Please tell me, what is the best English translation of the Mahabharata? I'm not particularly concerned that it be a verse translation. I would prefer something that's available in electronic form (for reading on my Nook). Something that's public domain, and therefore available on Google books, even better. But these are preferences, not hard requirements. I'm more concerned with reliability of the translation. [more inside]
Need help finding an impromptu sari blouse alternative. [more inside]
Chutney Identification: I tried some chutney at an Indian restaurant and it was one of the worst things I've ever put in my mouth. What was it? [more inside]
Help me figure out quick ways to make Indian style vegetable sauces with spice blends from the Indian grocer. [more inside]
Diwali is coming up and I'd like to politely mention this to my close Indian coworkers, similar to a 'Happy Christmas' or 'Happy New Years' they would be likely to say to me. What's the best way, would a simple 'Happy Diwali' be appropriate? If so, what's the correct day for this as it's a 5 day festival from my understanding? This year (2010) it looks like November 5th is the main date.
I want to start using my crockpot to cook large batches of Indian food and freezing individual portions. I am soliciting your favorite recipes and any general advice you might be able to provide. [more inside]
I love the lentil soups and soup-like lentil side dishes I get in Indian restaurants and would love to make them at home, but I don't have the slightest clue where to start. Help? [more inside]
The Indian background music in the Beatles' "Within You Without You"... tell me more about it. [more inside]
What are these pants (on the girl) called, so that I can I find them/a pattern for them? From the Bollywood routine on So You Think You Can Dance last night. The slit and the billoweyness when she spins are the key aspects of why I love these.
A friend of mine found an old military medal in New Hampshire. It appears to be made of tin or some other light metal and handmade. The first part is a twig attached to a decoration, and the second part is arrows in a pouch. I put video on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlPqFhq6xdY . The audio is from Lost, which was playing when I did the video. Does anyone know what these medals are?
What are some things I can do/see on my upcoming trip to Maui to best learn about the island's native cultural history? [more inside]
Help me identify this figure from the Eastern Woodlands and Plains Indians hall at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. [more inside]
Does anyone have any experience ordering fresh Alphonso or other good Indian mangoes online? [more inside]
Help me understand the differences between Pakistani, North Indian and Hyderabadi (Indian) curry flavours. [more inside]
Where can I find the spiciest food in Minneapolis? [more inside]
Have any of you tried to make hard cheese from paneer? If so, how? [more inside]
Indian-celebrity filter: Who is this guy? I gathered that he's somewhat recognizable, but a lot of people couldn't put a name to his face. Probably an athlete or B-list celebrity?
I've become enmeshed in my parent's problems to the extent I feel it's holding me back in life. How to get out? (Long) [more inside]
My mother has over 100 Indian saris in her closet that she would like to get rid of. She would really like to donate them to some organization that could make use of them. We live in the US, so just taking them to Goodwill wouldn't work. Are there any thrift stores or charity organizations in the US which cater to a South Asian community and/or would accept the saris? Would anyone even want them? [more inside]
I love this song "Aik Alif" by Noori And Saieen Zahoor on YouTube. I love music from the Middle East/India but have no idea where to find other great songs to listen to. Any suggestions or recommendations? Here is the song on YouTube: "Aik Alif" by Noori And Saieen Zahoor
Recommendation Filter: I'm looking for a great Indian cookbook! [more inside]
identify this Indian dish: looks like mashed sweet potatoes and tastes sweet. vegetarian. (bonus points for a great recipe).
Indian Cooking - I want those authentic tin plates and bowls - where? [more inside]
What would you say are the best beer styles (or individual beers) to pair with Indian or Thai cuisine? [more inside]
Recommendations for good pressure cooker indian recipes? [more inside]
Safe to eat filter: I've had chicken korma in the fridge since Monday. Kept meaning to take it home for dinner and kept forgetting... [more inside]
Which Indian restaurant dishes never have wheat or dairy (or corn or eggs)? [more inside]
Looking for Restaurant Style Curried Chicken - Indian Recipe? [more inside]
I need your tastiest Indian lamb recipes. I have about 3 lb. of lamb cubes & I'm looking to make something Indian with it. I have all of the common Indian spices & I've had success making Biryani but I want to stretch my wings a little further. So what can I make to make my tummy happy?
I just finished reading "Gandhi the Man, The Story od His Transformation" by Eknath Easwaran. I want to learn more on his philosophy, I want to know more details on how he was able to persuade people against the use of violence. What books can you suggest?
Will I have trouble with customs bringing homemade Indian food spice mixes (made in Australia) into Japan? [more inside]
CD of Indian New Age-y Music? [more inside]
I'm from a South Asian culture and made the mistake of allowing my parents to start looking for a girl for me. How do I get out of this? [more inside]
Can anybody tell me the artist/song title presented in this video? I have searched the intertubes until my fingers bled, to no avail.
In Slumdog Millionaire, we were shown a bunch of Amitabh Bachchan clips from some of his older moveis. What were they? - I'd like to hear your other Bollywood action movie recommendations too! [more inside]
I have a recipe for kidney beans which calls for a pressure cooker. How can I modify it to be made without one? [more inside]
I'm making Thanksgiving dinner with my American friend for her German host family. We want to share a little of our American "Thanksgiving culture" with them. My family in Maine always gets Indian carryout. What to do? [more inside]
Do I want an Indian mixer? [more inside]
Indian Movies Filter: Hive mind, put your Indian Movie caps on -- What NON-singing/dancing Indian movies would you recommend? [more inside]
How to make Indian restaurant-style (white) basmati rice? [more inside]
I'm wanting to learn more about the Navajo Nation. Any recommendations for good resources? [more inside]
Recommendations for restaurant on Devon Avenue in Chicago? [more inside]
Lamb and chicken, pork and beef... which is the meatiest Indian cookbook? [more inside]
To the Indian MeFites - and the non-indian chefs as well - what are your favorite family Indian recipes and what are some tricks in the preparation to give the food that authentic Indian taste. You know, rich, delicious, mouth-watering, and savoury to the point that eating becomes a spiritual experiece in itself. [more inside]
Is the Wendigo purely a Northeast American (and Canadian) myth? If so is there a Northwest equivalent?
What's a pompadon? [more inside]
I often eat at a couple of few different pakistani restaurant and have noticed they both play pretty much the same songs in the restaurant. Rather than ask the restaurant staff, I'm asking metafilter: Is there a common list of songs popularly played at these establishments? What are the songs that would be in such a list?
Would anyone in their right mind eat vegetable ghee, or any kind of ghee, straight from the can? [more inside]
Where in Durham or Chapel Hill, North Carolina, can I rent a copy of "Devdas" on DVD? [more inside]