How to Cook Indian Cuisine
August 15, 2014 8:32 AM Subscribe
I know how to cook in general, and I know Indian food relatively well in terms of...you know, eating it. But my attempts to cook Indian dishes myself have never turn out. Where can I find clear, dependable recipes for (primarily Northern) Indian staples? (By "staples," I mean ordinary dishes like: palak paneer, bhurtha, aloo paratha, dal. My favorite foods tend to be vegetarian, but I'm not a vegetarian myself, so either veg or non-veg is fine).
posted by rue72 to Food & Drink (30 answers total) 120 users marked this as a favorite
Also, if you're used to cooking Indian dishes: which ingredients will I likely have to buy at a specialty grocer? Which might be difficult to find but that I can use easier-to-find substitutions for or make myself? Are there any brands or other labeling to avoid or to look for? Is there any equipment or other supplies that I'm unlikely to have as someone who doesn't cook these dishes regularly right now but will likely need to buy?
My goal is basically to be able to make a big pot of something like palak paneer (one of my favorite foods of all time) and pack it for lunch for a few days during the week. And to make aloo paratha (with those pickled peppers, yum!) for weekend breakfasts. And to drink chai whenever I feel like it, which is frequently. Most of all, it seems a little unreasonable that I can't cook a fairly passable version of many of my own favorite foods, and I'd like to change that!