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Post by Hank W. » Thu Aug 10, 2006 3:09 pm

OK, thats enough, now I need to go test the metal plate in my local slop. They do a wicked good Butter Chicken ;)


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Re: Indian Restaurants in Helsinki / Espoo area

Post by Richard » Thu Aug 10, 2006 3:11 pm

sinikala wrote:
raumagal wrote:We are making a trip to Helsinki / Espoo next week and wanted to go to a good Indian restaurant. Any recommendations?

thanks very much! :D
Namaskaar is passable, not great, but the best I've had here.
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Post by sinikala » Thu Aug 10, 2006 3:13 pm

raamv wrote: Curry in North India is WET : veggies cooked in masala("onions ginger garlic and tomatoes"=masala)
It's a long time since I tried learning some Gujarati, but some useless things stick in my head some numbers & "namak keyan che?". Correct me if I'm wrong but masala = mixture, e.g. garam masala = hot mixture and this can be a mix of dry spices.
raamv wrote:As for Dosa(roasted rice thin pancakes), EEEKks...Lucky for me that the Best South Indian chef in the world is staying in my house now (Wow Thanx Ma)!! I can enjoy something close to a bliss in terms of food!
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Post by karen » Thu Aug 10, 2006 3:18 pm

Hank W. wrote:OK, thats enough, now I need to go test the metal plate in my local slop. They do a wicked good Butter Chicken ;)
Butter Chicken is the standard test for us. If the Butter Chicken is bad, we don't go back. We had to eat at Maharajah in July. It used to be good stuff, but we won't go back. I don't know what happened, but it was salty and way too pink.

Curry Palace has a rotating lunch menu. Butter chicken was Tuesday this week, so drop in 4 weeks from now and give it a try. Of course, the lunch version isn't as buttery or cashewy (bless me!) as the ala carte but still delish!

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Post by raamv » Thu Aug 10, 2006 3:27 pm

Correction: Curry in North India is WET : veggies cooked in some "sauce" also called masala ("onions ginger garlic and tomatoes"=masala)[/quote]

"namak keyan che?" namak=salt. I dont recall what keyan (spelling?) means.
Correct me if I'm wrong but masala = mixture which is either wet or dry.
e.g. garam masala = hot mixture and this can be a mix of dry spices (CORRECT)
In North India, The finished product is also known with the mixture that it was cooked with ( example: Chole masala is also a dry mixture for making "chick-peas in a sauce" which is also called "Chole masala".
Saag panneer is "spinach with fried cheese" in a sauce are some exception as if garam masala is used, the masala is dropped.
In South India, the finished product of a curry is known by the vegetable or meat that it is made of ( Like potato curry, carrot-onion curry: In this case, the veggies are roasted with the spices).
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Post by sinikala » Thu Aug 10, 2006 5:27 pm

namak keyan che? I am sure the spelling is totally wrong, it's been over a decade... I remember it as being "where is the salt" ... "indun keyan che" where are the eggs.... not so useful :lol: Chole = channa in gujarati?

So you say "There is NO Indian restaurant in either Stockholm or helsinki."
so of those that are puporting to be Indian / Nepalese.... do you think they serve food which is edible?
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Post by raamv » Thu Aug 10, 2006 6:02 pm

sinikala wrote:namak keyan che? I am sure the spelling is totally wrong, it's been over a decade... I remember it as being "where is the salt" ... "indun keyan che" where are the eggs.... not so useful :lol: Chole = channa in gujarati?
So you say "There is NO Indian restaurant in either Stockholm or helsinki."
so of those that are puporting to be Indian / Nepalese.... do you think they serve food which is edible?
Gujarathi is close to Hindi!! A Lot of terms are similar to Hindi but then verbs are different. namak is salt in Hindi and Gujju, uppu is salt in Tamil, Malayalam. indun(mebbe) is eggs in Gujju, in Hindi eggs are Anda, in Tamil: muttai. In Hindi "where is the salt" is "Namak Kahaan hai" ( kahaan=where)
I never said that they serve unedible food. They are not Indian Restaurants IMO.
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Post by Hank W. » Thu Aug 10, 2006 6:30 pm

*burp* ... the local slop had the old cooks on a day off and someone off the mop doing the food... I'll retract the butter chicken to being just wicked - even I could do better :twisted: next week need to check the slop next to work, if they've sold out to the local old ladies' tastebuds... The slop in Klaukkala has kept their food up to par, but need to go check them out though Indian dishes in a Pub restaurant with an Italian name, with Finnish home cooking menu are usually... "interesting".
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Post by raamv » Thu Aug 10, 2006 6:40 pm

