Indian Food Has Been Bastardized – Rahul Akerkar

There is no such thing as “Indian food.” It’s a fabrication of the West. Each state has its own regional cuisines: Maharashtra, Gujarat, Bengal. And then even the states have subcategories — there’s coastal Maharashtrian, inland Maharashtrian, Muslim-influenced. Sadly, what most of the world knows today as Indian food is bastardized, trivialized — tandoori chicken, black dal, everything deep-fried. And it’s just a shame that many Americans will only experience it in some buffet line in New Jersey.

– Famed Mumbai chef Rahul Akerkar in Wall Street Journal, November 23, 2011

Tandoori Chicken - A Staple at Indian Restaurants in the U.S.Tandoori Chicken – A Fixture at Most
Restaurants in U.S

Rahul Akerkar is right.

Most Indian restaurants in the U.S. are a disgrace serving food unfit for humans or animals.

Whether they’re run by South Indians or Punjabis, most Indian restaurants in the New Jersey-New York City region serve unpalatable inedible food.

And we say that with cockiness because we’ve dined at over 100 so-called Indian restaurants in NJ and NY.

Some of the worst offenders are Bhojan and Dhaba in NYC, Saravana Bhavan in West Windsor (NJ), Flavors of India in Columbia (MD) and Rangoli in Chantilly (VA).

4 Responses to "Indian Food Has Been Bastardized – Rahul Akerkar"

  1. vinith   December 5, 2011 at 6:02 am

    “Indian Food Has Been Bastardized”

    And SI is the prime victim of such bastardization.

  2. gandhiji   December 9, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    we stumbled upon a not-so-bastardized chinese restaurant..

    For a change we saw Chinese people dining in a chinese restaurant.. Easily the spiciest chinese food I have ever had.. They had frog legs, pork intestine, and black fungus on the menu.. I wanted to try the frog legs but the boss vetoed it. Will try to convince the boss next time.. Excellent food. Responds:

    Never tried Frog’s legs so far! One of these days surely.

    Off-topic: Have u tried caviar?

    Tried a new Belgian Beer yesterday – Leffe Blond ($4.99 for the big bottle). Decent. Might even review it. Back to our regular Guinness Extra Stout today

    • gandhiji   December 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm

      Caviar., haven’t yet. We can probably get it at the grocery store and try it out.. Or SI can visit and review it for us 😉

      Have tried Leffe once.. wasn’t too thrilled. Liked the 7.5% ABV, but it was kind of dull. After tasting flavorful Belgian-Styled beers like 3 Philosophers etc., I crave for more flavor in my beer. Not sure when you are going to embark on the imdb top 250 journey, but may be more thrilling ride. Responds:

      Compared to the many beers we’ve quaffed, we thought Leffe Blond displayed some character.

      We’ll find a sponsor for your Caviar tasting menu. 😉

    • gandhiji   December 9, 2011 at 8:46 pm

      I thought I posted something.. it is missing now. Have not tried caviar. Apparently it is available in grocery stores – may try it once instead of going to fancy restaurants..

      Have tried Leffe Blonde.. it was OK. Responds:

      Went into spam folder for some reason.

      Grocery store Caviar is like watching a Vijay or Abhishek Bachchan movie!

      Sure, they are images displayed on a screen but they ain’t movies for sure. 🙁

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