I don’t know why Indian food has to be so expensive. I know there are a lot of spices involved and of course, chopping and prep of all the ingredients.
Having tired to make the whole gamut at home several times, I know personally, that the purchase of the spices and measuring out of all the ingredients takes a hefty budget and full day of cooking.
But we’re talking restaurant prep here. They can buy in bulk and prepare in bulk, so what’s the big deal? I don’t understand why each dish that really only serves one person or two at the most should cost so much. We have never gotten out of an Indian restaurant for under $60 -80 for the two of us. Still, we love what can be done with a simple vegetable when it comes to Indian food! So, we keep going back.
Here are some of the dishes we like to order:
- Samosas are gorgeous spiced lumps of cauliflower, potato, and spices wrapped in a tortilla-like covering and fried until golden and crispy. These are served with a variety of spicy sauces including; hot yellow curry, green mild herbs, and a hot sweet red sauce. Other appetizers might include skewers of lamb or spicy chicken, spicy garbanzo beans, or fried spinach in a crispy batter.
- Naan bread is like a puffy wheat tortilla and usually made with garlic or ghee spread on top.
- Mulligatawny soup means “Pepper Water” and is an English adaptation of a traditional spiced pea and lentil Indian peasant dish.
- Dal is cooked yellow lentils in a broth and can be either mild or spicy.
- Chicken Tandoor is marinated chicken in a spicy tumeric yogurt sauce and then cooked in a special clay oven. Don’t count on being able to recognize the pieces of chicken as they have a way of cutting up a whole chicken that makes it unrecognizable. This is usually served on a bed of onions, peppers, and lemon wedges sizzling hot!
- Saag Paneer is my personal favorite. It is cheese curds sauteed with spinach, onions, and spices.
- Chana Pindi is garbanzo beans, onions, peppers, spices, and tomatoes sauteed into a luscious, flavorful dish.
- Vegetarian Korma Navratan is cashew cream with vegetables
The left overs make a wonderfully spicy snack the next day!
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