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Jan 19, 2011 09:11 PM

What was the simplest and quick Indian Dish that you prepared?

Do share your simple and most loved Indian Recipe that you prepared and make often.

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  1. For absolute simplicity - sliced tomatoes, cucumber and onion, sprinkled with chaat masala.

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      1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit

        my simplest is similar: sliced cucumber, sprinkled with salt pepper lime cumin and cayenne. or thinly sliced onions soaked in vinegar as a garnish on almost everything.

      2. Red lentils with carrot, turmeric, cumin and lemon juice.

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        1. re: nasilemak

          When you say Red you mean masoor or Toor?

        2. mashed potato balls with horseradish. apparently horseradish doesn't make Krishna cry...

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          1. re: Chowrin

            Oh I don't think I know what horseradish is..and what is this story about not making krishna cry?..:)

            1. re: Srivalli

              I was getting it out out of a Krishna-centric cookbook. Garlic makes Krishna cry, so it's not used. Horseradish is a spicy root. you can find it in jars in American supermarkets.

              1. re: Chowrin

                There's nothing about "mak[ing] Krishna cry".

                Devotees of Krishna do not eat onions and garlic, which are unacceptable to Krishna (God) because they are known to stimulate passion, which tends to invoke such unfavourable qualities as lust, anger, greed, and envy.

                Followers of Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism, amongst other traditions, also avoid these and other foods in the allium plant family, for similar reasons. Ayurveda also recommends against eating alliums, except as required for medical treatment, with a similar understanding. These are a few of many groups that discourage or forbid the consumption of alliums due to their negative effects.

                A longer and more detailed explanation may be found in the essay "Why no Garlic and Onions?" by Hare Krishna (ISKCON) devotee and notable vegetarian chef Kurma Dasa from Australia.

                A number of substitutes are used in place of alliums in recipes, most commonly asafoetida (hing) either directly or sauteed with cabbage, which produces a similar taste and comparable texture to garlic and onions.

              2. re: Srivalli

                Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) is a food in the same plant family as mustard, wasabi, broccoli, and cabbage. It's found in supermarkets worldwide. :)

            2. Most often raita, bhindi masala, various chaat or kheema. Chicken tikka or karahi are also pretty quick and easy, though I don't make that as often.

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              1. re: JungMann

                Sounds share your recipe of Karahi..

                1. re: Srivalli

                  Karahi is a variable stir fry, but it does start with a base of browned onions, ginger-garlic paste and sauteed tomatoes and green chilies. The masala will have turmeric and red chili, but I might add cumin seed, cinnamon and cloves along with a couple cardamom pods or just garam masala. When the aromatics are sufficiently browned and the tomatoes cooked with the masala, you can stir fry your sliced chicken in the mixture and add a little water to finish the cooking. The result should be a relatively dry stir fry.

              2. Saag. Just puree some onion, garlic, ginger, and jalapeno; fry in medium-hot oil until browning; add curry powder/garam masala and fry another minute or two; add chopped bunches of spinach, chard or any other greens and a little bit of chicken stock and cook until soft; and finally, stir in some yogurt at the end (or cream, if you're feeling decadent). Very quick, very healthy, very delightful. You can add chunks of paneer (easy to make too), tofu, meat or fish at the end - great way to use up leftovers.

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                1. re: monopod

                  Thanks..will surely try this sometime..