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  • Favorite Primal Indian Recipes??

    Maba's mention of porkbelly curry got me craving Indian food.

    If you love/make Indian food, please share some of your favorite recipes!!!! I used to LOVE going out to a local Indian restaurant, but stopped over a year ago due to my ds's food sensitivities. I'd LOVE to make Indian food more at home, but haven't found recipes I'm madly in love w/.

    Also, any Indian cookbooks (mostly primal recipes if possible) you have to recommend would be appreciated! I'd love to find one great one that I could keep going back to!


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    The woman with a great Primal blog called is especially partial to Indian/South Asian food and has some great Primal recipes. Her husband is a photographer, so the pictures are gorgeous. I told her I am ready to move into her house. I love Indian food.


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      FairyRae, most "non-vegetarian" Indian cook-books have a lot of Primal-friendly recipes. Madhur Jaffrey's books are good. Just omit the rice and bread and eat the curries with cauliflower rice. This is a book I got for my sister, she said it's really good (I haven't gone through it myself though):


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        Holly cow, it's $88.

        Maba, how about you just list some of your favorite recipes here?


        • #5

          Oh my, I'm pretty sure I didn't pay more than $25 for the book plus mine was a signed by the author(s).

          After turning Primal, I haven't been cooking my usual recipes, but most of them are Indian-inspired, in that I use Indian spices and try to make them primal.

          Some Indian pantry staples are:




          coriander seeds


          red chili powder


          bay leaf

          ginger-garlic paste

          Some quick recipes:

          Grilled chicken/lamb marinated in Indian spices

          Onion, tomatoes-based meat curry

          Coconut milk-based curries

          I made this chicken curry when I had guests this weekend and they all enjoyed it.

          Heat some oil in a pan, add 2-3 cardamom (optional), 4-5 cloves, 1" cinnamon. After the spices turn fragrant (a few seconds), add thinly sliced onion (2 C or from 1 big onion) and saute till it turns translucent. Add 1 T of ginger-garlic paste (or 3/4 T each of finely chopped ginger and garlic) and fry for a minute making sure the garlic doesn't burn. Add 1/4 tsp of turmeric and fry for a minute. Add 1.5-2 lbs of chicken pieces (I used thighs and tenders) and cook till chicken is 3/4th done. At this point, add chili powder (1/4 - 1 tsp depending on your heat-tolerance and the heat level of the chili powder), 1 T of coriander powder and cook till chicken is fully done. Garnish with lots of chopped cilantro.


          - Add tomatoes and cook for a few minutes before adding the chicken for a sauce-y curry. The above is a dry version.

          - Add coconut milk towards the end and cook for a few minutes for a coconut-milk based version.

          - Add whisked yoghurt instead of CM for a tangy yoghurty sauce.

          - You can play with the spices: add cumin, bay leaf, star anise in the beginning, you can add garam masala along w/ the chili and coriander powders

          - You can add fresh mint along with the chicken for a delicious minty flavor

          - Replace chili powder with chopped green chilis (must be added along w/ onion)

          The variations are endless. You can use lamb, beef or any other meat.


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            Here are some recipes I've posted in the past, not specifically Indian, but mostly Indian-inspired:






            • #7

              Oh, my. I'm having a hunger attack.

              I'm going to have to try that yogurt variation tonight.

              What about that porkbelly curry? That sounds great!


              • #8

                CC, replace the chicken in the recipe w/ pork-belly for a pork-belly curry.

                This is a South-Beach blog but you'll find plenty of Primal-friendly Indian recipes.



                • #9

                  Thanks, maba! I will definitely try some of your variations. I used to make a lot of Indian-type veggie or chickpea curries, but I'm not used to making them with meat. I often make a Thai coconut curry, but I LOVE Indian food!

                  My blog: Pretty Good Paleo
                  On Twitter: @NEKLocalvore


                  • #10

                    Mmmmm...thanks Maba! Can't wait to try some of your ideas!

                    And I 2nd the pork belly curry request!

                    Annika--Thai coconut curry sounds yum! Would you share it even though this is an Indian food thread? I'd love to try it!


                    • #11

                      Sure, that's easy - I posted the recipe for it a couple of months ago! Here it is:

                      My blog: Pretty Good Paleo
                      On Twitter: @NEKLocalvore


                      • #12

                        Just made this tonight. Excellent!!!

                        Fish Baked in Coconut Milk



                        * 2 pounds thick fish fillets or steaks, halibut, cod or salmon

                        * 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

                        * 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

                        * 2 cups finely chopped onion

                        * 1/4 cup vegetable oil

                        * 2 teaspoons minced garlic

                        * 2 teaspoons minced ginger

                        * 1 teaspoon minced green chile, serrano, Thai or jalapeno

                        * 1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes

                        Spice mixture:

                        * 6 teaspoons ground coriander

                        * 1 teaspoon ground cumin

                        * 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper, cayenne

                        * 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

                        * 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric

                        * 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, coarsely ground with mortar and pestle

                        * 1 1/4 teaspoon salt

                        * 1/2 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk

                        * 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, for garnish


                        • #13

                          Does anyone have a primal butter chicken recipe? Seems like that would be an easy adaptation.


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                            Ummmm....I bow before maba in the kitchen :-D

                            And this isn't even Indian, it's Pakistani. But it always gets good reviews when I make it:


                            <shudder---so intimidated>

                            maba, you RULE!


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