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Rasika with someone who 'doesn't like Indian food'

Melanie Apr 22, 2009 10:15 AM

Hi everyone,

my fiance 'doesn't like Indian food.' However, knowing him, it's not that he doesn't like any of it, he just hasn't had indian food that he's liked so far.

What better way to introduce him to good Indian food, than by having dinner at Rasika?

I'm looking to order dishes that expose him to a wider range of the cuisine than curry and naan (though we're DEFINITELY ordering some naan - yum!).

I've been here before and the Cod is a good example of a dish that is not necessarily what you'd find at any Indian restaurant, as well as the crispy spinach. What are some other dishes that folks would recommend for someone like him? FYI, he is allergic to curry (the spice) which we will be sure to tell our server.

Thank you so much!

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  1. maoj RE: Melanie Apr 22, 2009 10:55 AM

    I liked their Mango Lassi. Any of the fish presentations have been great. Also like their various items in the tandoori.

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      aburkavage RE: Melanie Apr 22, 2009 11:24 AM

      How can you be allergic to curry? I'm not trying to be a jerk, but I'm very curious!

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        Melanie RE: aburkavage Apr 22, 2009 11:26 AM

        He must have done something evil in his former life and is now being punished :)

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          Jason1 RE: Melanie Apr 22, 2009 11:41 AM

          He's going to have to be a litle more specific, I'd expect, in order to eat anything from Rasika. What ingredient in curry is he allergic to? Or is he allergic to curry leaves (which I doubt he's ever had, so it's unlikely).

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            Melanie RE: Jason1 Apr 22, 2009 12:04 PM

            Oh dear...I'm showing my Chowhound weaknesses! :) I had thought that a Curry (meaning sauce or gravy) and curry powder were different. But after some quick research, it seems that Curry powder is really a blend of spices which, I'm assuming can all be part of making a curry. That being said, I have no idea which specific spice in Curry powder he is allergic to. This would probably be a good thing to figure out...thank you for alerting me to this!

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              huesmann RE: Melanie Apr 22, 2009 12:19 PM

              No curry powder is the same. (Between blenders that is, obviously a particular blender will want to maintain the same ingredients for consistency.)

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                chicken kabob RE: huesmann Apr 22, 2009 01:44 PM

                It's dessert- but the chocolate samosa is great.
                It tastes like a chocolate croissant-nothing Indian about it.

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                khabu RE: Melanie Apr 23, 2009 08:42 AM

                Indians don't cook with "curry powder" - it's not a real Indian ingredient. I think it's a British invention. Different dishes are cooked with different blends of spices, usually homemade. One common blend is called garam masala, which you can buy as a premade blend in stores. But it can't be that he's allergic to "curry" generically, because there is no such thing.

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