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The Indian Vegetarian 100 Challenge

As posted on the One Hot Stove blog.

  • Copy the entire list, along with these instructions, into your blog post
  • Bold the foods that you have tried
  • Strike out the foods you would never try – I had to italicize and smallify them, not having a strike-thru
  • I put links on the ones I haven’t tried that I’d like to try soon, to a recipe for that item.

Anything that depends on coconut strikes out with me; I HATE HATE HATE coconut! Anything I’ve marked to try that has coconut in it, I promise you, I’m planning to leave the coconut out. (We Kitchen Barbarians can get away with stuff like that, cuz we’re, well, BARBARIANS, after all).

Were it not for my hatred of coconut I’d have a higher “I’ve already tried it” score, which ended up being a disappointing 46.

Nupur’s Indian Vegetarian 100

1. Ripe mangoes
2. Curd rice – well I have to quibble on this one. My ex taught me to mix sour cream with rice.
3. Chaat
4. Phulka
5. Puran poli
6. Boiled peanuts
7. Samosa
8. Stuffed baby eggplants
9. Aviyal
10. Stuffed paratha
11. Masala chai – in fact, here’s my favorite recipe for Indian Railroad Tea
12. Tirphal
13. Murukku
14. Curry leaves
15. Banana chips fried in coconut oil
16. Jaggery
17. Vada pav – I cheerfully lose the bread
18. Tender coconut water
19. Paneer
20. Madras filter coffee
21. Boondi laddoo
22. Boondi raita
23. Navratan korma
24. Kokum
25. Masala peanuts
26. A home-cooked Indian vegetarian meal
27. Sugarcane juice
28. Sabudana/sago in any form
29. Horsegram – apparently this is cowpea. I’ve eaten cowpeas. Not in Indian food, but I’ve eaten them.
30. Maggi noodles – my son’s eaten it though
31. Podi with rice and ghee
32. Roomali roti
33. Bitter gourd – didn’t like
34. Nylon sev
35. Vegetable biryani
36. Thali at a restaurant
37. Plantain flower
38. Undhiyu
39. Nimbu pani – essentially limeade
40. Papad
41. Kotthu parotta – I kept the original link to the recipe for this one.
42. Panch phoran
43. Drumsticks
44. Indian “French toast”
45. Sarson ka saag
46. Bhakri
47. Pav bhaji
48. Sitaphal
49. Glucose biscuits
50. Sprouts
51. Chole-bhature
52. Amla – gooseberries. I’ve not had them in years, but as a child one of my grandmothers made gooseberry pie.
53. Tomato “omelet”
54. A wedding feast – mine, actually
55. Grilled corn on the cob with lemon juice, salt and chilli powder – SACRILEGE! Corn on the cob is ordained to be slathered with butter! LOL!
56. Cadbury’s fruit and nut chocolate
57. Sai bhaji
58. Solkadi
59. Indian-Chinese meal
60. Jalebi
61. Black forest cake
62. Bharwa bhindi – an okra dish, /me hates okra
63. Kashmiri saffron
64. Misal
65. Ripe jackfruit
66. Idli-chutney
67. ‘Tadgola’
68. Bhut jolokia
69. Baby mango pickle
70. Meal off a banana leaf
71. Falooda
72. Moong khichdi
73. Bebinca
74. Daal baati
75. Methi greens
76. Basundi
77. Gunpowder
78. Appam-stew
79. Sweet lemon pickle
80. Ridge gourd
81. Bisi bele bhath
82. Coconut burfi
83. Caramel custard
84. Thecha
85. Rasam
86. Baingan bharta
87. Mysore pak
88. Punjabi wadi
89. Chhunda
90. Dal makhani
91. Paper dosa
92. Gongura
93. Hand-churned butter
94. Pakoda
95. Curd chillies
96. Mustard oil
97. Fresh cashews
98. Tomato pickle
99. Rajma-chawal
100. Chaas

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