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Aug 22, 2010 09:31 AM

Aarti Party

I'm never home watching TV at this time, except today. I had some work to do and put the TV on in the background. And look - there's Aarti!

I think she's doing a decent job. She has a nervous giggle once in a while and says "awesome" too much, but other than that her show was ok. I might actually go out and buy some garam masala!

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  1. I'm not a big fan, but she seems to be doing alright. The salad that she is making looks interesting. As others have said, I'd rather see her do Indian, instead of Indian twists on American classics, like the Sloppy Bombay Joes. I am annoyed at her laughing at nothing, though.

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    1. re: dmjordan

      I think the laughter is a nervous twitch and hopefully will go away with time.

      Unfortunately, the Food Network made it very clear that they want to appeal to the "home cook" who probably would be intimidated by a truly authentic Indian menu.

      1. re: mojoeater

        I agree on both of your points mojoeater

      2. re: dmjordan

        I too would have preferred that she do real Indian cuisine - but as others have pointed out downstream there are two shows currently on (one on FN, one on Cooking Channel) that do show more authentic Indian cooking. Sigh. I guess she is the designated person to do bastardized so-called "Indian" food for FN.

      3. I watched figuring I'd turn it off in a few minutes, but I kept it on, she did much better than I thought she might. I don't eat or cook Indian food, so I doubt I'd watch again no matter how she made it more Ameicianized. It is the spice more than the main ingrediants that i just can't seem to like. That's just me.

        Since she had to start the very next day, I was surprised she wasn't much more like what was shown during TNFNS, but of course I'm sure that the days taping went on for a very long time and was well edited. Right after her show aired up next, last years winner, now that I turned off in a few minutes.

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        1. re: hummingbird

          which spice? corriander seed? cumin?
          these are spices that are often used in american cuisine. curry is just a small part of the indian repertoire. if you try out the others, maybe youll even start appreciating curry

          1. re: celfie

            All of those that you mentioned, and yes curry too. I also can't do any type of hot in any cusine. I have tried, but for whatever reason I don't like the smell or taste, yes i eat pretty darn bland meals. if not i pay for it for a few days, mostly a burning from my throat to my stomach, so I've leaned to stay away.

            I'll cook with it, but the tasting does me in.

            1. re: hummingbird

              You know what hummingbird > it surprises me how the
              Indian cuisine has taken off in all country's.
              I don't purposely go into an Indian restaurant when
              I'm starving for a really good meal like many I've talked to do.
              The Indian cuisine is all over the UK and although the eateries
              are packed, I, like you, still don't fully get it.
              I mean I understand that the cuisine is very flavorful
              and it can be quite spicy. I love full of flavor food
              and a touch of spice is good but to me,
              but too much is not grand. Blows my face off then what's the point.

              I own so many Indian spices that I've gathered but
              don't know what to do with most of them. Cumin is my
              favorite spice which I've used for years and garlic-
              onions-ginger, yes used for years. I think it's the
              combination of the Autumn spice flavors mixed in with these other
              spices that confuse me.

              While I do have a Masala Dabba or Masala Dani that I created since
              I had all the basics and then some, I haven't used it.

              After my cleanse is over I plan on making something more than
              a chicken tikka or typical curry dish more along the mild side. Watching Aarti may be very helpful to me.

            2. re: celfie

              Curry is not Indian. It's actually the Brit's take on Garam Masala, which varies in the Indian kitchen from dish to dish. One size does not fit all.

          2. I caught a bit of it. She seemed a bit nervous but she was engaging!

            1. Thanks for ruining the end of the show for me, which hasn't ended yet in Canada. I can avoid the threads that refer to the NFNS, but your thread's title ruined it right away, without giving me a chance to ignore. It's a silly show, but fun to watch when you don't know who's going to win.

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              1. re: pescatarian

                I can't find a link to the Chowhound site spoiler policy. Some sites allow spoilers after the first US airing, and others require you to wait until after all NA airings. Can anybody (or a moderator) point to the spoiler policy?

                1. re: GraydonCarter

                  And how are we in the States supposed to know what's aired elsewhere?

                  1. re: pikawicca

                    I agree that you won't know when it's airing in other countries, but it is annoying! HEre in Canada, shows like Food Network Star, Top Chef, Top Chef Masters and Project Runway always start later than they do in the US. We have to be so careful not to read something that's a spoiler.

                    1. re: SusanB

                      So mojoeater was an Aarti Party Pooper then? ;-D>

                      1. re: Servorg

                        Hey, I'm sorry if I ruined anything for anyone. But her win was a week earlier and has been all over the internet and even commercials on Food Network. In fact, if you went to the FN website, her picture was front and center!

                        1. re: mojoeater

                          It''s ok. I don't go on the FN website generally. And if I did, it would most likely be Food Network Canada and they wouldn't post anything about the new show. Nor would they talk about it on "Food Network Canada" since the broadcast these contests a few episodes behind. The season finale is this Thurs. One episode left ;) I haven't noticed anything anywhere. I avoid any threads that refer to the shows that are competitions, because I've learned my lesson before. But as soon as I saw the name of this thread in the list of current topics, I couldn't turn away fast enough. It was obvious that if a thread was named that, then she won, without reading the thread. Actually I think the mods should be more sensitive to this kind of thing. Anyways, sorry if I sounded crusty, I was having a bad day...

                          1. re: pescatarian

                            If it's any consolation, the finale was a very close competition. It honestly looked like they could have picked any of the three of them and made a decent show out of it. But nobody in the US has a clue whether or not the show/s have aired anywhere else. It's not as if they put up banner ads.

                2. re: pescatarian

                  pesc, please help me, I can't see who spoiled it for you?. The title I read at the beginning of this thread is Aarti Party. Where does it give a spoiler?

                  Pika, I was thinking the same thing. Show's air all over the world. Who knows where anyone lives or if anyone watches a particular show? Very odd.

                  SusanB, does it really ruin so much for you if you happen upon a spoiler? You're right about the shows airing in Canada come at a later time, often much later, than in the US. I don't know...

                  different strokes I suppose. I read spoilers all the time in here and couldn't care less, so the outcome is mentioned, big deal.

                  mojoe, you did nothing wrong.

                3. I caught the show by accident and I felt she was nervous but cute and did a good job of explaining the food and telling you how it tasted. ButI didn't care for the recipes at all, similar to Melissa's show, I just don't get the food combinations. They do not appeal to me for whatever reason.

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                  1. re: Manassas64

                    I thought she came across as very likeable, but the food didn't interest me at all. I'd like to see more actual indian food. I have to say, despite what I thought I would think, I do end up interested in some of Melissa's food. I've made both her everyday cassoulet and her moroccan meatballs and liked them (especially the meatballs).

                    1. re: LulusMom

                      New to this review, my opinion is im tierd of seeing indian foods stretch across the screen all day i like arti and her show i would like to see more chinese, keep arti and indian made easy and get rid of negelica

                      1. re: PHATTY GIRL

                        Phatty, I agree about you saying get rid of Nigella.
                        Her foods to me that she presents to friends at her parties are minimal and basic at best. But if we're talking about her sweet treats, most of them appeal to me.

                        1. re: iL Divo

                          Nigella's sweets do look divine. But I agree, I watched one show recently where she browned pre-made gnocchi and seared some steaks. oh boy.