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Post by enk » Fri Aug 18, 2006 11:51 am

sammy wrote:Someone's in a spoonerism mode today... :wink:
:D I've been having a fun morning as due to massive sleep deficit I've
been reading things wrong all morning.

Beware, more incomprehensible than normal thought stream follows:
I read the chick's name in this article as Antijuntti, which lead me
to repondering what is Antichrist in Russian (which was a question
that someone asked me in class the other day :D) (it appears to be
антихрист). But what would antijuntti then be in Russian,
антидеревенщина maybe?

It's no wonder my head hurts most of the time ;)

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Post by raamv » Fri Aug 18, 2006 2:34 pm

helios wrote::roll:
That leaf is called arasa ellai... from the huge arasa maram..
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I am sure that none cept Tamil speaking people understood what you meant.
Ellai Or pronounced "elai" means "Leaf" and "maram" is tree.
The tree is question is Ficus religiosa or the Sacred Fig Tree or the Bodhi Tree
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Post by raamv » Fri Aug 18, 2006 2:41 pm

sinikala wrote: Curry for breakfast?
yummmy I miss this Idli (Rice pancakes) Vada(Spicy deep fried donuts) Sambhar(Which has Dhal)











and Dosa ( Another thin crispy pancakes) Sambhar


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Indian restaurant in Helsinki

Post by boltfromheaven » Fri Dec 28, 2007 5:04 pm

I feel I have to correct a general impression that is being passed on to Finns by persons from Britain and anglophile finns. Somehow no restaurant in Finland calling itself an Indian restaurant can come close to some two-bit ex-pub or ex-church-now-an-Indian-restaurant-in-its-fifth-avatar in the UK. Just because there are so many over there does not in anyway qualify them as being good. Over 95% of them are absolutely dire, serving exactly the same oily menu probably sourced from one single huge kitchen-factory in Birmingham. And I dont think I am the only one who thinks so. Let me let you into a secret. The best Indian food outside the Indian subcontinent ( and yes, unfortunately for the Brits, the best Indian food is still to be found in the subcontinent - a roadside stall anywhere in the subcontinent has vastly superior food to anything outside) is in the USA! Yep. The restaurants where there are many Indian software professionals such as Sunnyvale or other parts of the Silicon valley, Dallas, Irving or Houston in Texas, Boston, Atlanta and Washington have some superb Indian restaurants for the simple, single reason that their clientale is by and large Indian. They have to be good. So, the next time you are in the US and want a good meal, go tap into your navsat and find yourself and Indian restaurant. Or Thai, Vietnamese,Malay, Ethiopian, Indian-Chinese or even South African. The US has them all and they are all really good for very similar reasons. The heavy ethnic clientale.

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Post by Hank W. » Fri Dec 28, 2007 5:56 pm

So what you mean "Authentic Indian Cuisine" and no haggis pakoras?
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Post by Karhunkoski » Sat Dec 29, 2007 10:34 pm

Talking of Indian restaurants, we tried our local one today, have to give it AAA grade. All ingredients fresh and well prepared. Actually prefer it to many I tried in the UK. Well done Finland!
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Post by sinikala » Sat Dec 29, 2007 11:43 pm

boltfromheaven wrote:And I dont think I am the only one who thinks so. Let me let you into a secret. The best Indian food outside the Indian subcontinent ( and yes, unfortunately for the Brits, the best Indian food is still to be found in the subcontinent - a roadside stall anywhere in the subcontinent has vastly superior food to anything outside).
Spent the 3 weeks up to Christmas in Rajasthan and I have to report, sadly that the best Indian food isn't found in that part of the sub-continent.

The quality of the ingredients was poor, everything was swimming in ghee, hygiene was non-existent.

I love curries ... not so fond of amoebic dysentery though. Lost 4.5kg in 3 weeks. :lol:
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Post by Paul_D » Sun Dec 30, 2007 11:46 pm

Regarding the taste of the food in indian/nepalese restaurants of Helsinki, opinions vary from one person to another, and that's pretty normal, eh?

Not even to mention that one person can be satisfied one day in a restaurant, and disappointed an other day in the same restaurant... It has happened to me, for instance with Annapurna. There can be many reasons for that: different dishes, different cook, good/bad mood, mistakes in the recipe (too much salt, for instance) or miracles (tasting the best plate ever made by the cook), etc.

