indian food vs. italian food

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indian food 74
italian food 48


iatee, Sunday, 6 November 2011 21:49 (eight years ago) link

i like indian food as much as the next person but i didn't even think about this for one second

J0rdan S., Sunday, 6 November 2011 21:49 (eight years ago) link

"indian" food

"italian" food

max, Sunday, 6 November 2011 21:50 (eight years ago) link

j0rdan i submit you don't like indian food as much as the next person

horseshoe, Sunday, 6 November 2011 21:55 (eight years ago) link

"max" what do u mean

2191: celebrate the m bisontennial (m bison), Sunday, 6 November 2011 21:56 (eight years ago) link

i think he prob means many of us have only experienced the american version of these cuisines. which are v good at their best. i do think my access to the "authentic" thing wrt indian food will influence my vote. would love to eat my way through italy one day.

horseshoe, Sunday, 6 November 2011 21:57 (eight years ago) link

I have never been to india but the italian food I had in italy did not seem like it had magical properties that the (good) italian food I've had in america didn't have

iatee, Sunday, 6 November 2011 21:58 (eight years ago) link

it was just served to me by total assholes

iatee, Sunday, 6 November 2011 21:59 (eight years ago) link

American versions: Only ever had American, but that was so piss poor I have to assume Indian is better.

UK versions: Italian arguably more authentic but I think I might weigh toward Indian.

National versions: Tuscan vs Rajastani FITE. Too close to call.

50,000 raspberries with the face of Peter Ndlovu (aldo), Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:01 (eight years ago) link

i intensely crave marinara sauce about a million times a week. marinara is a marvelous invention.

horseshoe, Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:01 (eight years ago) link

Sorry, that should read Italian American.

50,000 raspberries with the face of Peter Ndlovu (aldo), Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:02 (eight years ago) link

oh yeah possibly max also meant that there is a lot of diversity within these cuisines, but in the american version, one region tends to dominate.

horseshoe, Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:03 (eight years ago) link

Both cuisines have truly amazing breadth and even italians and indians are unlikely to be familar with the whole of them. The dietary restrictions practised by the great majority of indians have perhaps limited the indian cuisine in terms of fish and meat dishes, so that opens the door to italy staying in the competition. I must think.

Aimless, Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:03 (eight years ago) link

"max" what do u mean

― 2191: celebrate the m bisontennial (m bison), Sunday, November 6, 2011 4:56 PM (6 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

i think he prob means many of us have only experienced the american version of these cuisines. which are v good at their best. i do think my access to the "authentic" thing wrt indian food will influence my vote. would love to eat my way through italy one day.

― horseshoe, Sunday, November 6, 2011 4:57 PM (5 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

oh tbrr i meant that there are dozens (hundreds?) of indian cuisines and dozens of italian cuisines and like probably there are specific regions of india whose food i like more than specific regions of italy and vice versa

but yeah also the 'authenticity' thing i guess, sure

xxp you know me!! you really know me!!!!

max, Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:04 (eight years ago) link

goans cook fish. bengalis too. kashmiri lamb dishes are the best meat dishes IN THE WORLD. /biased.

xp <3

horseshoe, Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:04 (eight years ago) link

I think max meant that there really is no true meaning behind the combination of letters that make up "italian" and "indian" and without any real meaning in language how can we even have polls

iatee, Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:05 (eight years ago) link

The dietary restrictions practised by the great majority of indians have perhaps limited the indian cuisine in terms of fish and meat dishes, so that opens the door to italy staying in the competition. I must think.

