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Indian Food for Beginners and Foreigners

Updated on December 19, 2009

Hey, just as any foreigner will tell you when they visit your country, one has to get use to the food. There are similarities and differences between the food in all countries. The food in Germany is rich, contains meat, potatoes, veggies. Vietnamese food is veggies but in a greasy format. American food is sort of a collage of all nations, but the basic would be meat, potatoes, veggies. Thai food seems to be less greasy than Vietnamese.

Indian food to the Westerner is either a pleasant or not so pleasant experience. The thing about it is spice. Lots of it and much of it is alien to Western tongues in its too much to handle. However, the most popular dishes for Indian cuisine for the foreigner are:

  1. Butter Chicken with Kaali Daal (black lentils)
  2. Tandoori Chicken
  3. Chicken Tikka Masala
  4. Rogan Josh (Lamb)
  5. Malai Kofta (veggie balls)
  6. Chole (chickpea curry) with Pooris (friend bread)
  7. Palak Paneer (spinach and cottage cheese)
  8. Chaat (potatoes, spices and chickpeas)
  9. Naan (hot bread)

Indian food was not popular in the US until the late 60s and only after many Indians immigrated here. The number of Indian food restaurants have grown but remain small when compared to the UK, which has over 10,000 of them! While the Brits are "head over heels" for Indian food, Americans have been cooler to embrace it probably because of the American taste for meat from cows and pork, both taboo in India due to culture. Another factor is America has a much more diverse ethnicity and is larger. Whether one travels to the west or east coast, it is the Spanish that have impacted America the most. Many of the lower east coast states like Florida, are 50% Cuban or Puerto Rican. Go to Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, it is Mexican culture by 50%. In either case, it is Spanish.

However, Americans love all kinds of food. We are use to that!


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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 7 years ago

      Some, but I am very careful with the spice.

    • Sam-nj profile image

      Sam-nj 7 years ago from China

      I cook Indian curry at home once a month, but with Curry past bought from supermarket, and i used have them with rice together.

      Do you every cook these dishes you mentioned ? :)