Thursday, July 19, 2007

0 Indian Home-Style Cooking 101

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Hello Fellow Foodies,

Tonight, I'd like to share some thoughts regarding Indian home cooking: For those of you who are used to eating Indian food primarily at restaurants & have never had the wonderful pleasure of eating Indian food, either at someone's house or because you made it yourself, then please put aside all of your preconceived notions about what Indian food actually "is." To these people I say, "Get ready to have your world rocked!" ;-) In a good way, of course.

Indian food, as it's typically made by Indians in their kitchens (regardless of their nationality or place of residence), is NOWHERE near the same thing as what's served in restaurants (in America or many other parts of the world). In fact, it's much, much lighter (especially the sauces & daal dishes).

So, for those of you uninitiated skeptics out there who also claim to be "health food nuts" & misguidedly think that Indian food is generally too heavy on the oil, I challenge you to open your eyes (& mind!) to the diverse, wide world of Indian cuisine. It's never really wise to overgeneralize. (Hey that rhymes!) That would be like judging what you think of rock 'n' roll after listening to only one band, or even worse, a single rock album! Not only does Indian food vary from region to region, just like it does in most countries, it also varies from kitchen to kitchen & from cook to cook. It is possible to make delicious, healthy recipes that are not only low in fat but extremely good for the health of your body as well as your soul!

So, for those of you who've never made Indian food before in your life & are interested in learning how, I say this: If you are willing to expand your definition of Indian food beyond your experiences of eating at your neighborhood/corner Indian restaurant, learn about "new" spices & spice combinations as well as "new" cooking techniques, & perhaps make a trip or two to your local Indian or international market to pick up some "new" spices, then you will be on your way to experiencing the joys of Indian home-style cooking!

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