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Indian food-sides?
« on: November 07, 2007, 12:38:07 PM »
We're having butter chicken over rice tonight with naan (providing all recipes turn out ok-lol). I was trying to come up with a side dish for the meal but don't have a clue. Does anyone have yummy ideas for Indian side dishes? The only criteria is that it can't be too spicy (think medium salsa type of heat) because DH doesn't like spicy.



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Re: Indian food-sides?
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2007, 04:27:27 PM »
Cucumber Raita:

1 c cucumber, peeled and chopped
1/2 c scallions, chopped
1/2 c yogurt or sour cream
Fresh coriander
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Top with a little chopped coriander or paprika.


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Re: Indian food-sides?
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2007, 10:28:28 AM »

Steam some rice, with a few saffron threads thrown in.  Saute onions, peppers, garlic in butter and mix in the rice.
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Re: Indian food-sides?
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2007, 04:02:21 AM »
Saag Aloo

5-6 potatoes (waxy not floury)
1tsp salt
1 lb fresh spinach
6tblsp oil or ghee (clarified butter)
1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
1 large finely chopped onion
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
1 tsp garam masala spice mix
1/8 tsp cayenne powder

Boil and drain potatoes. Wilt the spinach and squeeze. Chop the spinach finely

Heat the oil and fry the mustard seeds for a few seconds. Be careful because the do pop out of the pan. Add the onion and garlic, turn the heat down to medium and fry for 3-4 minutes. The onion should be slightly browned. Add the spinach and fry for 10 more minutes, stirring constantly. Add all the other ingredients and cook until warmed through.
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Re: Indian food-sides?
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2007, 05:33:37 AM »
I usually serve Indian food with rice and naan bread as well as

mango chutney
cucumber raita and maybe a mint raita
sometimes a potato or spinach side (kind of like the one Mechtilde mentioned)

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Re: Indian food-sides?
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2007, 10:34:44 PM »
Thanks to all for the suggestions-now I've got several yummy ideas to try!