Indian cooking relies heavily on the spices available to them in
their country. Curry, rice, yogurt and lamb are frequent ingredients
Many Indians are vegetarians eating mostly wheat, rice and lentils.
Chapati and Roti are types of Indian bread that is both unleavened
bread (meaning it doesn't rise).
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Food Facts about India
Many Indians eat from a metal plate or banana leaf
Indians eat with their hands
Rice is usually the main course of a meal
India is also Known for Several Famous Things:
Chess was invented in India
Bengal Tiger is found throughout India and is the national
animal of India
Algebra, trigonometry and calculus also originated from India.
India is one of the oldest countries in the world
Learn a Little Language
Indians greet each other by placing the palms of their hands
together, bowing and saying Namaste in greeting.
Indian Cooking: International Recipes
1 lb chicken, cut in cubes
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon gingerroot, minced or 1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 cup fat-free plain yogurt
Cut chicken into cubes and set aside. Sauté onion and garlic in oil.
Add chicken and brown. Stir in yogurt and spices. Turn to low and
simmer for 20 minutes. Serve with rice if desired.
½ Cup plain yogurt
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cardamom
1/8 teaspoon cumin
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon ginger
1 garlic clove
1 lb. Chicken legs and thighs or chicken breasts
Mix ingredients together and pour over chicken in a ziploc bag or
medium bowl. Marinate 4-24 hours. Bake, broil or grill.
½ Cup tamarind paste
½ Cup chopped pitted dates
2 cups water
½ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon salt
¾ cup brown sugar
Blend all ingredients together to make a thin sauce. Warm up in
saucepan. Serve with kabobs or other meat. Indian Kofta
1 lb lean ground beef or lamb
1 small onion, grated
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Add ingredients together in a large bowl. Blend together well by
kneading with your hands several minutes. Shape into sausages and
grill or bake.
Lassi Yogurt Drink
5 cups yogurt
5 cardamom pods
6 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon water
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
Remove seeds from cardamom pods and crush. In blender add yogurt,
cardamom seeds, water and sugar. Blend together several minutes.
Before serving sprinkle each glass with nutmeg.
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This is often the main protein dish in Indian cooking for families
who don't eat meat.
1 cup lentils
2 cups water
¾ teaspoon garlic
¾ teaspoon fresh minced ginger
½ teaspoon turmeric
1 cup water
¾ teaspoon salt
2 jalapeños peppers seeded and chopped
1 tomato, diced
2 tablespoons cilantro
In a saucepan simmer lentils, water and onion. Simmer over low heat
for 20 minutes covered with a lid. Puree lentil mixture in blender
and add in 1 cup water and salt. Put back on the stove and thicken
slightly. Stir in peppers, tomato and cilantro. Serve with rice if