2. Experiment with dishes you know everyone likes, so no one ever gets tired of the same old dishes. If your family is used to eating chicken vindaloo, try exposing them to lamb vindaloo or paneer vindaloo. Instead of making regular, plain naan, try making naan withgarlic or even cream cheese and chives. Take a walk on the wild side and try stuffing samosas with food products you’ve never used before.
3. Discover recipes to new dishes online. For instance, you can look up recipes to South Indian dishes that make use of rice and lentils in creative ways. Look into idlis, vadas, and dosas. Feel free to expand your knowledge of Indian cuisine as much as you like.
4. Make sure you have the right appliances to cook Indian food. A blender is necessary to make chutneys and sauces. Get a knife sharp enough to cut onions and other necessities quickly. Consider investing in a vegetable steamer to steam your vegetables to perfection. Tongs are good to handle your naan while it’s cooking. A pressure cooker is also an ideal investment because it allows you to cook beans fast.
5. Get the whole family to chip in when it’s time to wash dishes and clean the kitchen. Cooking at home shouldn’t be a one-person job. Encourage family members to help out with both the cooking and cleaning. This will make cooking your favorite Indian meals less stressful.
So, get all the essentials you need to cook Indian meals for the week on your next weekly trip to the grocery store. You’ll be stunned by how much money you can save eating in, and your family will be astounded by how much home-cooked Indian dishes taste like the ones in restaurants!
– James Kim
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