8 Great Spicy Indian Dishes You Need To Try Right Now

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It should come to no surprise that Indians love spicy food, as this love is reflected in so many great Indian dishes. Not only is spicy food delicious but it is actually good for you too! It has been shown that spicy food can improve heart health, lower blood pressure, reduce your risk of cancer and help you lose weight. I recently found this article, which outlines some all-time great spicy Indian dishes, which I would like to share below.

1) Pork Vindaloo

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While Vindaloo originates from Goa, India, its heavy use of vinegar and the traditional meat of pork is heavily influenced by the Portuguese in the area. There are many variations to this recipe; some serve vindaloo with chicken or lamb mixed with potatoes (although the traditional dish does not include potatoes). In Goa, the authentic vindaloo is a dry-sauce based dish, incorporating pork fat, garlic, vinegar, jaggery and Kashmiri chili.

2) Phaal Curry

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This dish actually originated in Indian restaurants in Birmingham, United Kingdom. Phaal is one of the hottest Indian curry dishes available. It is a tomato-based thick curry, which includes ginger and optionally fennel seeds.

3) Laal Maas

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Rajasthan, a place dominated by vegetarian cuisine, is where you will laal maas. This red hot dish is the only non-vegetarian dish to have such widespread popularity in the area. Laal maas is a thick/semi gravy mutton curry prepared in a sauce of curd and hot spices. The deep red color and the spicy flavor derives from a special chili called the Mathania red chilli from Mathania in Jodhpur.

4) Chicken Chettinad

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Chicken Chettinad is one of the spiciest and most aromatic in India. The dish is extremely hot and pungent with fresh ground masalas, and topped with a boiled egg that is considered an essential part of the meal. Reflecting the dry environment of the region, Chettinad uses a variety of sun dried meats and salted vegetables.

5) Kozi Kari

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Kozi Kari comes from Kerala and is believed to be introduced to India by early Jewish settlers. This dish is a hot chicken curry made with a combination of hot fresh green chilli peppers and dried ground red chilli peppers. The variety of spices used in this dish make it one of the spiciest curries around.

6) Piro Aloo

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Here is a vegetarian dish that everyone will enjoy, even die-hard meat lovers. While Piro Aloo actually originated in Nepal, it has become an extremely popular dish in India as well. It is essentially a Nepalese take on the Indian favorite, Dum Aloo. This dish is a little more dry than its Indian counterpart, but it is also a lot more spicy.

7) Andhra Dry Mutton

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This dish is much less spicy than the others on the list, but Andhra food is absolutely amazing. It is usually complemented by rice and vegetarian dishes, making it a very balanced meal.

8) Kolhapuri Chicken

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Kolhapur is well-known for its love of spices. This is a spicy, hot, exotic and real Kolhapuri chicken. This pairs very well with homemade light, fluffy, crispy jwarichi bhakri or naan. Seriously, this dish is extremely hot!

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10 San Francisco Restaurants That You Need To Try

Mignon Dunbar shares her latest!

SF - Mignon DunbarSan Francisco is a hotbed of originality with a powerful restaurant scene. There is a seemingly endless list of innovative delicious places to dine. It is difficult to make a list that includes all of the amazing restaurants that San Francisco has to offer but we will do it anyway! Selected from Eater’s 38 Essential San Francisco Restaurants, here are my 10 favorite:

1) Outlanders

The restaurant opened in 2009 but recently went through renovations and a chef shuffling. Chef Yoni Levy is now at the restaurant, alongside pastry chef Brooke Mosley. The duo is continuing the traditions of amazing bread, gorgeous fog-friendly food in a laid back beach atmosphere.

2) Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant

Old Mandarin puts an interesting twist on Chinese fare. The cumin lamb, beef pancakes and the BYOB policy make this place an incredibly popular destination. This certainly is not the restaurant for healthy food but it offers amazing spicy food at a reasonable price.

3) Zazie

You will likely face some pretty long lines to get in front of a plate of the gingerbread pancakes, eggs Benedict and home fries, but trust me, the wait is worth it. Zazie is also a great spot for dinner with relatively affordable French classics. The back patio has a great vibe too!

4) La Taqueria

La Taqueria recently won the title for America’s Best Burrito after an extensive bracket challenge. There are plenty of great options for Mexican on Mission Street, but this place is hands down the best choice.

5) Four + Water

If you are in the mood for some sophisticated pizzas or pasta then F + W is the place to be. The line builds up as early as 5 p.m so if you are looking to get a table here, keep that in mind! This casual restaurant is always packed, giving it a very lively atmosphere.

6) Zuni Cafe

The Zuni’s burger, Caesar salad, bloody Mary and “the” chicken have all been called the best in the city. Zuni Cafe is the perfect for spot no matter what the occasion: brunch, late-night dining, cocktail or a date.

7) Namu Gaji

This spot serves up the most nuanced, contemporary take on Korean food around. The menu staples include: the KFC (chicken wings), stonepot rice, okonomiyaki and the dumplings. If time permits, it is worth checking out happy for for some gamja fries and Korean tacos.

8) Liholiho Yacht Club

A tribute to the Hawaiian islands, Liholiho is a blend of chef Kapur’s heritage and his Prospect pedigree. Perfectly described as a Hawaiian-Indian-NorCal cuisine, you will find dishes such as poppy seed steam buns with beef tongue and kimchi.

9) Nopa

Nopa does everything right, from the delicious, seasonal foods to the excellent cocktails and wines. Although this spot has been around for years, it is still one of the hardest places to grab a seat.

10) Cotogna

Cotogna is the casual Italian restaurant of your dreams. Great service and an innovative fixed-price wine program make Cotogna an easy choice for best resturants in the city. The vaiolo al uovo is a fan favorite!

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