At least, among the (many) indian/nepalese restaurants of Helsinki that I put on the good side, there's one that I put in a category of its own : Maharaja, because it is the only whose very-spicy dishes are even too spicy for me :oops: They suggest 3 different level of spices for the vindaloo and an other one, and the two times when I chose the "very spicy" option (fish vindaloo in ~2004 and some lamb-stuff-not-vindaloo in october 2007), the waiter/waitress was saying to me that maybe I should take the "medium spicy", because the "very spicy" was really really spicy. I insisted, and I found out that the waiter was right, it was really really spicy. I was burning, sweating, paralysed at some points by the fierce spices :shock: I won't take the "very spicy" of this restaurant anymore, I learned my lesson after 2 attempts (and yes, I could eat all the dishes anyway, thanks to sisu-power) ; but I keep this address in mind for people who would believe that these indian/nepalese restaurants in Finland can't serve as spicy as in India 8)

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Post by Hank W. » Mon Dec 31, 2007 4:49 am

sinikala wrote: The quality of the ingredients was poor, everything was swimming in ghee, hygiene was non-existent.
So now you won't be looking for "authentic Indian"? :lol:
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T"he UK has an 'Indian tradition' for almost 3 centurie

Post by boltfromheaven » Mon Dec 31, 2007 9:10 am

Yes, the British have been in India for 3 centuries, but the first Indian restaurant in the UK opened in London during the latter part of the 19th century (Veeraswamy's or something similar). It was run by an ex-army officer whose clientale was largely ex-Indian Army or ex Indian Civil Service. And the menu was not "Indian food" as we know today. It was the watered down, tame food that was the staple of the British in India (Mulligatawny soup and the like) and went by the name of "colonial food".
This cuisine was not popular amongst the general populace in the UK. I read somewhere that the first Indian restaurants in Europe were actually in Paris (due to the Pondicherry connection).

Indian restaurants in the UK today are by and large a 1950's phenomenon (which is also the time when the first wave of "techies" moved to the US).

I agree that its really common to hear "lets go for a curry" in the UK and nothing like that exists in the US. No doubt about it, the UK has a far stronger "curry" tradition than the US or any other western country. But somehow, in my opinion, that does not translate into good food.

Please don't get me wrong. There are many superb Indian restaurants in the UK (Khans, Bombay Palace and the small veggie restaurants next to Kings Cross in London are great places that I have visited) but the run-of-the-mill stuff that predominates in the country is not so endearing. I don't believe it has anything to do with the fact that most Indian restaurants in the UK are owned by persons from Bangladesh. That's just a result of demographics with the former Indian owners moving away from restaurant and corner-shop ownership into other professions. The menu was the same back then.

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Post by Karhunkoski » Mon Dec 31, 2007 10:13 am

boltfromheaven wrote: . But somehow, in my opinion, that does not translate into good food.
Have to agree with you there, out of the 10,000 "Indians restaurants" in the UK, there are many which struggle to meet a decent standard. The typical "Let's go for a Ruby Murray" after a skinful of beers shares much with the "Let's go for a Donner Kebab" - i.e. pretty much any crap can be served up and the punters leave contented (as once quoted to me by a takeaway owner, through a big cheesy grin).

IIRC, most curry houses in the UK use Patak's bulk prepacked sauces, leaving little to individual flair :(
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Post by Ancilla » Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:16 pm

If you like Punjabi food.. come to the Gurdwara (=Sikh temple) in Sörnäinen.. the langar is served on Sunday afternoons :D
It's delicious, FREE, and you get to eat as much as you want :wink:

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Post by Mölkky-Fan » Thu Dec 16, 2010 1:32 pm

ravintolaaangan wrote:Ravintola Aangan is also good one, it has Indian Cuisines too, http://www.aangan.fi you can visit here for its ala carta and lounas Recipe
as your user name is the same as the restaurant name, I am sure you are not the most impartial judge...
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Post by sinikala » Thu Dec 16, 2010 3:09 pm

Grim looking Nepalese restaurant, serving food in steel prison style trays.

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Re: Indian Restaurants in Helsinki / Espoo area

Post by sinikala » Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:33 pm

khanjee wrote:I think that is Banyan tree leaf, I have also eaten on this leaf and the dish was Aaloo Channa Masala. But I visited most of the restaurants of Turku serving Indian and South Asian food. I did not have a good experience, at last one friend of mine, Velli Pekka, recommended Ravintola Royal Curry House which is situated at Hameenkatu 9, 20500 Turku. I tried lunch there, it was perfect . I tried it many times after that and I always came out happy from there. Not only the food, but their service is excellent. They are the experts in Indian food. I recommend it to all those friends who love to have spicy and good Indian food. Spicy does not mean that it should always be hot. Visit http://www.royalcurryhouse.fi
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