Best Chinese and Indian Recipes to prepare at home

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    Jan 27, 2013 9:16 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    So lately I've been spending a lot of my "meal" times in chinese / indian restaurants.

    But I would love to begin making indian and chinese dishes at home.

    Would love to get recipes of the BEST dishes you tasted or know how to makes from these two cuisines.

    I can google them but I want recommendations of dishes you tried and liked.

    And I am not a culinary pro, so you gotta go easy on me. Spoon feed me the ingredients, preparation and cooking method, etc...

    Thanks & Cheers
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    Jan 27, 2013 9:50 PM GMT
    Well, you can never really go wrong with a good stir fry. Aside from being very quick and easy to make, it's also very satisfying if you have a good balance of veggies to protein. There are countless stir fry recipes out there that worth exploring, some more authentically Chinese and others more Americanized Chinese. But stir fry tends to be my go-to meal when I'm pressed for time, feeling lazy, or have a bunch of veggies to use up. Plus, a lot of supermarkets these days carry frozen or fresh mixed veggie medleys for stir fry, so you don't need to seek out every single vegetable on its own unless you want to do so! Simply a matter of convenience, your cutting and cooking abilities, and your budget.

    I don't believe I've ever made the exact same stir fry twice. I always do something a little different in each one, so I probably have 50+ mental recipes every time I make a stir fry.

    Of course, I can think of other countless Chinese dishes that I love to make, but I was suggesting stir fry because most people are familiar with that and can make it with minimal effort. Good place to start.
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    Jan 27, 2013 10:11 PM GMT
    A home made British Tikka Masala is great. This recipe is from the Nintendo DS Cooking Guide (which is actually brilliant!):

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Chicken-Tikka-Masala-with-Turmeric-Rice/
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    Jan 27, 2013 11:18 PM GMT
    sum yung guy.
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    Jan 27, 2013 11:57 PM GMT
    Is "Beef With Broccoli" Chinese? I heard it comes from an ancient recipe! icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 28, 2013 12:21 AM GMT
    Neight saidIs "Beef With Broccoli" Chinese? I heard it comes from an ancient recipe! icon_lol.gif


    Broccoli is originally from the Mediterranean that expanded during the Roman Empire. Perhaps the Chinese got a hold of it then? Unless we're talking about Chinese broccoli or other similar, related vegetables native to China.

    Beef and broccoli is wonderful, though. Love it with tons of garlic, ginger, and hot peppers.
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    Jan 28, 2013 12:49 AM GMT
    One of my favorite Korean dishes, jjajangmyeon, comes from the Chinese dish, zha jiang mian.

    I've not had the original Chinese yet. I know the Korean version is pretty much its own thing, but still good!

    I'll have look up what the differences are between the two. All I know is that upon first sight, the Korean kind looks a lot saucier. And surely enough most Korean restaurants I've been to drown the noodles in the sauce, lol.
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    Jan 28, 2013 9:56 AM GMT
    Have a look at some video of Indian recipes




    http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-make-chicken-bhuna-2?sourcelink=verticalrecommendation
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    Jan 28, 2013 1:13 PM GMT
    yourname2000 saidDon't forget Thai!

    We love Thai! (Great suggestions & pics, BTW). And those are doable at home.

    As for Chinese, many dishes are stir fry, for which I contend a good wok is essential. It's not just the steel material alone, but also the cooking method, and how you push the food up onto the sides between emersion in the hot oil.

    Unfortunately many American home electric cooktops don't work well with a wok, especially the glass tops. Gas burners are best, which perhaps the OP has in Italy, or wherever he is now. Every electric wok I've seen sold in the US has non-stick coating over thin-gauge metal, which cook terrible.
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    Jan 28, 2013 6:30 PM GMT
    Sorry but too annoying to type out a bunch of Chinese recipes because they can be pretty involved.

    My sil forever requests a szechuan pepper cucumber I do but even that simple side dish is sliced, seeded, salted & pressed in paper towels, quite the process even before marinating. And for a while the so-called peppercorns (actually berries) were tough to find during an import ban.

    I used to enjoy cooking Chinese when I did a lot of dinner parties back in my 30s. But as a single guy in his 50s in a new city and not doing dinner parties, take out is so much less work than cleaning wok splatter.

    Much of Chinese cooking is in the presentation so here's one I lifted for you from my well-worn http://www.amazon.com/Everything-Want-About-Chinese-Cooking/dp/0812019881

    Instant 1000-year-old eggs

    For the presentation value of your table. Basically they just taste like eggs but they're fun to serve....

    8 eggs
    3 cups water
    1T dark soy
    1 star anise
    2t salt
    2T green tea leaves

    boil eggs hard (10 minutes)
    immerse in cold water to cool
    tap shells gently with a table spoon to make fine cracks, leaving shell on egg

    combine tea leaf mixture in pot
    bring to boil
    add eggs
    bring back to boil
    simmer 30 minutes
    remove from heat
    let come to room temp
    remove eggs from mixture and shells from eggs, slice or serve whole.
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    Jan 28, 2013 6:57 PM GMT
    For Sichuan and Hunan foods, look at Fuschia Dunlop's cookbooks. They are excellent.
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    Jan 28, 2013 8:55 PM GMT
    Chinese fast food is very unhealthy. Some indian curry dishes too. So if you can avoid adding too many oils, salts, fat that would be best. I won't eat chinese food unless it is a good seafood restaurant. Everything is just fried in grease otherwise and you wouldn't believe the food prep going on in the back. I love indian food. It is very hard to make all the spices and mixtures to taste right. A lot of it is to add more garlic and butter to the mix and sometimes sour cream or cream. So only the garlic is really the only thing healthy there. One good thing with Indian is that you don't have to add salt if you don't want. One spice I really like is mustard seeds. Little kernels that you fry in the very beginning with your garlic and onions. There are so many other spices that make the flavor. You can add lemon juice instead of salt. I make saag paneer, lamb korma, aloo gobi and it helps with an indian couple across the street to bring food over to me and a little india community nearby.
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    Jan 28, 2013 9:12 PM GMT
    bus9ja2d saidA home made British Tikka Masala is great. This recipe is from the Nintendo DS Cooking Guide (which is actually brilliant!):

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Chicken-Tikka-Masala-with-Turmeric-Rice/

    Damn you Britishers, now you guys have stolen Indian dishes too icon_razz.gif
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    Jan 28, 2013 9:14 PM GMT
    If I have craving for Indian food I mostly put all the spices I have at home and cook them with rice,vegetables and some kind of meat. It doesn't taste bad.
    Go buy different kind of spices and try it. Just don't put too much of anything.Its easy icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 28, 2013 11:07 PM GMT
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    bus9ja2d saidA home made British Tikka Masala is great. This recipe is from the Nintendo DS Cooking Guide (which is actually brilliant!):

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Chicken-Tikka-Masala-with-Turmeric-Rice/

    Damn you Britishers, now you guys have stolen Indian dishes too icon_razz.gif


    Here you can have one of our dishes in return:

    http://www.channel4.com/4food/recipes/popular-cuisines/british/spotted-dick-recipe

    It has a very silly name and we don't want it any more.
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    Jan 28, 2013 11:27 PM GMT
    Thanks for the Spotted Dick recipe. I didn't realize it was that easy to make.

    I grew up on suet puddings for Christmas and they always bring back great memories.
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    Jan 28, 2013 11:36 PM GMT
    LJay saidThanks for the Spotted Dick recipe. I didn't realize it was that easy to make.

    I grew up on suet puddings for Christmas and they always bring back great memories.


    Ha no worries icon_biggrin.gif