Tadpole'sMommy wrote: Butter Chicken is the standard test for us. If the Butter Chicken is bad, we don't go back. We had to eat at Maharajah in July. It used to be good stuff, but we won't go back. I don't know what happened, but it was salty and way too pink.
Good test that!! its the easiest to cook! I use the garlic marinated chicken for it, make some small (holes)piercings in the chicken when marinating using a mini 3-pronged fork and braise it with a little ghee ( or the liquid butter that you get in prisma) and 1 spoon of cumene powder, 1-2 spoons of coriander powder and 1 spoon of garam masala.
The masala is always optional. But then its way easy to make it with the pasta sauce with basil from Lidl or Prisma depending on how much you wanna spend, and tikka masala ( or curry sauce from Lidl- though I rarely use this yukky stuff) to make a mouth watering buttered chicken tikka masala. both ready in 20 minutes.
OTOH, I would rather test the best Indian restaurant with their lamb offerings.
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Post by Mark I. » Thu Aug 10, 2006 7:04 pm

What do you think about Nepalese restaurant Gorkha?
http://www.eat.fi/?str=2&restaurant=148&showComments=1

I ate there lamb a week ago, it was pretty good.

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Post by raamv » Thu Aug 10, 2006 7:08 pm

MHH wrote:What do you think about Nepalese restaurant Gorkha?
http://www.eat.fi/?str=2&restaurant=148&showComments=1
I ate there lamb a week ago, it was pretty good.
Dunno!! Never ate there. :oops:
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Post by sammy » Thu Aug 10, 2006 8:41 pm

Tadpole'sMommy wrote:We had to eat at Maharajah in July. It used to be good stuff, but we won't go back. I don't know what happened
I have a similar experience, though not quite recent. Went to Maharaja (we're talking about the restaurant on Mannerheimintie, right?) years and years ago... maybe 97-98 or so... back then it was very good I'd say. But later, a few years ago I was quite disappointed when I was expecting similar yummy foods. I can't put my finger on why exactly... but it wasn't the same anymore :cry: Haven't been there since.

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Post by Hank W. » Fri Aug 11, 2006 4:13 pm

Another "can't be Indian" experience on comparted metal plates ;). Was to the Myyrmanni mall, and the "Indian Curry King" which I thought was halfway decent had changed into "Bombay Express"... the butter chicken was your generic lunch fare. The "naan" was more like chapati I think. Small round, yellowy... Just going out noticed they claimed to do "South Indian Delicacies" like dosa and uttapam...

Have to say a better fare, nice big spices, than from my local slop, but still on the "rather eat this than get beaten up" variety. Need to sample it now a few times before I say anything definitive. As it is in the mall the food gets probably "toned down" quite a lot.
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Post by Paul_D » Fri Aug 11, 2006 4:45 pm

Regarding Namaskar, there are different ones in Helsinki, and it's not like Mc Donalds : it is different from one place to another.

There is the Namaskar lunch fast-food of the railway station. On the fast-food section, it beats Hesburger by a mile, for the taste and most probably also for the nutrional values of the food, but it may disappoint the gourmets' taste and the lovers of spices.

There is the Namaskar in taka-Töölö, on Mannerheimintie. Hotest fish vindaloo I have ever taken there :shock: Passable for an evening, but not thaaaat great.

And the third one I know, it's the one in Bulevardi. This one is quite great, very good food, good atmosphere.

After that, debating on whether or not an indian restaurant can beat your indian mother's cuisine, that's a bit an over-heard story about each country :roll: Blah blah blah, the cuisine of my country is better than the ones of the neighbouring countries... blah blah blah, you have to go to (holy) India to taste real indian food... blah blah blah my mother is a great cook ... blah blah blah the french fries of Mc Donalds beat the ones of Hesburger... blah blah blah Indian food tastes better when eaten with your fingers or with a naan blah blah blah... :roll: A forum is to discuss and to be opened to different points of view, not for someone to blog his life, tastes and dislikes, and putting down all others. And the subject of the topic was a recommandation for an indian restaurant in Helsinki/Espoo, not a question about what is indian food, how it should be eaten, etc.

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Post by enk » Fri Aug 11, 2006 11:08 pm

Pöh, any restaurant would beat my mother's cooking :lol:

Honestly, my father was the one who cooked in our family :D

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