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Subject: Potato pancakes in pea sauce (Ragda patties)
Newsgroups: rec.food.cooking

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From: rupenrao[at]gmail.com
Date: 7 Nov 2005 07:23:34 -0800
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Hi guys:

This is a popular Indian savory dish. I have slightly modified it to
make it simple and easier:

http://www.rupenrao.com/recipe.asp?rid=169

Ronnie

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From: Doug Kanter 
Date: Mon, 07 Nov 2005 16:25:05 GMT
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Ronnie wrote:
> This is a popular Indian savory dish. I have slightly modified it to
> make it simple and easier:
>
> http://www.rupenrao.com/recipe.asp?rid=169

This sounds delicious!

Question:
There's a nice old Pakistani couple who runs a retail store near my home. 
They are on their feet & busy all day. They never seem to take a break. I'd 
like to bring them some sort of Pakistani food they can eat in between 
customers. Some sort of finger-food appetizer, maybe. Got any 
recommendations? Pakistani cooking seems at least a little bit similar to 
Indian.....I think. 

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From: rupenrao[at]gmail.com
Date: 7 Nov 2005 08:34:42 -0800
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Hi Doug,

Thats a wonderful gesture for taking food for the Pakistani couple.
Yes, the Moghuls ruled India about a couple of hundred years ago, and
hence the influence of Moghul cuisine on Indian cuisine. India has
about 15% of muslims as part of its populations, even more than the
total number of Muslims in Pakistan. Thats why there are similarities
between the 2 cuisines.

If you want to take them a snack, kebobs will be easy to make. Take
ground meat (chicken or beef or lamb), add ginger garlic paste, cayanne
pepper, 1 egg, salt, cilantro, curry powder/garam masala, bread crumbs
and adjust salt.Marinate for half an hour and shape them into kebobs
(on metal skewers) and grill them at 375 F in a pre-heated oven. You
can also take some pita bread (warmed but not crisp) after applying
olive oil and dried rosemary and baking it for 15 minutes to make it
warm n soft. This will be a nice treat :)

I hope this helps you.

Ronnie

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From: Doug Kanter 
Date: Mon, 07 Nov 2005 16:39:44 GMT
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Ronnie wrote:
> If you want to take them a snack, kebobs will be easy to make. Take
> ground meat (chicken or beef or lamb), add ginger garlic paste, cayanne
> pepper, 1 egg, salt, cilantro, curry powder/garam masala, bread crumbs

I'm proficient with a mortar & pestle, so making my own ginger-garlic paste 
makes sense. What proportions do you suggest? 

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From: rupenrao[at]gmail.com
Date: 7 Nov 2005 10:19:20 -0800
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Take
1 lb ground meat (chicken or beef or lamb),
add 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste,
1 tsp cayanne pepper,
 1 egg,
2 tbsp chopped cilantro,
1 tbsp curry powder/garam masala, 
1 cup bread crumbs 
and adjust salt.

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From: Doug Kanter 
Date: Mon, 07 Nov 2005 18:26:15 GMT
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Ronnie wrote:
> Take
> 1 lb ground meat (chicken or beef or lamb),
> add 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste,
> 1 tsp cayanne pepper,
> 1 egg,
> 2 tbsp chopped cilantro,
> 1 tbsp curry powder/garam masala,
> 1 cup bread crumbs
> and adjust salt.

No...I was referring only to the ginger-garlic paste. What proportions of 
ginger to garlic do you suggest? 

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From: rupenrao[at]gmail.com
Date: 7 Nov 2005 11:32:26 -0800
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50:50

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From: Arri London 
Date: Mon, 07 Nov 2005 16:58:01 -0700
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Doug Kanter wrote:
> Question:
> There's a nice old Pakistani couple who runs a retail store near my home.
> They are on their feet & busy all day. They never seem to take a break. I'd
> like to bring them some sort of Pakistani food they can eat in between
> customers. Some sort of finger-food appetizer, maybe. Got any
> recommendations? Pakistani cooking seems at least a little bit similar to
> Indian.....I think.

First find out if they keep their diet halal. If you make a meat dish
and they are observant Muslims, they might thank you for it but may well
not eat it.

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From: Doug Kanter 
Date: Tue, 08 Nov 2005 01:08:13 GMT
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Arri London wrote:
> First find out if they keep their diet halal. If you make a meat dish
> and they are observant Muslims, they might thank you for it but may well
> not eat it.

Oooh....good question. Maybe something vegetarian. Or maybe just some of my 
famous cardamom cake. Nobody can resist it. 

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From: Arri London 
Date: Tue, 08 Nov 2005 16:18:40 -0700
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Doug Kanter wrote:
> Oooh....good question. Maybe something vegetarian. Or maybe just some of my
> famous cardamom cake. Nobody can resist it.

That sounds good. Don't try to cook something Pakistani unless you are
an expert. You could cut up some aubergine or some courgettes, coat them
with breadcrumbs and deep fry them. If you have any Asian shops nearby,
any of the pastries should be ok, although check the ingredients list.


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