MFIAC ep 4 – A culinary trip to India

Hello and welcome back to the forth episode of our series “My friend is a Cook”! In the middle of a busy week, there is nothing better than some food from the land that celebrates spices. In this video, we bring to you two Indian dishes — Dal Tadka and Aloo Gobi — which are extremely easy to make with the basic spices available in most homes. For this, we welcomed our new friend Arathi into our kitchen and let’s just say it was a fun, and delicious night! 
For a FULL RECIPE, check our post “Dal Tadka recipe“.

Let’s get started!

What makes a real Indian food?

As you know, what defines Indian dishes are the blend of spices. But what you need to remember is that the spices should not overpower the taste of the vegetables. So be mild with the usage. Apart from spices, other things that add the special flavor to Indian dishes include mint leaves, coconut, fresh green chilies (might be too spicy for some) and curry leaves. 

Once you feel the vegetables are starting to cook, do a taste test. This will help you determine if more spices need to be added. 

Try to buy spices from an Indian supermarket or an Asian market. They will be more authentic and will work well with the vegetables and meat you are cooking. Bought a lot of spices at one go and don’t know what to do with the leftovers? Do not worry because most spices stay for a long time; just ensure you store them in a dark cabinet without moisture. 

Now that you know the tips to prepare a real Indian meal, go check the video and make your friend amazed about your new dishes! Arathi has made the recipe as simple as possible so that not only Indians but also non-Indians who enjoy Indian cuisine can easily prepare it without much effort. 

“Dal” basically means lentils. Dal is a staple dish in most of India because of its protein content.

It made frequently in most northern Indian homes thanks to the obvious ease in preparation and the high nutrient content. It is generally consumed with rice or flatbread.

Check our FULL VIDEO for recipes.
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