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    I've posted another fairly mild favourite, Lamb and Macadamia Curry. I'll start you all off with nice gentle curries (they don't have to be firey hot anyway, subtle spices are the key) and then we'll move on to something with more kick.
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    I completely loved the tandoori chicken!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dixie Normos View Post
    Mashed potatoes come in boxes?
    It's more like vaguely potato flavoured sawdust that you add milk to.

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    I've posted another fairly mild favourite, Lamb and Macadamia Curry. I'll start you all off with nice gentle curries (they don't have to be firey hot anyway, subtle spices are the key) and then we'll move on to something with more kick.
    Right, some people have that impression. My mother tried Indian food 40 years ago that was so hot she almost thought she'd need to be hospitalized, and was afraid to try it ever again. A few years ago I made chicken biriyani for her, which is rather mild, and she loved it. Now she's tried several different Indian dishes and she's loved them all. At most Indian restaurants I've been to, they'll tell you on the menu whether it's hot or mild.

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    Thanks so much A*O. I believe you said the dishes freeze well so I'm probably going to make all 3 you've posted today and I'll let you know my take on them. I'm sure I will love all of them...the bonus being I'll have a few meals ready to eat without the hassle of cooking next week~
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    I was very picky as a kid but decided I'd change that when I was in my early twenties. Thus started a great love affair with food in which I will try nearly anything and am always up for new food experiences. I fear I've become one of those annoying foodies but what the hell, at least it's good for you.
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    I'm going to try some of those curry recipes tommorrow I've got to go shopping tonight anyway so I'll pick up whatever I'm missing...

    and I think I'm going to go to the Dallas Museum Of Art next Wed. with my Dad so I think we'll maybe go and try out this awesome restaurant that serves a bunch of different European foods: Guidelive.com

    It sounds delicious and gets great reviews.
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    one of the grocery shops where i go has all different vegetarian soup mixes i'd like to try, i haven't even heard of some of the ingredients when i look at the labels lol

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    I tried Edamame (sp?) yesterday, it was pretty good!
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    And I am officially in love with couscous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenna View Post
    It's more like vaguely potato flavoured sawdust that you add milk to.



    Right, some people have that impression. My mother tried Indian food 40 years ago that was so hot she almost thought she'd need to be hospitalized, and was afraid to try it ever again. A few years ago I made chicken biriyani for her, which is rather mild, and she loved it. Now she's tried several different Indian dishes and she's loved them all. At most Indian restaurants I've been to, they'll tell you on the menu whether it's hot or mild.
    OMG, a guy at our company wouldn't let me order from the best Indian place for our staff lunch, wouldn't even look at the menu (there were more than 50 items on it!) just refused to let me order. Grrr, people who judge things before they try them, or lump all cultural foods onto one racist plate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dixie Normos View Post
    OMG, a guy at our company wouldn't let me order from the best Indian place for our staff lunch, wouldn't even look at the menu (there were more than 50 items on it!) just refused to let me order. Grrr, people who judge things before they try them, or lump all cultural foods onto one racist plate.

    Oh curry/Indian food is pretty popular here, I'm surprised. There was an article in a local paper that even said there's a curry chef shortage (I only glanced the headline by the way...didn't read the article)

    Where's this restaurant Dixie?

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    ^ It's on the North Shore, called "Flavour of India" LOOK at all this stuff, there's something for everyone!
    Appetizers

    Chicken Tikka
    (House Specialty)
    Boneless chicken breast marinated in 2% yogurt, garlic, ginger and spices. Roasted on skewers and cooked in clay oven. Served with fresh lettuce, lemon wedge, yogurt and mint chutney. $7.95Shammi Kebab
    (House Specialty)
    Minced lamb blended with onions, ginger, garlic, mint, and spices. Fried and served with yogurt and mint chutney. $6.95Vegetable Samosa Vegetables and spices stuffed into a thin triangular pastry and deep fried. Served with curried chick peas and chutney. $3.95Lamb Samosa Meat, chopped onions and spices stuffed into thin pastry and deep fried. Comes with curried chick peas and chutney. $3.95Samosa Combination One each of the above served with curried chick peas and chutney. $3.95Dahi Bhalle Lentil cakes in yogurt topped with sweet & sour tamarind chutney. Sprinkled with roasted ground cumin seed, black salt, spices and raisins. $4.25Vegetable Pakora An assortment of fresh vegetables. Dipped in gram flour (chick peas flour) spiced batter and fried. Served with chutney. $6.95Back
    Soups

    Mulligatawny Soup Home-made traditional chicken soup with lentils and fresh vegetables - delicately spiced. $4.50Vegetable and Lentil Soup Home-made soup with fresh vegetables and lentils, simmered and prepared with traditional herbs and spices. $4.50Back
    Tandoori Delight (from our clay oven)