― Aimless, Sunday, November 6, 2011 5:03 PM (41 seconds ago) Bookmark

false, a cuisine can be completely delicious absent meat and fish dishes.

still I dunno which one to vote for

ASPIE Rocky (dayo), Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:05 (eight years ago) link

indian muslims cook a bunch of meat btw, and deliciously

horseshoe, Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:05 (eight years ago) link

ime the best american italian food can vie with the best italian italian food but theres just so much more good italian food, and so much cheaper, in italy

max, Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:05 (eight years ago) link

no matter what the result, ilx will affirm that mexican food is better than either Food Wars: Mexican Food v. Italian Food

ASPIE Rocky (dayo), Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:06 (eight years ago) link

hmm I wonder why there's so much good and cheap italian food in italy

it is a mystery

ASPIE Rocky (dayo), Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:06 (eight years ago) link

I think americans can do a lot of world cuisines super well, we can also set world records for food awfulness

iatee, Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:06 (eight years ago) link

we can also set world records for food awfulness

― iatee, Sunday, November 6, 2011 5:06 PM (40 seconds ago) Bookmark

no that's still england

J0rdan S., Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:07 (eight years ago) link

all time classic quote:

have only really had the fast-foody burrito/taco/quesadilla/whatever stuff, from some pretty authentic and reputable joints, and sure it's nice, and sure if i had a goat's cheese tostada i might cream myself a little, but *sigh* O Italian food. O. O.

― One idiot even called me "redcoat" because I'm (country matters), Sunday, August 2, 2009 5:14 PM (2 years ago)

iatee, Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:07 (eight years ago) link

haha xp

iatee, Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:07 (eight years ago) link

just fyi to all both of these are good and u dont really have to choose or vote in the poll or actually even post to this thread

― max, Monday, August 3, 2009 11:20 AM (2 years ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

max, Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:08 (eight years ago) link

I'd vote Indian food over anything altho if you count "wine" as Italian food that makes it a little tougher

unlistenable in philly (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:08 (eight years ago) link

sure if i had a goat's cheese tostada i might cream myself

i can't eat dinner now, because of this

J0rdan S., Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:08 (eight years ago) link

seriously don't count india out of the meat game until you've tried the kashmiri gushtaba:

http://pakistanifoodrecipies.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/gushtaba1.jpg

horseshoe, Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:09 (eight years ago) link

are those brains?

tunnel joe (harbl), Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:09 (eight years ago) link

also division between pakistan and india is arbitrary and colonial so i'm including pakistan and pakistanis eat meat all day and all night

xp lol shut up

horseshoe, Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:10 (eight years ago) link

lol "don't count India out until you feast your eyes on this appalling thing"

unlistenable in philly (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:10 (eight years ago) link

those are called "meatballs"

max, Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:10 (eight years ago) link

also division between pakistan and india is arbitrary and colonial so i'm including pakistan and pakistanis eat meat all day and all night

xp lol shut up

― horseshoe, Sunday, November 6, 2011 5:10 PM (16 seconds ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

welllllll so is the divide between france and italy so im including it too. and greece also.

max, Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:10 (eight years ago) link

and spain i guess

max, Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:10 (eight years ago) link

nehari is a really good pakistani beef dish but pictures of it are gross. you have to take my word for it.

xp but really. india and pakistan.

horseshoe, Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:11 (eight years ago) link

butter VS olive oil (is what it comes down to)

chief rocker frankie crocker (m coleman), Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:11 (eight years ago) link

Italian food is one of those unchallenging comfort things that it's stupid to say you like because EVERYONE LIKES IT EXCEPT VEGANS AND WEIRDOS. It's way cooler to say you like I don't know one specific kind of kimchee, or unagi sushi or something. You know what? I fcuking love Italian food, Americanized or otherwise. To me, there's no greater flavor range in the world than garlic + tomato + lemon + rosemary, and 100 variations on that theme.

