Curry is usually the first thing that comes to mind when a Westerner thinks of Indian food. In reality, curry is a western name for a particular blend of Indian spices known in India as 'Garam Masala.' It generaly is a powder made from black cardamom, green cardamom, cloves, black pepper, cinnamon, mace, nutmeg cummin seed and coriander seed.

Fortunately, Indian food is much more than just 'curry powder' and is almost as diverse as this country. It is true that many Indian dishes are spicy; however, there are plenty that are flavorful but not overwhelming to the western palate. In the following pages you will find Indian recipies tailored to make in the Western kitchen. Each recipe has been personally tested and rated on a scale of chili pepers -- one chili being very mild to five chilis meaning that the fire department should be notified prior to consumption.

In some areas of India, fish, chicken and other meats are commonly used; however, Varanasi is largely 'shakahari', or vegitarian--as such we will only include quality vegitarian recipies. We hope that you enjoy.

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