'Indian Food' on Serious Eats

Charcoal-Grilled Ecstasy at Khan B.B.Q.

There are people who, when you ask them about something, say "Oh, that's one of my favorite things to eat in Chicago," and if you tallied up everything they said that of, it would amount to a small town phone book's worth of dishes. So let me be clear about the chicken boti at Khan B.B.Q.: it's one of my favorite things to eat in Chicago, as in three. More

Lunch in the Loop: Devour the Indian Buffet at Chicago Curry House

Unless you work in Printer's Row, Chicago Curry House might be a bit of a haul for you office workers, but if you're playing lunch hooky (you know who you are, you troublemakers), it's worth the long walk or short cab ride. There's really only one thing you'll need to get—a plate at the buffet ($10.95). I know there's some serious buffet haters out there, but you hold your wiggly tongues! More

Ultimate Chicken Curry (Tamatar Murghi) from 'Indian Cooking Unfolded'

Chicken curry is an obvious choice when assembling an Indian menu: it is often fairly simple, the subtle flavors of the poultry take Indian spice well, and it's generally a crowd pleaser. But obvious doesn't have to mean dull or predictable. In fact, chicken curry is a good place to show off carefully layered spices and a rich, voluptuous sauce. Raghavan Iyer's version in Indian Cooking Unfolded is just the ticket. More

Ultimate Chicken Curry (Tamatar Murghi) from 'Indian Cooking Unfolded'

Chicken curry is an obvious choice when assembling an Indian menu: it is often fairly simple, the subtle flavors of the poultry take Indian spice well, and it's generally a crowd pleaser. But obvious doesn't have to mean dull or predictable. In fact, chicken curry is a good place to show off carefully layered spices and a rich, voluptuous sauce. Raghavan Iyer's version in Indian Cooking Unfolded is just the ticket. More

Sweet Corn with Toasted Coconut (Thénga Makkaí) from 'Indian Cooking Unfolded'

This toasted coconut and chile spice blend from Raghavan Iyer's new cookbook, Indian Cooking Unfolded, is a wonderful way to jazz up a pan of sautéed corn—the nuttiness of the coconut tones down the sweetness of the kernels, the dried chiles add intensity, and the citrus notes of the coriander seeds brighten the richness of the coconut. More

Poppadums with Chile-Spiked Onion and Avocado Pomegranate Dip from 'Indian Cooking Unfolded'

My only experience eating poppadums has been in Indian restaurants with a couple of chutneys alongside. The crackers have always seemed ethereally light and magically crisp. I never would have thought to serve them at home, or even knew the first thing about preparing them. This dead-simple appetizer recipe from Raghavan Iyer's new cookbook, Indian Cooking Unfolded, takes away that mystique and serves the crackers with an Indian twist on a couple of dips. More

Poppadums with Chile-Spiked Onion and Avocado Pomegranate Dip from 'Indian Cooking Unfolded'

My only experience eating poppadums has been in Indian restaurants with a couple of chutneys alongside. The crackers have always seemed ethereally light and magically crisp. I never would have thought to serve them at home, or even knew the first thing about preparing them. This dead-simple appetizer recipe from Raghavan Iyer's new cookbook, Indian Cooking Unfolded, takes away that mystique and serves the crackers with an Indian twist on a couple of dips. More

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