and totally delicious.
Oh my gosh, we used to get the best Indian food in NYC down on like 6th street and second avenue.
There was one place we went to, no matter how many people we had and how much or little we’d order, we’d always have food for one more person.
I love indian food, but I haven’t had it for years because hubby and kid don’t like it.
You’ve inspired me, I’m going to go get me some indian food soonest!
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I’ve actually seen a couple of posts around that Indians are supporting Romney big time. So maybe if our friend eats in an Indian restaurant, the owner will send more $$$ to our candidates!
If it exists...
...there is a Red Dwarf of it!
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