Any Indian food recipes submitted herewith have been gleaned from the website: "Your Guide to Indian Food" Indian Recipes. I am a beginner in the art of Indian food preparation and found it most interesting to read the helpful information on this website. I would like to pass it on to you; who knows? you may learn something new.
Building an Indian Menu for Beginners
For beginners, eating an Indian meal might be somewhat of problem let alone cooking a balanced Indian meal. Indian food is designed to be eaten with the group. Unlike western food, Indian food cannot be eaten or served without a combination. Thus, even though you like that curried vegetable or chutney, try not to eat it by itself. Combine it with rice or Indian bread or with other dishes. This will help you enjoy the meal more and will not give any digestion problems later.
There is basic rule about how to combine dishes to make a complete Indian meal. Each Indian meal should consist of starch (for example: rice and/or Indian bread), one or more main dishes (for example: meat dish or fish dish, or a lentil and vegetable combination) and some kind of chutney. Usually two vegetables and/or lentil dish will be served with meal; one ‘wet’ with lots of soup and one ‘dry’. For a simple meal there will be only few varieties of dishes while for an elaborate parties or festivals, more variety of them are prepared.
A typical Indian restaurant in the United States serves a host of Punjabi food. Many non-Indian identify Punjabi food with the Indian food. Punjabi food includes classic favorite such as Tandoori Chicken, Naan, parathas, Alu Tikki, Makke di Roti and Sarson ka Saag and many more. Punjab a northwestern state of India is also known as 'the Land of Milk and Honey' . Many of Punjabi men are seen wearing big turbans.
A typical Punjabi meal with consist of roti, daal, yogurt and curried vegetable. Many Punjabi eat rice very infrequently and only on special occasions. Punjabi meals usually have lot of onion, tomatoes, cumin, turmeric, mustard, garlic, ginger cooked in pure cow ghee. Milk is a very important part of Punjabi food in its many form such as yogurt (dahi), lassi, paneer, makhan (white butter) and ghee.
In rural India, Punjabi food is mostly served on "Dhaba". Dhaba is a usually self-service roadside food