Indian ingrediants?????

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  1. cake girl

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    I recived an indian cook book for christmass and a lot of the recipies call fot ghee is this something i can make or do i have to buy it also What is garam masala any info would be greatly appreaciated

    thanks gina
     
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  3. liv4fud

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    if u just want to experiment, a generic garam masala (literal translation - hot spice) is less than a $1/-
     
  4. suzanne

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    Yes, ghee is basically clarified butter; it's okay to use regular cow's cream butter, and cook it longer until it is a darker gold (but don't let the solids burn).

    Garam masala is a basic ground spice mix -- think of it as the "authentic" curry powder. There are a couple of recipe for garam masala here: food.sify.com.

    This is an online source for ingredients: ethnicgrocer.com. Finally, here are two sites I like for glossaries and translations of Indian food terms: cuisinecuisine.com and daawat.com. The latter one is especially good because it gives translations from/into many of the major languages of India.
     
  5. shahar

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    Real ghee is usually aged until a certain rancidness is achieved. The butter sometimes come from yogurt production which also brings extra flavor. Not for every palette!
    Clarified butter, oil or even regular butter are good substitutes.
     
  6. mezzaluna

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    A new member who joined today, Rupen (registered as "simplyindian"), has a website with recipes. A current member, Suvir Saran, also has a website and a wonderful cookbook, "Indian Home Cooking".

    Shahar and others here are great resources. Is this a wonderful place or what???! :bounce: