Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sep 28, Indian Food Recipes for Quick & Easy Dishes fo Astound Your Eaters

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Common Indian Food Ingredients:

Indian Food Recipes are full of ingredients that many of us in America have never heard of. So, here is a very brief description of the most common of the un-common (unless you're Indian) ones:

Aloo - Indian word for potato
Asafetida - dried gum resin of an Indian plant, with a very strong flavor and odor, never eat raw!
Atta - finely ground whole wheat flour used in many Indian breads
Basmati - a long grain rice that cooks up dry, fluffy, and tender
Bhaji - an Indian version of vegetable fritters
Biriani - A dish made of rice baked with a vegetable or meat based filling
Chutney - a blend of fruits and spices cooked into a thick sauce
Elaichi - cardamom, a spice common in curry blends and garam masala
Fenugreek - Small flat seeds or a dried leaf used in curries for slightly bitter flavor
Garam Masala - literally, warm spices; a blend of spices used to flavor dishes that varies by region
Ghee - clarified butter, made by slowly melting butter, skimming the foam, saving the liquid, discarding the white butter
solids...can be heated to a higher temperature without burning than ordinary butter
Halwa - congealed, translucent sweet dish made of fruits and syrups
Jaggery - dried sugar cane juice; the most common form of sugar in India
Korma - a sauce made with yogurt and ground nuts or seeds, especially poppy seeds
Masala - Hindi word for 'spice'
Paratha - unleavened fried bread made with whole wheat flour, soften filled with meat and vegetables
Poppadums - spicy wafers made from lentils or legumes
Raita - a salad made from vegetables and yogurt to accompany hot and spicy dishes
Roti - the Indian word for bread
Samosas - deep fried crisp pastry, filled with vegetables or meat...served as an appetizer
Tandoor - a large, deep oven made from clay that cooks at very high temperatures. Tandoori is the name for any recipe cooked in the tandoor
Vindaloo - a very spicy dish made with garam masala, meat and vinegar



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Spicy Mushroom Masala
Serves 4

This tasty Indian dish shouldn?t make a trip to the specialty market necessary; your reasonably well-stocked kitchen will contain all you need.

Ingredients for the paste
1 onion , chopped
2 tomatoes , roughly chopped
1 of ginger (adrak) and garlic (lehsun)
1 of each clove , cinnamon and cardamom
1 tsp oil
1 tsp chilli powder
10 to 15 mushrooms (khumbh)
salt to taste
chopped coriander (dhania) for garnishing

Heat the oil, add the paste and saute on a medium flame for a few minutes.

Add the salt and chilli powder, mushrooms and 1 cup of water, cover and cook for 4-5 minutes.

Serve hot garnished with coriander.

Pyaaz Ke Kangan
Golden Coin Sandwiches
Malai Pudas
Indian Fry Bread
Adrak ka Shorba
Indian-Style Ground Lamb (Keema)
Eggplant and Tomato Curry
Aloo tamatar subzi (Fried Potatoes with Tomatoes)
Aloo Tikki (Fried Potato Patties)
Makki ke Pakore (Cornmeal Fritters)

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