I’m no stranger to Indian food.
In fact, ever since one of my very best friends introduced me to the cuisine in college it’s been a favorite of mine. She started me off on Chicken Tikka Masala (of course thinking that it would be the most certain dish to win me over), but not long after first trying it, my affection for Indian food branched out to any Indian-spiced dish I could get my hands on.
My friend’s father offered to set up a daily food delivery for my friend from a local Indian restaurant. My eyes widened in jealousy and then narrowed in disbelief when she said she turned him down flat. I can’t eat Indian food from a restaurant every day!, she exclaimed. After spending time with her, cooking together, and later visiting home with her where we feasted on her mom’s cooking nightly, I understood what she meant.
Like most cuisines, restaurant-made Indian food doesn’t hold a candle to homemade Indian food. (more…)