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Hi everyone!

Can anyone please give me some lessons on cooking Indian food? I have books and read websites, but the problem is I need to see it myself - the process I mean - at least couple of times. My boyfriend is crazy about Indian food, but all I can do for now is using Patak's pastes :-(

Thank you all in advance!

P.S. I actually cook really good, so I can exchange some tips and recipes :-)
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Re: Indian food

This is a very good book to start with. It has the process covered as well.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Madhur-Jaffr...7244524&sr=8-2

All I've cooked out of this has come out great, and the ingredients are easy to find even here in Switzerland.
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Re: Indian food

Vielen dank :-) But unfortunately - probably a specific feature of my thinking - I need to see this cooking at least a couple of times. Then I can figure it out myself.
Btw. I usually buy stuff at the Asian Store (the one near Oerlicon), they have good assortment and relatively reasonable prices.
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Re: Indian food

hey there, im Indian but bit of a mish mash cook but most times it works out, I could help you out.
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Re: Indian food

there is this link on youtube which is amazing. I am indian, cook well still I go to this link for recipes. search "manjulaskitchen" on youtube. her recipes r amazing.

(i have no link with manjulaskitchen whatsoever apart from the fact that i am a fan)
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Re: Indian food

To be honest I have problems with adding spices. I can't work out which one gives what taste and which one gives what smell, though I am familiar with all these spices from other cuisines I know. Eventually everything I try to cook tastes cool, but I am afraid it still doesn't have anything to do with real Indian cuisine
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Hi everyone!

Can anyone please give me some lessons on cooking Indian food? I have books and read websites, but the problem is I need to see it myself - the process I mean - at least couple of times. My boyfriend is crazy about Indian food, but all I can do for now is using Patak's pastes :-(

Thank you all in advance!

P.S. I actually cook really good, so I can exchange some tips and recipes :-)
http://www.youtube.com/user/Manjulaskitchen
http://www.vahrehvah.com/videos.php
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Re: Indian food

Preety Chowfla from http://www.bestcurry.ch/index.php regularly holds cooking classes that are well attended. You can find more information here: http://www.bestcurry.ch/documents/gallery.php?action=archive&category=Cooking+Classes
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Thank you all, guys! That'd be really useful!
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There have been a few listed in commercial events ie Indian Budget Cooking lesson in Wallisellen I am up for it if someone organises it!!



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Can anyone please give me some lessons on cooking Indian food? I have books and read websites, but the problem is I need to see it myself - the process I mean - at least couple of times. My boyfriend is crazy about Indian food, but all I can do for now is using Patak's pastes :-(

Thank you all in advance!

P.S. I actually cook really good, so I can exchange some tips and recipes :-)
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To be honest I have problems with adding spices. I can't work out which one gives what taste and which one gives what smell, though I am familiar with all these spices from other cuisines I know. Eventually everything I try to cook tastes cool, but I am afraid it still doesn't have anything to do with real Indian cuisine
firstly, impressed that you are taking effort to cook indian food, because your boyfriend likes....i have just heard....."Can you get the food from take-away...today .....too"
secondly, most indian women at home cook food ...just invariably...without much idea....about how spices play a role. It all tastes good....since the tougue has turned numb after two spoons....with all those heavy load of spices....
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Re: Indian food

If you follow books or videos from youtube or anywhere else to cook indian recipes then you would end up adding too much spices, oil or ghee (kind of indian butter) or sometime you wont find all the spices in the shops here. Most of the online recipes can't be used if you want to cook them often as it would kill a lot of your time and add to your fat accumulation. Although there are simple and healthy way of cooking tasty indian foods for regular eating and for that you can find help from some indians around.
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Re: Indian food

Youtube channel "ShowMeTheCurry" is good place to start. The ladies in the videos also mention why a spice is being added, which sort of taste it gives etc.
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firstly, impressed that you are taking effort to cook indian food, because your boyfriend likes....
Erm.... Why? He likes it, I can't cook it so I want to learn to make him happy kinda (sounds a bit pompously perhaps, but technically speaking it is true)
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If you follow books or videos from youtube or anywhere else to cook indian recipes then you would end up adding too much spices, oil or ghee (kind of indian butter) or sometime you wont find all the spices in the shops here. Most of the online recipes can't be used if you want to cook them often as it would kill a lot of your time and add to your fat accumulation.
Very true. That's why I actually would like to find a person who cooks normal everyday Indian food
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Re: Indian food

I would be more than happy to volunteer to give you some tips especially on the spices, it's not that difficult.. .. I am an indian and do my daily cooking all the time

Just PM me if you are interested we can meet up and just do the cooking,you can give me some of your cooking tips.

Please note I don't run classes nothing commercial, I can't help if you are looking for a formal cooking class

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Add little amount of spices than they tell in cooking videos. It will do good for your stomach !!!

http://kaleidoscope-articlegallery.blogspot.com/
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Re: Indian food

Asking how to cook Indian food is like asking how to cook European food or how to cook African food.

It's a diverse continent of nations. Which type of food do you mean? Preparations, ingredients, spices are wildly different from region to region.

Mughlai/Panjabi is the most common outside of India, so prob best to start there. South Indian is also very common these days, especially from Kerala, Tamil Nadu.
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Re: Indian food

Am definitely not a great cook but my last two attempts at Indian cooking - Tandoori Chicken and Chicken Madras have been pretty darn good if I say so meself. (Friend also enjoyed it and is still alive to tell ). Am on a roll with this now so please keep the helpful suggestions and links on this thread coming! Thanks .
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Re: Indian food

Why dont u get soem ready made Shan masala from Barakat in Zurich. these are really good. You dont need to add any other spices. The recipes are usually at the back cover of the masala box. There are 15-20 diferent varietes available like chickka tikka, qorma, curries, vegetables curries, lentils etc. it is really good.
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