    Tandoori Chicken Chicken marinated in yogurt, garlic, ginger and house masala. Broiled in our Tandoor (clay oven). $9.95Chicken Tikka Boneless breast of chicken marinated overnight and barbecued in our tandoor. $10.95Seekh Kebab Minced lamb blended with spices and herbs, then barbecued on skewers in our tandoor. $10.95(Above dishes served with fresh green lettuce garnished with tomato, English cucumber and lemon wedge accompanied with mint and cilantro chutney)Back
    Chicken Entrees

    Chicken Daal Boneless chicken prepared with creamed lentils. $9.95Chicken Korma Boneless chicken mildly spiced with yogurt and various spices. $9.95Jeera Chicken Boneless chicken breast marinated with spices and herbs. Cooked to perfection with roasted cumin and onions. $10.95Chicken Tikka Masala
    (House Specialty)
    Chicken breast marinated for 24 hours then cooked on skewers in clay oven. Prepared with special curry sauce. $12.95Murg Makhani
    (House Specialty)
    Boneless butter chicken tandoori cooked in a rich butter sauce and fresh cream. $9.95Bhuna Mushroom Chicken Diced boneless chicken cooked with methi leaves (fenugreek), tomatoes and fresh mushrooms. $10.95Chicken Curry Chicken cooked in tomato and onion sauce with ground ginger and garlic. $8.95Saag Chicken Chicken cooked in sauce made from chopped spinach, ginger, garlic and tomatoes. $9.95Chicken Vindaloo (A hot zesty south Indian curry.) Boneless chicken cooked with potatoes in tangy sharp gravy. $9.95Murg Mussalam Boneless chicken cooked with fresh shredded garlic, ginger and onions. Enriched with spices, yogurt and fresh cilantro. Ideal in combination with unbuttered tandoori naan. $11.95Back
    Lamb Entrees

    Rogan Josh Boneless lamb cooked with cardamom seed juice, spices and herbs. Mildly prepared to perfection in creamy sauce. $9.95Lamb Saag Gosht Lamb cooked in spinach sauce, ginger, garlic, onions and tomatoes. $9.95Lamb Curry Lamb in traditional curry sauce. $8.95Bhuna Gosht Lamb A very robust dish cooked dry in the meat's own juices with tomatoes, ginger and garlic. $9.95Lamb Vindaloo (Hot and zesty south Indian curry.) Tender lamb cooked in sharply spiced onion, vinegar and tomato gravy. $9.95Lamb Daal Gosht
    (House Specialty)
    Curried lamb cooked with lentils and fresh ground spices. $9.95Keema Matar Fresh lean Australian minced lamb with onions, ginger, garlic and spices. Prepared with peas and fresh tomatoes. $9.95Back
    Beef Entrees

    Beef Curry Aged beef cooked in onion, garlic, and ginger sauce. $8.95Bhuna Beef Well aged beef cooked dry in the meat's own juices with tomatoes, ginger and garlic in thick gravy. $9.95Beef Saag Gosht Aged beef cooked in spinach sauce, garlic, ginger and tomatoes. $9.95Beef Daal Gosht
    (House Specialty)
    Tender curried beef further cooked with lentils and fresh ground spices. $9.95Beef Vindaloo Tender beef cooked in sharply spiced onion, vinegar and tomato sauce. $9.95Back
    Seafood

    Makhani Machi
    (House Specialty)
    Barbecued fish pieces prepared in spicy rich butter sauce. $10.95Fish Curry Fish marinated with fresh lemon juice, onions, ginger, and garlic. Cooked with curry sauce. $9.95Prawn Masala Prawns cooked with fresh shredded garlic, ginger and onions. Enriched with spices, yogurt and fresh cilantro. $12.95Back
    Goat Entrees

    Bakra Curry Goat meat cooked with fresh ginger, garlic, herbs and spices. $10.95Saag Bakra Bakra cooked with fresh spinach and spices. $11.95Back
    Rice Entrees

    Meat Biriani of the Day Rice cooked with chicken, lamb, beef, or 1/2 dozen prawns. Please ask your server for daily choices. $10.95Vegetable Biriani
    (House Specialty)
    Carrots, peas, potatoes, cauliflower, mushrooms, and seasonal vegetables cooked with basmati rice, and garnished with cilantro. $9.95Rice Pillau (Pilaf) Fine Indian basmati rice cooked with onions and flavoured with roasted cumin seeds. $2.95Plain Basmati Rice Steamed white rice. $2.50Back
    Vegetable Entrees

