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We are 300 fans from getting to 7500 Fans mark. We need your help to get us to that milestone quickly. Once we hit the 7500 fans mark, we will give 1 lucky winner a copy of Aditya Bal's "Chakle India". Aditya Bal is a model turned chef from India. Cooking was always his passion and as part of the NDTV Good Times show he was able to travel around India and try some local recipes. The result was Amritsari Paneer Bhurji, Kosha Mangsho, Goan Prawn and Mango Ambotik, Malabari Prawn curry and Moru Sambhar, amongst many other mouthwatering creations! A foodie’s delight, the recipes in this book, spanning meat, chicken, fish & seafood, and vegetarian dishes as well as an array of snacks and sweets are not only simple to try but also promise a complete and delctable
feast celebrating what is wonderfully Indian.
In order to win this cookbook, you have to do the following
- You must be a Facebook Fan of our website. You can sign up as a fan by visiting the Indian Foods Guide.com Facebook Fan page and joining as a fan.
- You must click the "Like" button on any post related to this contest. You will get an entry for each time you click the "Like" button.
- We would greatly appreciate it if you would help spread the message (by sharing this link with your friends) and get others to sign up as fans too. We will announce more giveaways, such as cookbooks, dinners etc as we hit new milestones.
- The more you share and encourage your friends to join the quicker we will reach the 7500 fan milestone.
Thank you for being a fan and supporting our effort to help build a better site dedicated to Indian food.
Rules of the Contest:
1. The contest is open to everyone no matter where you live.
2. The contest will be open till the we hit the 7500 mark.
3. We will announce the winners after we hit the mark. If the winner does not want the prize, we will pick another winner. The winner is responsible for any customs duty applicable in their country. We will send the prize by regular post.
With almost 300 entries, the Winner of our contest is Maddie Chera. We will contact the winner via FB message. If we don't hear from the winner in 2-3 days, we will announce another winner. Thank you for participating.
Would you eat at a restaurant offering "1 Bowel of Sambar" or an "Anguish Burger"? The British left us the English language and its been murdered by many but probably the restaurant industry has really killed it over and over again. I am not sure why this happens but its very common to find typos in the menus of Indian restaurants all over the world and some of its makes for very funny reading. In this article we present some funny ones that we have come across like
- The Bombay Anguish Burger
- A Bowel of Sambar
- Lamb, Chicken and Seafood Entries and possibly the most famous of them all
- Sandwhich or Sandwitch
Whats the funniest you have come across? Please share it with us or leave it in the comments section.
"Be Sin Ladu" picture courtesy SaffronTrail. Please visit her website saffrontrail.com or Like her on Facebook.
Read more... - World Diabetes Day 2...
If you think that Diabetes only affects the obese and old, you are sadly mistaken. I was 36 years old, 63-65 kgs in weight when I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I am from the Indian sub-continent and diabetes runs in my family and most of the males have got it at an early age. Going by that I knew that diabetes would be in my life as well.
According to the International Diabetes Federation, there are over 366 million people with diabetes around the world and over 50 million reside in India. Based on the circle of family, friends and colleagues, it appears to me that Indians have a higher risk of being diabetic, often at younger ages. 14th November is World Diabetes Day and I wanted to spread the word about the disease and help raise awareness.
Growing up, I knew my father had diabetes and that he took medicine but he never really educated me on what the disease was, how I could help him and hopefully use that knowledge to delay the onset of my diabetes. It was a different time and perhaps he did not realize the importance of educating me. He eventually passed away from a heart attack, probably a result of his diabetes. I never really learned much from all that and continued to make mistakes of drinking soda, having sweets and having too much food especially rice. I oddly never gained much weight despite these bad habits. Eventually at age 35, I started showing signs of diabetes and was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes at age 36. It changed everything and now I had to watch everything I ate and can no longer eat like I did before and that will be the case for the rest of my life and will get worse as I get older.
Over the last few years, I see many around me, who are at the risk of diabetes but just don't care (like I was a few years ago) and I feel the least I can do is educate them. I have a 6-year old son who knows about diabetes and what he should avoid. He stays away from soda completely, he limits how much sweet stuff he has every day. If he is offered a 2nd piece of cake at a birthday, he asks us if he can have it. The best thing he does is remind me to stay away from things that are bad for me. I know I must do that so I can be in his life for as long as I can and that he can delay the onset of diabetes in his life (or hopefully never get it or perhaps a cure will be found in the next 30-40 years).
Read more... - Diwali Snack - Masal...
