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

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  • galka Mar 30, 2012 03:46 PM
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Tried some homemade dosas and other thing and got completely fixated.


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    1. 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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      1. re: visciole

        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.

      2. 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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        1. re: HillJ

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

        2. 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!

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

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


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                1. re: missmasala

                  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.

                  1. re: galka

                    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.

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

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

                    1. Try to catch a replay of

                      1. Website my ex Indian restaurant owner:


                        1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWoxlX...
                          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