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Posted by : Guest Blogger, Thu, Jun 23 2011

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The International Indian Film Academy Awards are being held in Toronto today through Friday. Tickets for the ceremony sold out six months ago, which gives you a pretty good idea of just how "jai ho" big this is in the world of film. Thankfully, all those visiting producers, writers, and gorgeous actors and actresses will have some bloody awesome restaurants to choose from when it comes time to nosh, since Toronto is known as Canada's answer to Mumbai.

I LOVE Indian food, but have a pretty wimpy palate, which means not a lot of hot and spicy. I do love all the tangy intense (but not painful!) flavours of Indian cuisine, especially butter chicken (or murgh makhani as it's known on the subcontinent!). I know to true Indian food connoisseurs, butter chicken is probably like the roast beef and potatoes meal of the east, but to me, it is a delicious concoction.

I can't always find a good butter chicken option at restaurants and have tried some prepared sauces to make at home, but have been a bit intimidated at the idea of making it myself from scratch. To find a true, authentic recipe, I started surfing some blogs dedicated to Indian fare and wanted to share.

Sailu's Kitchen Blog
While looking for a butter chicken recipe, I came across a recipe for Vermicelli (Semiya) Biryani on Sailu's Kitchen blog and decided I would make it for my kids this weekend. Sailaja is a full-time mother and homemaker who loves to cook for her family. She focuses on flavours from the Andhra Pradesh region where she lives and prepares her recipes using farm-fresh produce from her local bazaar. The idea that Sailaja makes this meal for her family when she's "pressed for time" was strangely compelling to me. When I'm pressed for time preparing dinner for my three kids, I pull a box out of the freezer. I am trying this one for sure!

Spicy Tasty
While continuing my search for butter chicken, I came across this blog post for Tandoori chicken, my second favourite Indian food dish! The Spicy Tasty blog is actually written by three authors, two of whom live in the U.S., and features fabulous food porn photos and a great variety of recipes, categorized according to appetizers, veggie entrees and sides, desserts, and meat and seafood entrees.

What's For Lunch, Honey?
Finally, I found what I was looking for at What's for Lunch, Honey? Written by Meeta Wolf, an Indian expat currently living in Germany, Meeta's blog is well organized and she provides a little history or anecdote about the recipe as well as a "verdict" at the end that prepares you for, well, what you're preparing! I know this is going to be gooood!

So, my weekend just got booked! I've got a mittful of delicious recipes to try and can't wait.

What about you? Do you cook Indian from scratch or do you have the best restaurant in your town on speed dial?

Reni Walker is a lifestyle Content Producer (and a butter chicken lover for life!).

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Posted: Thu, Jun 23 2011 by Guest Blogger

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