Questions tagged [indian-cuisine]

Questions with this tag should be about traditional ingredients, preparations or dishes from India - such as curries, naan, chaats, chutneys and desserts. Questions about ingredients common to Indian-style cooking, but which aren't about a specific Indian dish, should not use this tag.

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How can I make moong dal crepe crispy?

I'm making a north Indian snack for my toddler, he likes crispy textures. Moong dal ground with water, added chopped onion and cilantro. The batter was thin like a crepe batter and cooked in frying ...
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Is natural yoghurt & soured cream a good replacement for khatta dahi (Indian sour yoghurt/'curd')

Dahi is a natural unpasteurised yoghurt eaten as-is and an ingredient in India, aka curd in Indian English (different to curd in Br/Am E. though). Khatta dahi is more soured (khatta means sour). What'...
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which mixer should I use to grind idli batter in USA?

I have been struggling with making soft idlis. I live in the US. I have tried many recipes but none of them gave soft idlis. I suspect it might be because of the grainy batter. I am using Ninja ...
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Which appliance to use for masala chai?

Many regions have special devices or at least custom namings to brew tea and similar beverages: Teapot in Western countries Caydalnik in Turkey Samovar in Russia Samavar in Kashmir Is there any ...
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Should there be any problem cooling Mysore Pak outside a refrigerator?

I am interested to make Mysore Pak, the Indian sub-continent lightly-roasted Besan (Chickpea flour) based cake. I can indeed lightly-roast one cup of Besan, add one cup of sugar directly together ...
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How Does Too Much Oil in Indian Mughlai Food Makes It Tasty?

What is the explanation of oily food being tasty? How does extra oil enhances taste? It is evident North Indian food specialy Mughlai food uses too much oil and it is also true too much oil makes ...
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What is an optimal way to make tandoori roti and naan in big green egg?

Big green egg (and other kamado style ovens) can be used for many kinds of different breads. What is an optimal way to bake naan and/or tandoori roti in an egg( large size)? Traditionally clay ovens ...
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Dosa Batter Fermentation

How do you know when the batter is fermented enough but not too much? Is it to taste/preference?
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Are there any books which explain Indian cooking in terms of science? [duplicate]

My attempt to make a paneer curry taste similar to restaurant is turning into a mad goose chase. I've literally tried 100s of recipes shown on Google, YouTube, etc, but I'm not getting the taste ...
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Can you make tandoori rotis with chickpea / green pea flour?

I would like to know if it is at all possible to make tandoori roti with chick-pea or green pea flour. Also is it just as simple as grinding dry peas into fine dust and using it as a substitute for ...
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Why does garam masala powder taste bland?

Garam masala is meant to taste sweet. However the powder I use doesnt taste sweet it tastes bland. I imagine this is because the powder has oxidised over time. Is oxidation really that bad that it ...
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Interpreting recipes from a different culture (specifically India) [closed]

I've tried to make dahi (indian "curd", or yogurt) a few times, but it has always turned out more like cottage cheese (English "curds and whey") than like yogurt. This isn't necessarily bad (the whey ...
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What green chilli is being referred to in an indian lamb sheek kebab recipe?

I'm looking at a recipe for an Indian lamb seekh kebab and it says green chilli without specifying the variety. I am assuming green chilli can mean anything from green bell peppers to hot green ...
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My iron tawa pan is flaking, how do I fix it? [duplicate]

I don't think my pan is cast iron which is why I am posting this here. I revived my cast iron pan and it performs beautifully. I use the cast iron pan for doas/pancakes. The iron pan is lighter but ...
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Cashew flour in Kaju Katli

All of the recipies for Kaju Katli I've looked at says I should make my own cashew powder but I was wondering if I could substitute it with store bought cashew flour. I'm not sure what the difference ...
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How to properly soak urad beans?

So today I tried one of my (as I have recently learned not so genuine) Indian dishes: Dal Makhni (also Dal Makhani). There are different recipes, some mix urad beans with red kidney beans, I went for ...
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What's the name of this Indian dish I had?

I had a dish recently at an Indian restaurant called Andhra(?) chicken. It was written in marker so I'm not sure about the h in there. The dish consisted of breaded pieces of chicken that were fried ...
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Home made biriyani masala paste

What is the permitted preservative for biriyani paste? How much quantity of what should I add? My masala has ginger, garlic paste, onions, tomatoes, green chillies, spice powders, mint and coriander ...
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Under burnt layer prevention for briyani [duplicate]

When I cook briyani on a electric stove top, how do I prevent the bottom layer of the dish in the pot from burning?
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How does the process of tempering in indian dishes generally work?

I am trying to understand the tadka (tempering) technique or procedure Indian meals. Is the a specific order in which spices go in in order to avoid overcooking some which are more delicate? I ...
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Dal stays hard after frying tarka

I have a problem with hard dal after frying. Can someone explain the cause. I made a tarka for lemon rice yesterday and added 1 tsp of urid dal to the frying mixture as called for in the recipe. Left ...
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Is there any difference between chakki and stoneground whole wheat flour?

Many websites have been telling that stoneground white whole wheat flour outside India yields lofty breads but 'CHAKKI MILLED' white whole wheat flour gives dense and crumbly breads. Take a look ...
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Could someone please clarify whether the following things make sense while cooking chicken biryani?

I've trying multiple iterations to cook chicken biryani like how the restaurants do it. However, after going over various recipes online and trying them out, I'm starting to wonder whether the ...
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How do I add a strong "onion flavor" to the biryani (in restaurant style)?

I've had chicken biryani in restaurants and their biryanis taste extremely different from what we prepare at home. I'm not sure how to describe it except that it's an "onion flavor". We've got loads ...
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Can I substitute Maida Flour for All Purpose Flour for making Tortillas?

