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Shaan Stevens -Global Kitchen: Indian Made Easy
ndian cuisine is fragrant, tasty and more often than not, healthy. But the average American is too intimidated to make Indian dishes at home in spite of the fact that it's no harder than whipping up lasagna or tacos.
"Most of the time, people are led to believe that Indian food is very complex and that there are a lot of spices and different steps," said Sudhir Kandula, a finalist on NBC's "America's Next Great Restaurant" in 2011. "While that's true for some dishes, the majority of Indian food is actually quite simple. I used to cook a lot of Indian food for my friends with stuff I found in Whole Foods."
Safe at Home
Go to any major city and there is no shortage of Indian eateries.
But, as Kavita Gunda Bouknight points out, "Going out to eat Indian food and cooking it at home are two very different things."
Bouknight is a wife and mother whose parents cook Indian dishes. She and her friends have devoured her dad's scrumptious samosas since childhood. She said the trick to cooking Indian cuisine at home is awareness.
"There needs to be more programming on TV specifically designed to make Indian cooking at home easy," Bouknight said. "Every network seems to have an Italian cooking show, but the exposure to Indian cuisine is limited."
Kandula hopes to remedy that. As of the time of publication, he was in the early stages of kicking off a chain of Indian restaurants and a cooking program for television.
"I love demystifying Indian food," said Kandula, who works in the technology field but graduated from the culinary program at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. "People don't have to be afraid of it at all."
One example Kandula gives is an alternative samosa recipe.
"What's not to like about samosas?" he asked. "They've got potatoes, peas and carrots. They're spicy and flavorful, wrapped nicely in a pastry, and crispy, fried and delicious."
Kandula said people unfamiliar with cooking In