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What is a good site to learn how to cook Indian food properly?

galka Mar 30, 2012 03:46 PM

Tried some homemade dosas and other thing and got completely fixated.


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  1. Infomaniac RE: galka Mar 30, 2012 06:21 PM


    1. visciole RE: galka Mar 30, 2012 06:25 PM

      I know very little about Indian cuisine, but I wanted to be able to make some basic dishes. I stumbled upon this guy's blog, and I must say I find it very charming and helpful. He's a home cook, he gives easy recipes, provides good photos, and has a way with words. Plus I'm a sucker for anyone whose recipes call for "a generous knob" of butter. (I'm a fool for inexact measurements.)


      But as I said I'm far from expert, so I'm sure other will have different ideas.

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        missmasala RE: visciole Mar 31, 2012 07:42 PM

        I like this blog, too, and think the recipes are great for beginners, though I don't always like them. But if you're tentative about Indian food, this is a good place to start.

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        HillJ RE: galka Mar 31, 2012 05:42 AM

        Couple of suggestions:
        If you live near an Indian community visit their market and speak to the store Manager. They will be eager to walk you through the spices, condiments, flours, dairy and produce aisle to assemble your ingredients list. When I started making Indian sweets visiting an Indian market and bakery was tremendously helpful.

        If you don't have that kind of access, then the YouTube suggestion is an excellent one. The visual for technique and prep is there and the number of recipes endless. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrECJ5...

        this site is a treasure trove of information both by region and cuisine.

        this blog is a delight!

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          HillJ RE: HillJ Mar 31, 2012 05:46 AM

          One more blog that journals some interesting modern twists on Indian recipes.

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          foodworthy RE: galka Mar 31, 2012 07:44 AM

          I'm surprised no one's mentioned Manjula. Her recipe's are vegetarian, but I imagine it's not that difficult to throw some chicken in a pot!

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            ceekskat RE: galka Mar 31, 2012 08:24 AM

            +1 for manjulaskitchen.com. And http://www.vahrehvah.com/ to check method as I don't always like his recipes.

            For recipes, spicytasty.com specializes in Tamilian/South Indian cuisine. Also, a friend of mine recently introduced me to this Miss Masala site - http://www.quickindiancooking.com/mis...

            1. JungMann RE: galka Mar 31, 2012 03:19 PM

              If you are looking primarily for South Indian recipes, Manjula's is good. I also visit www.spicytasty.com.

              1. missmasala RE: galka Mar 31, 2012 07:34 PM

                No one here is a "show me the curry" fan? love those ladies!


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                  galka RE: missmasala Apr 2, 2012 09:37 AM

                  thank you all! DId look at youtube and Manjula and cooked for 3 days non-stop! Made dal, dosas, some chutneys and palak paneer. All came out awesome. WIll be making it all regulalry, so delicious.

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                    GTM RE: galka May 28, 2012 01:06 PM

                    Nice site here:

                    See also ANOTHER SUBCONTINENT forum on food and cooking.

                    BTW, a great site to buy Darjeeling tea :


                    I love the Autumn Flush, a lower end tea for ordinary drinking.

                    I started as a customer, and ended up a friend, so I have no financial or other considerations in recommending them. Ms. Anupa Mueller, the owner is a great person to advise you, and you can tell her that her fan suggested her firm.

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                  cmcmcmcm RE: galka Apr 7, 2012 07:18 AM

                  http://www.swapnascuisine.com/ is one that I like.

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                    bgill RE: galka Apr 8, 2012 10:54 PM

                    Pakistani, not Indian, but all the recipes at www.desicookbook.com have gotten rave reviews from my picky family

                    1. paulj RE: galka May 28, 2012 01:13 PM

                      Try to catch a replay of

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                        caputoOO RE: galka May 28, 2012 01:20 PM

                        Website my ex Indian restaurant owner:


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                          GTM RE: galka Jun 3, 2012 02:30 AM

                          Chicken Curry

                          This man, and his videos are amusing and good


                          tandoori chicken,by the same man, Harpal Singh



                          British Indian Curry




                          one version of Kolhapuri chicken


                          another version, strongly accented English

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