What Indian Cooks Taught Me

During our time in India I have been blessed with excellent experiences to learn how to cook authentic Indian food. I shudder at the memory of the days when I cooked “curry” in America. I have learned so much from my Indian friends, I’ll never forget the lessons they have taught me in the kitchen. Here’s a short list of what I’ve absorbed.

 

1. Fresh Is Best

 

What Indian cooks taught me.

 

One of the many reasons that Indian food is so much better for you than American food is it’s always fresh. For nearly all of India the concept of what Americans think of as a “Grocery store” is not a reality. Vegetables are purchased in the open air, daily. You eat what’s in season, and you use it before it goes bad.

 

In our neighborhood the fresh veggies were delivered to a nearby shop twice a week and you bought what you ccould carry home. You get what you get. Maybe there will be carrots this week, maybe there won’t. But you won’t be substituting frozen broccoli or canned corn in the mean time.

 

2. You Can Never Have Enough Onions

 

 

What Indian cooks taught me.

 

I don’t think I’ve ever seen an Indian recipe started without first chopping a hefty amount of onions and garlic. A proper Indian kitchen has an endless supply of both and Indian women could put a Food Network host to shame with their deft onion chopping abilities. Speaking of which,

 

Forget what you think you know about chopping onions and peeling garlic.

 

No one chops more onions than an Indian cook and they have honed the perfect method, which is not the one I learned years ago by attending the University of Youtube. Head there and search for “how to chop onions like an Indian” and you’ll find many mesmerizing videos.

 

3. A Little Garlic Skin Never Hurt Anybody

 

What Indian cooks taught me.

 

When you peel dozens of cloves of garlic a day, you’re not so picky about that tiny, sticky bit of garlic skin that didn’t come off easily. This may seem like a small tip, but it was a big revelation for me. I’ve avoided garlic altogether in the past because peeling it is such a pain. Now I’m a lot more devil-may-care with my garlic (and onion) skins. Newsflash: all parts of the plant are edible.

 

4. Don’t Be Afraid to Get Your Hands Dirty

 

What Indian cooks taught me.

 

The Indian mantra seems to be:

 

“Why use a utensil for what your hand can do?”

 

I’m pretty sure the American mindset is the exact opposite. Where I’m reaching for a spatula, my Indian friends are using what the good lord gave’em. Where I would find my dough attachment for my Cuisinart, my Eastern counterparts are digging in with their fingers.

 

5. Mortar and Pestle, Please

 

What Indian cooks taught me.

 

The mortar and pestle is a brilliant instrument that keeps you from having to chop all of that garlic you’re going to be peeling for all of your Indian recipes. I told you I’ve avoided my beloved garlic in the past because peeling it is a pain. Well, so is chopping it. Enter your lovely M&P.

 

Pound that garlic and ginger into oblivion. Get out your pent up aggression and prep dinner all in one. Check out mortar and pestles on Amazon. Trust me, they’re worth it.

 

Make Time to Cook

 

And lastly, my Indian friends taught me that time spent in the kitchen isn’t wasted. I’ve had more than one person comment that Indian women set a lot of time aside in their life for cooking. They cook fresh, hot food, up to four times a day (breakfast, lunch, tea time, and dinner). It’s inspired me to rely less on frozen chicken nuggets when I return to America. :)

 

 

What Indian cooks taught me.

 

20 Travel Quotes You’ve Never Heard

I know what you’re thinking, not another list of travel quotes. I get it, not all who wander are lost, already. Yeesh!

 

But hang on to your hats, kids. This isn’t your typical list of travel quotes. I’ve seen the same list of travel inspired quotes over and over again and that’s why I’ve compiled this unique list that you’ve probably never seen before. So without further ado:

 

20 Little Known Travel Quotes

 


 

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

 

20 Travel quotes you've never heard before.

 

“To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark

 

20 Travel quotes you've never heard before.

 

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener

 

20 Travel quotes you've never heard before.

 

“When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting.” – Clint Borgen

 

20 Travel quotes you've never heard before.

 

 “The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” – Shirley MacLaine

 

20 Travel quotes you've never heard before.

 

“Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

 

20 Travel quotes you've never heard before.

 

“I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” Hilaire Belloc

 

20 Travel quotes you've never heard before.

 

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” Maya Angelou

 

20 Travel quotes you've never heard before.

 

“One travels to run away from routine, that dreadful routine that kills all imagination and all our capacity for enthusiasm.” Ella Maillart

 

20 Travel quotes you've never heard before.

 

“A wise traveler never despises his own country.” William Hazlitt

 

20 Travel quotes you've never heard before.

 

“Travel is the frivolous part of serious lives, and the serious part of frivolous ones.” Sophie Swetchine

 

20 Travel quotes you've never heard before.

 

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain

 

20 Travel quotes you've never heard before.

 

“…there ain’t no journey what don’t change you some.” ― David Mitchell,

 

20 Travel quotes you've never heard before.

 

“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.” ― Michael Palin

 

20 Travel quotes you've never heard before.

 

“You can handle just about anything that comes at you out on the road with a believable grin, common sense and whiskey.” ― Bill Murray

 

20 Travel quotes you've never heard before.

 

“Never hesitate to go far away, beyond all seas, all frontiers, all countries, all beliefs.” ― Amin Maalouf

 

20 Travel quotes you've never heard before.

 

“The road embraced me, let me breathe, and more importantly, did not judge me.” ― M.B. Dallocchio

 

20 Travel quotes you've never heard before.

 

“A man who leaves home to mend himself and others is a philosopher; but he who goes from country to country, guided by the blind impulse of curiosity, is a vagabond.” Oliver Goldsmith

 

20 Travel quotes you've never heard before.

 

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

20 Travel quotes you've never heard before.

 

“It is not fit that every man should travel; it makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.”  William Hazlitt

 

20 Travel quotes you've never heard before.

 

 

 

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