I'm attempting to make a Hot Cheeto Burrito. I've already subbed the Flaming Cheetos with a local substitute (Kurkure), and I'm going to make the Tortilla myself too. I have both Maida and Atta at ...
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Substitution for curry powder

Can garam masala be used as a substitute for curry powder or vice versa? Garam Masala also known as all spice powder
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Does microwaving fully cook chapatis?

I saw a video on how to make chapatis and someone made a comment saying you must allow chapatis to fully inflate because it is the steam inside them that cooks them and not fully inflating means you ...
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Is it useful to retain the myoglobin of meat which has collected as a fluid at the bottom of the container?

This is in India. I purchase fresh meat (chicken/beef) from the shop and sometimes keep it in the freezer until I'm ready to pressure-cook it on some other day. I noticed that after thawing it in ...
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How can I improve my chicken curry recipe?

So, I’ve been experimenting with making curry and drew upon various recipes I found online. The common threads that I found were the following: Using onions, garlic, and ginger as a base Using ...
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First time and small batch biryani

I've dreamt of making biryani for some time, but have always felt intimidated by the layers and spices I'd need to buy. Any ideas for a small pot version of biryani? My friend's dad makes it ...
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Why is the English word "curry" used for all these different dishes?

More like meta-cooking question, but I believe it fits here better than on travel stack. Why is English so poor at differentiating all those different things hidden under one common name: curry? Is ...
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How to prevent shami kabab from breaking at the time of frying them?

I am making shami kabab, but the kababs are breaking when fried although the pre-frying mixture is hard. What should I do to prevent them from breaking? It spoils their look.
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How do I tone down biryani that is too spicy?

I am making biryani and unfortunately, the chili is too much and I don't know how to tone down the spiciness of biryani. I want to tone down the chili. I found some solutions are given below to ...
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How do you split Chickpeas?

I'm currently reading a South-Indian cookbook which is adamant that you only use split chickpeas in the recipes, but I can only find the unsplit variety. What does it actually mean to split chickpeas ...
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Why asafoetida clumps in hot oil?

Introduction While making vegetable recipe we generally initiate with same procedure for every vegetable i.e. in 2 spoon of hot oil we put mustard, cumin, and asafoetida before adding pieces of any ...
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When to add Milk powder while preparing a cup of Tea (Chai)?

Tea is prepared by adding water+sugar+tea powder in a bowl, and boiled it properly. After pouring into the cup, I added 2 spoon of milk powder (Nestle product) and stirred up well. But I found big ...
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Reason of putting clarified ghee on Modak

"Modak" is the sweet dish generally prepared for Lord Ganesha in India. "Ukadiche Modak" is the sub-type of Modak. It is usually cooked in steamer. It does not get fried (or deep fried). I would like ...
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Why isn't my roti soft?

I have tried this recipe but i want roti more soft. Roti recipe 500 g Wheat flour 15 g Salt 50 g Oil 300 g Water or as required
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How can I reheat Onion Bhajis without an oven or hub to make them crispy?

The UK lunch culture being what it is, microwaveable ready meals and snacks are a big thing, and most companies have a microwave and a toaster. While that works well for store-bought ready meal ...
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A recipe instructs to boil a whole head of cabbage, can I boil individual leaves instead?

In Madhur Jaffrey's An Invitation to Indian Cooking, her recipe for Cabbage leaves stuffed with potatoes instructs you to boil the cabbage leaves by submerging the entire head of cabbage in a large ...
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cooking Nan bread

I don't have space for any more kitchen equipment, or money to waste. I want to cook nan breads but I don't have a tawa ( a sort of skillet) I do have a metal bakers peel that I use to put pizzaz in ...
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Does turmeric have a definitive taste?

I’ve made recipes that included turmeric, and I’ve read articles about its health benefits, but I’ve made the same recipes without turmeric without any noticeable taste difference - the lovely color ...
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Why fry a teaspoon of dal to start an Indian dish?

Some Indian recipes ask the cook to fry a very small quantity of dal, e.g. "3/4 teaspoon of urid dal", at the beginning of cooking a dish which doesn't otherwise contain dal. Examples here and here, ...
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Getting rid of raw onion taste without the frying process?

I'm trying to find a reliable way to make a good base gravy for British Indian Restaurant (BIR) curry -- for those that don't know, this is essentially the adapted form of Indian curry cooking used in ...
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Water collects around cooked idlis in my steamer

I am running into a problem where water collects around my cooked idlis. I have used the steamer for about 7 years with no issues. All of a sudden, I am seeing that the top most idly tier is fine ...
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Pressure Cooker suitable for traditional Indian dishes, available in Europe

I would like to try recipes from Urvashi Pitre's Indian Instant Pot Cookbook: Traditional Indian Dishes Made Easy and Fast. However, buying the original Instant Pot pressure cooker does not seem to be ...
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substitute for snakehead fish

A friend of mine mentioned he wished he could find snakehead fish (Channa marulius) to make me a fish curry his mother used to make him in India. I haven't been able to find a source of this fish ...
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What is the correct way to make china grass ready for Falooda?

People familiar with Indian desert Falooda will be in a better position to answer this question. I tried to recreate at home a Falooda that I had outside, ingredients were milk, sabza (Basil seeds), ...
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Northern Indian Cuisine - Garam Masala Without Cumin

I love Northern Indian cuisine, but am allergic to cumin. Can anyone suggest a substitute for cumin to use in making garam masala from Northern India?
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can you saute lentils with butter (masoor dal)

After cooking masoor dal in pressure cooker, I used to saute it with ghee but since I don't have ghee and it's midnight, can I saute it with butter? will it taste bad?