Why Indian Food is the Best Food You Haven’t Tried
If you were like me about three years ago, you’d be afraid to try Indian food. I have no idea why I was, but I think it had something to do with seeing Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom when I was a kid. Not only is everything about Indian food in that movie completely, totally, and absolutely untrue, Indian food is now one of my favorite types of cuisine. Keep reading for more on why you’ve got to give it a try!
First off, let’s talk about the ingredients. In all of the Indian food I’ve had (and I’ve had a lot), the strangest thing I’ve eaten is goat. That’s not even that strange. In fact, it’s delicious. Chicken, lamb, goat, and a semi-soft cheese known as paneer (think of it as a brick version of cottage cheese) are usually the stars of the dishes. Since the cow is considered sacred by most Indians who practice Hinduism, don’t expect to find any beef in the food. Furthermore, many of the recipes contain a boatload of vegetables, which makes them super healthy.
Many of the standard preparation methods are similar to those that we’re more used to. Spiced, simmered sauces known as curries are common in dishes such as Chicken Tikka Masala and many others. One of my favorite preparation methods is Tandoor-oven cooking. It’s basically a charcoal or wood-fired clay oven that chars the outside of whatever it cooks while keeping the inside moist and delicious. Since I’m vegetarian now, one of my favorites is Tandoori Vegetables. Basically, the paneer cheese is cubed and marinated in a spicy yogurt mixture. Then it’s cooked in the oven with some fresh veggies. Prior to serving, a lemon is squeezed over the top. Absolutely delicious.
A good place to start is by calling up your local Indian restaurant and asking them if they have a Value Meal (or Special Value Meal). Usually, this meal will be around $30 and will contain two servings of all the popular items on the menu. It’s perfect for a date. If you’re feeling like whipping some up at home, why not check out Recipe4Living’s selection of Indian fare? Eat on!