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Terms to Help You Navigate the Menu at an Indian Restaurant

Going out to eat at an authentic Indian restaurant is a great way to get a taste of this wonderful culture. Traditional Indian food is full of spice and flavor, and boasts many dishes that appeal even to vegetarians. The menu, however, can be daunting if you're not familiar with a few terms. Here's a cheat sheet to help you navigate the menu on your next outing for Indian cuisine.

  • Masala - Part of Indian food's signature taste is from their use of masala. This is a generic term used to refer to a finely ground combination of spices and herbs that can be sweet or spicy.
  • Curry - Curry is commonly equated with Indian cuisine, and is a type of masala. Curry is yellow, aromatic, and typically cooked to create a creamy sauce for many Indian recipes.
  • Chai - Chai is another well-known Indian masala. It's a combination of sweet spices and herbs that are often used in hot tea.
  • Tandoori - This a third masala you're likely to see at the Indian restaurant. Full of cayenne pepper and chili powders, this masala is red in color. It's often used to create a chicken dish.
  • Paneer - This is a popular Indian cheese that's much different from traditional aged cheeses. Because it doesn't use a common coagulating agent, rennet, it can be used as an ingredient lacto-vegetarian dishes.
  • Samosa - This will typically be featured as an appetizer in an Indian restaurant. It's a puffed potato pastry that's also typically vegetarian.
  • Barfi - Barfi is a common Indian dessert cooked with two simple ingredients: condensed milk and sugar. There are also variations on the basic recipe including add-ins like fruit and nuts.
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    Utsav Indian Cuisine
    575 Talcottville Rd, Vernon Rockville, CT 06066
    All of our dishes are characterized by their robust aromas, earthy flavors and the use of only the finest ingredients. For wholesome, delicious and healthy dining, visit us tonight!
    (860) 871-8714
    Masala Restaurants
    391 Main St, Hartford, CT 06106
    Looking for something new to eat? Our restaurant is your local source for fine Indian dining. We prepare your Indian dishes to order using only fresh and natural herbs and spices that are unlike any others.
    (860) 882-0900
    Masala Indian Cuisine
    1920 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 02904
    Masala Indian Cuisine in North Providence, RI is a restaurant specializing in Halal Kosher, North Indian and Pakistani food and catering services.
    (401) 228-6554
    Pintus Indian Restaurant
    217 Elm St, West Springfield, MA 01089
    (413) 788-4929
    India Kitchen LLC
    394 Tolland Tpke, Manchester, CT 06042
    (860) 533-9695
    Saffron Place
    280 Park Rd, West Hartford, CT 06119
    (860) 206-9252
    Royal Masala
    391 Main St, Hartford, CT 06106
    (860) 904-5565
    Maharaja Indian Restaurant
    466 Storrs Rd, Mansfield Center, CT 06250
    (860) 942-8325
    Tandoor Indian Restaurant Middletown
    170 Main St Ste 7, Middletown, CT 06457
    (860) 346-6600
    Northern Indian Restaurant
    150 State St, New London, CT 06320
    (860) 437-3978
    Sitar Indian Restaurant
    45 Grove St, New Haven, CT 06511
    (203) 777-3234
    Deep Indian Restaurant
    603 Hartford Ave, Providence, RI 02909
    (401) 228-6211
    94 River Rd, Shelton, CT 06484
    (203) 924-2626
    The Red Hook Curry House
    28 E Market St, Red Hook, NY 12571
    (845) 758-2666
    India Restaurant
    1060 Hope St, Providence, RI 02906
    (401) 421-2600

    Indian cuisine has become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason. People in America - and all around the world - are coming to enjoy it more and more. Indian recipes are healthy and flavorful. Dishes are often full of spices and curry powder, but they are rarely overpowering. And the ingredients are usually fresh and authentic. So, if you've never tried an Indian dish before, you really ought to head over to your local Indian restaurant or store. You should be able to sample many different recipes and varieties of food at either of these purveyors of Indian cuisine. You should be able to sample curries, paneers, and samosas, for instance. You should also be able to sample several different types of rice. Most Indian restaurants and grocery stores sell a variety of cooked meats and vegetables. They often sell chicken, which is great in chicken tandoori. They also often sell cooked seafood and lamb. And they frequently cater to vegetarian and vegan customers, as well, by selling vegetable dishes. Indian cuisine can be traditional or modern in style. They can also be northern or southern in style. Many Indian dining establishments have begun to offer delivery options to their customers, making it easier than ever to sample Indian for the first time. So, if you're interesting in sampling a delicious Indian delicacy or two, you really ought to consider stopping by an Indian restaurant or grocery store in the near future. Odds are, you'll be glad you did. After all, there's a reason Indian food has become so popular in recent years!
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