One of the best ethnic foods around the world is Indian. And there is no doubt that Ireland is much in love in curry as any other country. The multiple flavors hitting you taste palates at the same time, the spiciness of ingredients or the amazing smell are just a few things to describe it. But, there are some rules to game if you want to feast on Indian food properly. So grab a mango lassi and learn about the things you should not to do.
You only order chicken tikka masala
Ah, good old chicken tikka masala. It’s creamy, with just the right amount of heat to make your tongue happy and not to the point that you regret it. Sure, you could eat saucy chicken, but why always order this rather then try things like pav bhaji or malai kofta or Goan shrimp which is made with lots of coconut and seafood? It might be hard to believe, but there are actually better dishes on most Indian menus. Plus it should be noted that chicken tikka masala isn’t even an Indian dish, but was actually invented by the British (which is weird considering the fact that most British food is terrible). The Wikipedia article proves us right here.
You say “naan bread”
Naan is a very well-known type of Indian flatbread that is cooked in a tandoori oven until it is nice and fluffy. A perfect addition to your dinner in Dublin. Therefore, naan is great with some tandoori chicken, and “naan bread” is not. Make sure you get this right the next time you open your mouth and order it.
You’re afraid to eat with your hands
Eating with your hands is a pleasant experience and not a revolutionary idea. You know it, because you have seen people using hands as utensils on TV. Indian food is actually designed for eating sans utensils. And we are sure that restaurants like Kerala Kitchen won’t get offended. It’s a good way to get people to take you seriously in an Indian restaurant, not to mention eating with your hands is frequently more efficient.
You think everything is a curry
Admit it – whenever you hear Indian food, you immediately think curry. But guess what? The term “curry” is another invention for which you can thank the British, just like the tikka masala mentioned earlier. Curry is simply a catch-all term for everything from meat to vegetable to lentil dishes that are both saucy and dry. And not every dish actually contains curry leaves, even though the term curry might lead you to believe that. In fact, many, like the popular “curry” saag paneer, are never made with curry leaves or powder. And if you head to a South Indian restaurant, there is nary a curry to be found on the menu.
You treat chutney like a dip
Repeat after me: Chutney is not hummus! Naan is not pita! The little bowls of chutney that you see at Indian restaurants frequently lay out on tables are not bowls with dip. Think of chutney more like ketchup, mustard, and Sriracha — condiments that help amp up and balance out the flavors of a dish, but not things you want to scoop up with a chip.
Hopefully this clears out a few things about dining at Indian restaurants. The mind blowing facts you probably did not know.