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#751249 - 03/15/12 12:56 PM What is your all-time favorite Indian dish & why??  
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This is a real toughie for me because there are so many wonderful Indian dishes -- some I enjoy for the taste but others are just attached to lovely memories :-)

So I would like to know:

What is your favorite Indian dish (pick 1 only please!)?
Why?
Have you tried making it yourself?

I'm thinking about this one myself & will post my answer soon!

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#751445 - 03/16/12 04:00 AM Re: What is your all-time favorite Indian dish & why?? [Re: Sadhana ~ Indian Food]  
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Really....only ONE? I'd have to say my favorite is Dal Makhani with some naan. Why it's my favorite, I really don't know. I like the spiciness. It makes a hearty, satisfying meal!

#751499 - 03/16/12 02:01 PM Re: What is your all-time favorite Indian dish & why?? [Re: Sadhana ~ Indian Food]  
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Hi Lyn, what a great choice! I too, LOVE Dal Makhani :-) Have you tried making it at home? Here's my recipe:

Dal Makhani





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#751506 - 03/16/12 03:22 PM Re: What is your all-time favorite Indian dish & why?? [Re: Sadhana ~ Indian Food]  
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I've got a recipe for Cashew Curry that I use again and again. It's very versatile so I've used it as a vegetarian dish with eggplant or sweet potatoes and I've also made it with chicken. It's always good.

Why do I like it so much, besides its versatility? I used to be the chef at a research branch of a cancer center (interesting that that center's ad is at the left side of my screen right now; I've never seen it here at BellaOnline). It was a rather small facility and one of my duties was to make and serve lunch to the staff every day.

When I took on the job, I got lots of requests to cook something 'different' from the Central Texas / Tex Mex foods that had been typical before my arrival. I noticed the many ethnicities represented by the administrative and research staff at the center and started cooking things I thought a broader audience might like.

Every time I branched out into a different ethnic cuisine, it was always with the fear of being compared to how grandma made it and I knew there's no way to beat such fierce competition. I always accepted the fact that the people who knew the particular cuisine the best would know it wasn't 'authentic' but I hoped they'd accepted my Americanized version anyway.

Example? One day I made Chinese food and a researcher from China translated her mother's recipe for Kung Pao Chicken and gave it to me to use at the center. It became one of my biggest sellers and is one of my recipes I treasure most.

There was a small group of researchers from India who came to lunch most days and I wanted to cook for them. I'd had this Cashew Curry recipe for a while and thought I give it a try. I made a vegetarian / eggplant version and a chicken version.

The Indians who came to lunch regularly expressed pleasure in my efforts and bought my curry for their lunches. A little while later, new Indian faces appeared in the lunch line, people I'd never seen before but who were coworkers who usually brought their own lunches. In a few minutes, a few more Indians showed up and then a few more, until the lunch period brought a whole new group of people I'd never seen before. I had no idea there were that many people from India working at the research center. Apparently, the curry was a hit and word of it was spreading throughout the center's Indian population. What a relief on my part!

I didn't see too much of those "new" Indians in the lunch line on a regular basis but I quickly learned to prepare for extra sales when the curry recipe was on the menu because it always brought them back to my kitchen for lunch. The curry gave me a chance to reconnect with my Indian coworkers I only saw when Cashew Curry was on the menu. Good food brings good company and that's one of my favorite things about cooking!





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#751594 - 03/16/12 10:05 PM Re: What is your all-time favorite Indian dish & why?? [Re: Sadhana ~ Indian Food]  
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Hi Sadhana,

If I ever were to visit the U.S. again, I would head to Sunnyvale, CA and at our favorite Indian resaurant there I would order Panak Paneer because I relish the combination of the slightly acidic spinach with the mellowness of the freshly made cheese. Of course, I would just have to top it off with some (ok lots) of mango chutney to give it a sweet/sour complexity and maybe even make a "taco" out of it with some naan.


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#751616 - 03/17/12 12:07 AM Re: What is your all-time favorite Indian dish & why?? [Re: Sadhana ~ Indian Food]  
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Awesome....THANK YOU! I have never tried making it. Usually, I buy it in a foil pouch at the grocery store.

A few years ago, we lived in an apartment under an Indian couple. Our apartment always smelled of curry. I loved it. I used to joke that I was going to start taking showing up at their door with a plate every night. I had always hoped she'd teach me to make a few dishes, because it never seems to taste the same when I make it.

#752579 - 03/21/12 01:47 PM Re: What is your all-time favorite Indian dish & why?? [Re: Sadhana ~ Indian Food]  
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@Sandy: I love cashew curry (part of my Goan ancestry!), sounds delicious. Cooking should be adaptable & flexible :-) I myself like to travel off the beaten culinary path & think outside the box (while my more elder traditional family members roll their eyes but still enjoy eating what I made at the same time). Mix it up! Indian food can be intimidating so I really appreciate when non-Indians make Indian food at home, that's awesome!

@Les: I love palak paneer too & I used to live in SJ for many years before moving to FL. Lots of great Indian restaurants in the Bay area. I often think of mole as a Mexican curry of sorts :-)

@Lyn: the foil packets of ready made food are convenient but are notorious for containing extremely high amounts of various preservatives & especially salt! It's healthier & tastier to make your own. Dal Makhani can also be made in a slow cooker as well :-) Indians are great hosts, you should have definitely shown up with a plate!

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#768736 - 06/18/12 05:46 PM Re: What is your all-time favorite Indian dish & why?? [Re: Sadhana ~ Indian Food]  
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Oooh... this is a toughie! I super love all Indian food but my absolute fav would be Butter Chicken! OMG, butter chicken is so crazy good!! YUM!!

#778742 - 08/22/12 12:10 PM Re: What is your all-time favorite Indian dish & why?? [Re: Sadhana ~ Indian Food]  
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Oh yeah murgh makhani is delicious. For me my favorite would have to be a lamb rogan josh.. yum

#817649 - 04/22/13 02:23 PM Re: What is your all-time favorite Indian dish & why?? [Re: Sadhana ~ Indian Food]  
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How can we choose only one?

Palak Paneer.

I've made my own naan, samosas and aloo gobi but not palak paneer. Just saw your recipe for homemade paneeer and I am going to try it. I didn't realize that the cheese had to be cubed and fried.

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