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    Beginner Indian recipes?

    Wed Sep 05, 2012 1:29 pm Groupie
    Hello! I got this question on Facebook and thought I would go straight to the experts! icon_biggrin.gif

    "I'd like to learn how to make indian cuisine.. do I need to take a course or just jump right in ? I am confused by all the different spices and uses.... I don't like garlic -is there another spice I can use instead of ?"

    Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:47 pm
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    I found "5 Spices, 59 Dishes": by Ruta Kahate to be a really helpful introduction to Indian cooking. She focuses just on a five main spices, which makes the process much less daunting. There is a great intro with detailed information on commonly used ingredients with pictures. I have looked at other cookbooks too, many of which I like, but this one I think is the least intimidating intro to Indian cooking.

    I've posted a few of the recipes, so have others
    Chickpea Curry With Fresh Dill (Rasa Walla Kabuli Chana)
    Corn With Mustard Seeds
    Black-Eyed Peas in a Spicy Goan Curry
    Railway Potatoes
    Anglo-Indian Beef (Or Lamb) Stir-Fry

    Hope this helps!
    Stella Mae
    Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:58 am Groupie
    I really like any of Madhur Jaffrey's recipes. They're easy and delicious. Once I discovered her chutney recipe, I make it every year for Thanksgiving.

    Cranberry Chutney
    Sun Sep 23, 2012 8:46 am Groupie
    Some people use "hing" instead of garlic. It is often found at Indian spice stores in small plastic containers. It is usually in a powered form. Traditionally, a lot of people in India did not (and still do not) use onion or garlic. If you want to start making Indian food, I would start with some of the northern Indian recipes, which use spices that you are probably more familiar with like ground coriander and ground cumin. Later, you might want to try southern Indian food which uses a lot of spices that are unusual.
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