Its Diwali once again and our kitchen gets busier than usual with the preparation of snacks and sweets. We try and make at least 5 items every Diwali and it's a lot of fun. It helps bring in the energy and memories of being in India. This year, the first snack that we made was the Masala Puri. Masala Puri is a crispy and mildly spicy puri that is created by deep frying some dough.
Masala puri can be made in many different ways but the basic recipe is the same. Masala puri is made using wheat flour, turmeric and ajwain or cumin seeds. The dough is rolled into small balls, flattened using a rolling pin and deep fried in oil. Take a look at the pictures below to get an idea for the steps.
You can find the recipe for Masala Puri in our recipes section. Masala Puri is really easy to make and you should consider it on your Diwali snack list. You can get a pretty big batch done rather quickly. We were able to get a box of 50 puris completed in less than an hour. If you store them in a nice air tight container, they will stay nice and crisp for a few days. We had a lot of fun making them today and now the air is filled with smell of fresh crisp puris. Next on our list, some Besan Ladoos.
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The awards, now in their eighth year, have become the country’s main showcase for the £3.5bn a year curry industry. The winners of the British Curry Awards 2012 will be announced at the Battersea Evolution, London, on Monday 26th November at a black tie gala dinner. Be prepared to be amazed.
This year again the event will be packed with celebrities, MPs and high profiles guests amongst others and will be more spectacular and celebrating the industry’s involvement with the Olympics. The Awards dinner itself is the biggest event of the year in the hospitality industry calendar.
On a more positive note, the nomination process for the 2012 British Curry Awards is now open and anyone can put forward a restaurant for consideration. With around 10,000 restaurants, 80,000 employees and a turnover of £3.5 billion, the curry restaurant industry is not only an important part of the UK economy but also of its social fabric.
This year, the UK audience will be swelled by the over 2.5 million curry lovers with the help of our partners and associates. It will be first time ever record breaking number of nominations expected to be received. The British Curry Awards is the pioneer in this industry and even our Prime Minister David Cameron dubbed the ‘Curry Oscars’ and ‘uplifting & “inspiring evening the British Curry Awards really is’ in his video message and when he attended the awards dinner in 2009 remained the gold standard, and the biggest night of the year for the near 100,000 people involved in the industry.
Alongside the usual categories, there will be one new one this year - Best Delivery Restaurant/Takeaway. This will be open to restaurants that are takeaways only and also those restaurants that offer a home delivery service. This category will be judged on a nation-wide basis. There will also be the usual high level guests and presenters and a quality programme of entertainment.
Read more... - WTF What Texas Fried...
The Texas State Fair is an annual event held in Dallas during the Fall, usually held some time in September and October. The Texas State Fair is the largest state fair in the US with over 2 million attendees in2010. The fair has a number of things that people of all ages can do such as see new auto products, learn about wine, learn about farming, enjoy of few rides and of course sample some great food, not just anyfood but "Fried Food". One of the biggest things at the fair over the last few years has been the various types of fried foods. We had only heard about the various fried foods but were quite amazed to see thatthey fry anything.
The fried food is available all over the place but if you want to sample something specific, you may have to figure out where exactly that is being sold. We took pictures of the food stands and came up with all thefried products we could find. Turns out, you can have a complete fried meal - from drinks to desserts. We found so many fried things but no Fried Rice. :-)
Warning - your cholesterol and blood sugar levels may go up just by reading the list below.
- Fried Beer
- Fried Lemonade
- Deep Fried Frozen Margarita
- Fried Pork Wings - See pigs can fly
- Nachos Fried Chicken
- Deep Fried Chicken Waffle
- Fried Butter
- Chicken Fried Cactus Bites
- Picnic on a Stick
- Fried Jambalaya - Winner of Best Taste 2012
- Deep Fried Mac and Cheese Sliders
- Fried BBQ Ribs
- Fried Cheese Burger Balls
- Fried Mexican Firecrackers
- Fried Burger
Last but not the Least
- Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll - Winner Most Creative 2012
- Deep-Fried Divine Chocolate Tres Leches Cake
- Funnel Cake Fries
- Fried PB & J - Fried Bread Pudding
- Fried S'mores
- Red Velvet Fried Cup Cake
- Fried Pecan Pie
- Fried Moonpie
- Fried Autumn Pumpkin Pie
- Fried Cheesecake
- Texas Fried Frito Pie
- Fried Bubblegum - almost tempted to buy this just to see what this could be.
What did we sample you ask? Well, we stayed away from the fried food and found a nice truck called the Good Karma Kitchen that served some good vegan and organic food (who let these guys in?). It was very tasty.
Unfortunately on the final weekend, the biggest fried thing at the state fair was Big Tex. Big Tex was a 52 ft statue and marketing icon of the state fair. Unfortunately, he caught fire and burned down.
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