From salmon burgers to pork chipotle muenster burgers, I've seen and tried just about everything in between a circular bun. So when I flipped open the latest Food Network Magazine to find a recipe for Indian-inspired spiced burgers, I couldn't resist giving them a try.The South Asian spice that makes this burger so distinctive is curry powder, and it's incorporated directly into the patty before cooking. It lends a warmth to the patty, which is actually fairly lean (it's made of 90 percent lean ground beef). What keeps the burger moist (and what makes this burger so great) is the complementary condiment: a cucumber raita of sorts, made here with Greek yogurt and cilantro in lieu of chopped mint and the thinner yogurt variety. Keep reading for more, including the spiced burger recipe.
YumSugar: Where do your menu items (like chilli cheese uthappam and tomato basil biryani, both on the menu at Arka) come from?
Sachin Chopra: Working in various upscale restaurants over the years, both Indian and American, I developed a passion for combining the best elements of each. Arka's menu is a reflection of that passion; it is my interpretation of classic Indian food, presented with Californian sensibilities.
YS: I've noticed a trend toward the fusion of Indian and Latin ingredients. Does that influence you at all in your menu development? Do you think the Latin-Indian fusion concept has mainstream potential?
SC: We have an abundance of fresh produce here [in California], and it so happens that some of the same ingredients that make Latin cuisines delicious also work well with Indian food. Sure, there could be a market for Latin-Indian fusion, provided the chef respects each cuisine and is masterful in combining them.
YS: What are some other trends you're seeing in Indian cuisine today?
To find out his answer, keep reading.
The regional flavors are as valiant and varied as the different, beautiful layers of culture coexisting in the Indian subcontinent. If you're a little nervous about what to order, or you've never considered enjoying some Indian cuisine, here's a quick primer on some flavors you can probably find at your neighborhood haunt. Continue reading to get to know a few staples of Indian cuisine.
Making Indian food doesn't have to be complicated! At the Taste in Los Angeles, Aarti Sequeira of Food Network's Aarti Party shared why you shouldn't be afraid to prepare the likes of chicken tikka masala at home. Keep watching to hear about her easiest beginner recipe, and the five spices any Indian food lover should keep on hand.
Last Fall, Texas restaurant pioneer Stephan Pyles opened up Samar, a small-plates restaurant that serves the spices of south India alongside the specialties of Spain, and features desserts like coconut rice pudding with saffron and cardamom. Chef Maneet Chauhan, who's gained recent attention as a competitor on The Next Iron Chef, is perhaps the biggest poster child for Latin-Indian fusion, offering creations such as amchur- and ancho-crusted chicken at her New York restaurant, Vermilion. And Lisa Fain, who writes the popular Tex-Mex blog Homesick Texan, has professed her love of saag paneer enchiladas.
It'll be interesting to find out whether this new culinary direction has the legs to catch on, as opposed to other floundering fusion concepts like Chinese-Cuban. Does Indian-Latin have mainstream potential?
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If you're in the mood for curry, but don't have the time to make the spicy sauce from scratch, you're in luck! This yummy curried rice dish uses curry powder for a shortcut and is jazzed up with plump shrimp.
Feel free to sub out the carrots with whatever veggies you have on hand and add some peppers if you want to up the hot factor. For the hearty, no-fuss recipe keep reading.
My daughter's room is inspired by Eastern (Moroccan/Indian) themes. I recently repainted and papered her desk to match her bed, and this is the result. There's still more I'd like to do to her room, but this is where we're at so far.
Not only are the new pink accents utterly charming, but the shape of the desk itself is gorgeous! Check out Wscoggins's post to get a glimpse of her daughter's Eastern-style bed. And be sure to share photos of your own home decorating in the Su Casa group!
Interested in these savory recipes? Here they are.