Chopstick Cinema

Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

Getting Acquainted with the Cuisine

When I think of Indian cuisine, I picture a big pot of curried stew, served over fragrant rice, with naan bread and a generous dollop of Major Grey's Mango Chutney. But in perusing my cookbooks for Indian recipes, I discovered a whole new world of dishes I'd never heard of, especially when it came to the vegetables and chutneys. The recurring ingredients appear to be yogurt, mint, corriander, chili peppers, turmeric, cumin, cardamom, mustard seeds, ginger, onion, coconut milk, a clarified butter called 'ghee', and a spice blend called 'garam masala'. My reasearch has really made me keen to experiment, so I'm looking forward to preparing such an exotic meal.