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#1 Old 03-12-2005, 11:40 AM
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Hi everyone,



I don't know much about indian food except that it's spicy and apparently the yogurt stuff they use to soothe those poor tastebuds contains dairy. Is there a good vegan alternative for this?
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#2 Old 03-12-2005, 12:00 PM
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I love Indian food, it is my favoite ethnic cousine. I guess if you are eating out at a restaurant, there isn't anything you can do about yogurt except order yogurt free food. If you are preparing it yourself, for recipes that call for yogurt, I'd use a plant based yogurt (like soy yogurt in place of cow yogurt).
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#3 Old 03-12-2005, 12:06 PM
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Ah, ok. I thought the dairy was what did the soothing, but wasn't sure... how does that work?
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I feel pretty damn soothed after eating indian food. I would say it is due to the spices. When I use curry at home, I feel uplifted just from the beautiful scent it omits.
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If you are preaprting it yourself, for recipes that call for yogurt, I'd use a plant based yogurt (like soy yogurt in place of cow yogurt).



All the soy yogurts I've found have been sweetened, rendering them useless for raita.
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All the soy yogurts I've found have been sweetened, rendering them useless for raita.



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Yeah soy yogurt is a bad idea. Bryanna Clark Grogan has a recipe for yogurt for that purpose but I looked real quick online and couldn't find it. I want to say it was very simple, silken tofu, salt, and either lemon juice or crushed up vitamin C tablets.



The reason dairy products provide relief from spicy food is that they contain fat, drinking full fat soymilk might might help.
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Not all indian food is spicy, in fact most of it is quite mild in heat. In fact some dishes can be quite sweet.



I've never found a reason for raita or yoghurt.



Here's a classic example of a 'regular' indian dish with little or no spicyness:



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Chana Masala



Ingredients

1 tbs. oil

1 15oz can of garbanzo beans, rinsed & drained

1 onion finely diced

2 cloves garlic minced

2 tsp. fresh ginger

3 tbs. tomato paste

1 cup water

1 tbs. lemon juice

1 tsp. cumin seeds

2 tsp. ground coriander

1/8 tsp. turmeric

1 tsp. garam masala

pinch of salt

pinch cayenne (optional - this is the spicy bit)

2 cups basmati rice



Method

Start cooking basmati rice as per instructions.



In a saucepan, heat oil and fry cumin seeds in a tbs. or so of oil for a few seconds. Add onions, fry until they start to brown. Lower heat, add coriander, turmeric, garam masala, salt, ginger, & garlic. Mix and cook, stirring all the while, for a minute. Add water, paste and bring to a boil. Add garbanzo beans, lemon juice, & cayenne. Mix, cover & cook over medium for 15 minutes or until beans are soft. You can add a little water it all dries up. Serve over basmati rice.

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Where I eat I just wuss out and order everything medium or mild if its supposed to be spicy. Most places will cook things to order.
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The reason dairy products provide relief from spicy food is that they contain fat, drinking full fat soymilk might might help.



Yup, when my bf makes curries they're pretty spicy, so I drink vanilla soymilk with them, it works for me.
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The best drink with a curry, in my opinion, is a beer.
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an indian beer like a Taj!

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I've never found a reason for raita or yoghurt.



The reason for raita is it's yummy! But so far I haven't been able to make vegan raita. I can, however, make a vegan version of my mom's cucumber and sour cream salad, and that's almost as good as raita.
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Soy yogurt is not "a bad idea." Sweetened yogurt, of any kind, is a bad idea. Wildwood makes an unsweetened plain that, if you can find it, would be perfect for raita. Or lassis!
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This c/b Indian-food heresy but if I want a creamy texture for my curries I add a little coconut milk. Done and done. And soothing? Fugedaboudit.
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Soy yogurt is not "a bad idea." Sweetened yogurt, of any kind, is a bad idea. Wildwood makes an unsweetened plain that, if you can find it, would be perfect for raita. Or lassis!



Oh, thank you! I've never seen that brand, but I'm going to see if my NFS can special-order it for me. You are so awesome! Thank you!
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Mango chutney is generally vegan and it's cooling. Ditto coconut and cilantro chutney.
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You could make raita out of soy sour cream, like Sour Supreme.



The Indian restaurant I frequent the most has a non-spicy mint chutney. I find it does a great job to soothe the spicy mouth.
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