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Tandoori and Tikka / Re: Chicken Tikka - better than the BIRs
« on: September 14, 2006, 10:08 AM »
I also made this recipe today with the changes being that I used a little yogurt, a little dried methi leaf, and did not use food coloring.  I cooked it up this morning and had a taste - it is really tasty!!!!  I marinaded it overnight.  I am going to make a CTM out of it!

Spices / Re: chives
« on: September 14, 2006, 09:48 AM »
Well, my husband is an indian born and raised in KL and i go there twice a year to visit - i know there are tons of south indians in malaysia so perhaps they drink tea that way..and Teh Tarik is not indian, it is a malaysian style of tea.  None of my husband's relatives make tea that way, not in KL or in smaller village towns either.  There is a lot of fusion in the cultures in malaysia with malay/chinese/indian foods and the such.  That is why I have trouble finding true "indian" food in malaysia and the hawkers do not have anything authentically indian!!  I go to restaurants specially marked north indian cuisine and then get food that is not too far from authentic indian.  In india traditionally tea is  "pulled tea"  but it is made with normal milk and water.

yes, we do not use such thing as "curry powder" in northern India.  Ther eis no such thing there.  Maybe in south india they use Madras curry powder but i dont know for sure as i am from north India.

Lets Talk Curry / Re: Doesn't Anyone Like Fish Curry ?
« on: September 10, 2006, 12:37 PM »
I know someone who does that!  They marinade the fish with tandoori type spices and then cook it.  Then coat it with besan mixture and fry.  I dont eat fish but they say it is very tasty.

Spices / Re: chives
« on: September 10, 2006, 12:35 PM »
so many variations of making tea!  but i didnt see any using the condensed milk!  I agree, those spice packets for chai masala are ok but nothing beats masala chai made with freshly ground spices!!!  I have found masala chai tea bags to be quite ok as a substitute.

Spices / Re: chives
« on: September 09, 2006, 08:10 PM »
What i mean to say in other words is because 1 person you know does that, you cannot assume it is an "indian" thing to do.  I am sure many people can speak up and say they have never had tea made that way!  I am saying I know hundreds of indians who make tea and nobody has ever done that....maybe its a religious thing as I dont know too much about other religion's eating habits than my own.
I just dont think it is fair to generalize like that.

Spices / Re: chives
« on: September 09, 2006, 07:47 PM »
Hey calm Down
when I was at a friends home this is how HE made it OK !
and he WAS Indian.
And Further more I Don't make assumptions I know what I seen with my own eyes. >:(

That is honestly a first!!  I am saying this because I am indian...i think in the Uk there are lots of pakistanis and bangladeshis - perhaps it is something they do - i am not saying they do because I dont know.  it seems in the UK all asians are referred to as indians when "indians" refers to those from India only for the rest of the world.

Spices / Re: chives
« on: September 09, 2006, 02:02 PM »
I can say for sure, being an indian, that is not how any indian i know makes tea, not in the US, UK, or India!!! Please do not make assumptions like that without any true knowledge.

Lets Talk Curry / Re: indian ingredients in grocery stores
« on: September 01, 2006, 01:35 PM »
Oh, it must be a local thing!  My area has alot of asians and it takes almost an hour to drive to Birmingham or Leicester for groceries.  So I must made do with local places most of the time.  But of course, nothing beats the asian stores in terms of selection.  My ASDA has had the creamed coconut packets and I use them all the time!!  very convenient!  I dont even melt them - i just cut open the packet and it comes out in 1 large piece.  My Tesco has also started carrying the boxed packets.

Lets Talk Curry / indian ingredients in grocery stores
« on: August 31, 2006, 05:16 PM »
Hi everyone!
Just wanted to mention I was shocked this past week to see fresh bunches of coriander at my local Tesco!  I dont mean those little sealed packages but big bunches at 49p each or 3/1 pound.  They were really fresh and were a new item.  Also, I noticed a new section in the aisle with the ethnic groceries near the regular indian section and it is for indian ingredients that you would find in an indian store.  I dont mean curry sauce jars but actual ingredients like spices, snacks, desserts and many other items that were previosuly found only in the indian stores.  Prices are reasonable.
Another place i noticed "real" indian groceries was Somerfields but it looks like they are discontinuing the specialty section as everything was half price - they had massive bags of cinnamon sticks and large Kohinoor jars of spices for less than a pound.
There must be a demand for these things at the regular grocery stores..some items are even cheaper than at the indian stores.  For example, for those people who make roti or chappatis, Asda has the best quality aata (East End Gold) flour for less than a pound for a 1.5 kg package.  I buy that from Birmingham or Leicester for 1.75 usually!!!  So worth a look again at local stores - the brands and supply keeps changing!

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