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    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!


    TIA!


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    The woman with a great Primal blog called www.thisprimallife.com 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):


      http://www.amazon.com/Modern-Indian-...2717626&sr=8-1

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        Holly cow, it's $88.

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

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          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:

          Cardamom

          Cinnamon

          cloves

          coriander seeds

          Cumin

          red chili powder

          turmeric

          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.


          Variations:

          - 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:

            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...imal-Thai-Soup

            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...e-Salmon-Satay

            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...n-Chicken-Soup

            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...ice-quot-Pilaf

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              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!

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                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.


                http://blog.sigsiv.com/

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                  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

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                    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!

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

                      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...-w-Ground-Beef
                      My blog: Pretty Good Paleo
                      On Twitter: @NEKLocalvore

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                        Just made this tonight. Excellent!!!


                        Fish Baked in Coconut Milk

                        http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/my-country-my-kitchen/fish-baked-in-coconut-milk-recipe/index.html


                        Ingredients


                        * 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

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                          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:

                            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...imal-Pakistani!

                            <shudder---so intimidated>


                            maba, you RULE!

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                              *bump*

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