    Aaloo Palak Spinach and potatoes cooked with ginger, garlic and authentic spices. $9.95Mixed Vegetables Season fresh vegetables cooked in mild vegetable curry sauce. $9.95Malai Kofta
    (House Specialty)
    Vegetable koftas prepared with yogurt and various Indian spices. $9.95Dal Makhni Creamed lentils fried in garlic butter and garnished with unsalted butter and fresh cilantro. All-time favourite in India. $9.95Vegetable Biriani
    (House Specialty)
    Carrots, peas, potatoes, cauliflower, mushrooms, and seasonal vegetables cooked with premium basmati rice, and flavoured with fresh cilantro. $9.95Daal Turka Creamed lentils with aromatic spices. Cooked with fresh tomatoes, ginger and garlic. $8.95Chana Masala Chick peas cooked with spices, tomatoes, and seasoned fresh potatoes. $8.95Bengan - Bharta Whole eggplants roasted over an open flame, mashed and sauteed with herbs and onions. $9.95Matter Paneer Fresh home-made cheese cubes cooked with curried peas. $9.95Saag Paneer Homemade cheese in a curried spinach sauce, blended with a touch of fresh cream. $9.95Aaloo Gobi Cauliflower cooked with onions, garlic, ginger, and a combination of spices. $9.95Aaloo Curry Potatoes cooked in special Flavour of India vegetarian curry sauce. $8.95Aaloo Mattar Potatoes and peas prepared with a variety of spices and garnished with fresh cilantro. $9.95Back
    Indian Bread - Fresh Baked in our Clay Oven

    Tandoori Roti Wholewheat Tandoori bread cooked in clay oven $1.75Onion & Cilantro Naan Fresh onions and cilantro mixed with light spices and cooked in clay oven. $2.75Plain Pratha Wholewheat bread cooked on a flat pan. $2.50Aloo Pratha Wholewheat bread stuffed with mashed potatoes and various spices. Cooked with unsalted butter. $3.00Flavour of India's Special Naan Naan stuffed with minced lamb and baked in our tandoor. $3.25Garlic Naan Naan bread dough prepared with fresh garlic and baked in our tandoor. $2.25Naan Leavened bread of fine flour baked in our tandoor. $2.00Chapati Flat, whole wheat bread cooked on a griddle. $1.25Back
    Side Dishes

    Raita Cool whipped yogurt with cucumbers, potatoes and tomatoes. $2.95Papadum Spicy lentil crackers. $.75Mango Chutney Tangy mango chutney. $1.50Dahi Bhalle Lentil cakes in yogurt topped with sweet and sour tamarind chutney. Sprinkled with roasted ground cumin seed, spices, black salt and raisins. $4.25Mixed Pickle $1.50Plain Yogurt $2.50Cilantro & Pudina (Mint) Chutney $1.50Indian Salad $3.00Back
    Desserts

    Kheer Khaas Fine quality basmati rice cooked in milk, pistachios, almonds and raisins. Flavoured with rose water. $3.95Mango Ice Cream Home-made mango ice cream (Strawberry, Banana, and Pistachio Nut flavours also available). $3.50Gulab Jamun Deep fried cakes in syrup. $3.50
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    So I have some recipes for brussels sprouts that I am willing to try....

    I think I am going to go with the simple 'Double Drizzled Sprouts'.

    'Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut 1 lb. fresh brussels sprouts into halves and place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper. Roast for 14 to 18 minutes or until tender. Place sprouts in a bowl and drizzle with 1 tsp. sherry vinegar or lemon juice.'

    I got it from Women's Health magazine. It's a great magazine. They've got a bunch of healthy recipes I think I'll try. (All full of stuff I haven't tried before!)
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    I LOVE brussel sprouts.. they're like little baby cabbages.. so delish. I eat them with a bit of salt, steamed, alone... I just love how they taste, I can't explain it.

    I tend to stay away from animal products I've never tried before... I tried calimari... it was okay until I picked up a whole one and I saw it's little head and tentacles.. and then my mom made the comparison to eating lizard tails.. yuck. I've had venison, pate, raw tuna, unagi, tripas (intestines.. that's was interesting)... But, I've strayed from being adventuresome with meats, especially since I went through a vegetarian phase.

    I do want to try couscous. And hummus. The only thing that keeps me reserved when trying new foods is the calorie/fat content.. I'm weird about that.

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    Shop bought hummus is crap. Make it yourself. Easy peasy.

    Take one food processor
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    1 can chickpeas (drained, but keep the 'juice' stuff)
    2 cloves garlic
    2 tbsps tahini (sesame paste, available in all healthfood shops and large supermarkets)
    Juice of half a lemon
    Pinch salt and pepper
    4 tbsps plain lo fat yogurt
    1 tbsp olive oil

    Blitz in the processor until smooth, adding a little of the chickpea 'juice' if it looks too thick. Add a little more tahini and/or olive oil to taste.

    Voila! Keeps in a tupperware in the fridge for several days.
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