What I'm thinking about these Daze
My Philosophy of Flavor, Wok in Progress
Early Version of "Heretic in the Church of Food"
Almost the version printed in Gastronomica.
- Whatever aromatics you use, don't use the same one in all the dishes if you want them to be noticed.
- Indians like some of the individual dishes to be way out of balance by themselves, like the mixed pickle and some of the chutneys, so the flavors of the other dishes can be pushed around.
For Americans, it might be more popular to take a small amount of the extreme dishes and mix it into the more normal dishes. But this defeats the purpose and drama of the meal. Sometimes the unexpected bite of a chili is like the glimpse of a tiger in the jungle. Petting a pussycat is not the same thing.
- Great meals need at least a few dishes that not everyone likes.