WE DO NOT HAVE "SECRET" "MEETINGS." I DO NOT HAVE A SECOND (Laurel), Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:11 (eight years ago) link

haha the picture is funny because i can't tell what the scale is. i'm imagining they are like 8 inches in diameter and that is a huge pot
anyway i pick india

tunnel joe (harbl), Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:11 (eight years ago) link

gushtabas are meatballs. the meat is pulverized for hours. cooked kashmiri style in a yogurt sauce.

horseshoe, Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:11 (eight years ago) link

gushtabas are huge!

horseshoe, Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:12 (eight years ago) link

i can't believe i am posting about kashmiri food on the internet i need to stop.

horseshoe, Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:12 (eight years ago) link

yeah meatballs in yogurt, cool dish kashmir

max, Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:12 (eight years ago) link

i will seriously kill you you're insulting my mom right now max

horseshoe, Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:13 (eight years ago) link

false, a cuisine can be completely delicious absent meat and fish dishes

show me where I said any such falsehood.

also, yes, I do know that not everyone in india is hindu and that meat and fish are incorporated into indian cuisine, but I was thinking that perhaps the full creative power of the tradition had not been brought to bear, as opposed to the effloresence of their vegetarian dishes.

Aimless, Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:13 (eight years ago) link

what vegans say they don't like Italian food? I will sic the ghost of my great-grandmother on them, she'll be rattlin ghost chains and yelling mangia

2191: celebrate the m bisontennial (m bison), Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:14 (eight years ago) link

mughal dynasty cooking is very meat and cream heavy (korma, for example) and is represented well in indian restaurants in the u.s.

horseshoe, Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:14 (eight years ago) link

i have an indian coworker and his family is from gujarat and he is a vegetarian. he loves subway and candy!

tunnel joe (harbl), Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:14 (eight years ago) link

well american restaurant korma is inauthentic but still tasty

horseshoe, Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:15 (eight years ago) link

m bison: Because in "Italian" restaurants EVERYTHIGN HAS CHEESE except a plain dish of pasta with tomatoes diced on top of it, which the kitchen will grudgingly make for vegetarians and small food-intolerant children.

xp KORMA IS MY FAVORITE.

WE DO NOT HAVE "SECRET" "MEETINGS." I DO NOT HAVE A SECOND (Laurel), Sunday, 6 November 2011 22:15 (eight years ago) link

*rolls eyes*

max, Tuesday, 15 November 2011 00:13 (eight years ago) link

*lols*

unlistenable in philly (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Tuesday, 15 November 2011 00:35 (eight years ago) link

*great britain*

ah, how quaint (Matt P), Tuesday, 15 November 2011 00:44 (eight years ago) link

wow. so many votes!

Alan Shearer (ken c), Tuesday, 15 November 2011 00:46 (eight years ago) link

bless you, great britain, for choosing the butter chicken over the spag bol.

reconstituted pork offal slurry (get bent), Tuesday, 15 November 2011 00:48 (eight years ago) link

its tough to vote against risotto but sometimes you have to do it

ogmor, Tuesday, 15 November 2011 01:00 (eight years ago) link

nb: i abstained from this poll

ah, how quaint (Matt P), Tuesday, 15 November 2011 01:01 (eight years ago) link

i should have abstained. i voted indian out of ethnic pride but it was too hard a call, really.

horseshoe, Tuesday, 15 November 2011 01:02 (eight years ago) link

I didnt vote, I couldnt choose.

Trayce, Tuesday, 15 November 2011 01:06 (eight years ago) link

this poll helped me choose my dinner tonight ... for real. it's gonna be chicken kashmiri!!

Gay Andy Taffel (Eisbaer), Tuesday, 15 November 2011 01:14 (eight years ago) link

I'm glad to be on the right side for once

ASPIE Rocky (dayo), Tuesday, 15 November 2011 01:46 (eight years ago) link

i approve

buzza, Tuesday, 15 November 2011 01:56 (eight years ago) link

i really can't choose ... and it's a shame that my stomach has gotten so fucked up over the years that i have to take it easy when eating the finest of either of these fine cuisines. lotsa alfredo sauce and no vindaloos any more sadly ;_;

Gay Andy Taffel (Eisbaer), Tuesday, 15 November 2011 02:00 (eight years ago) link

yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss this poll yay

sex-poodle Al Gore (DJP), Tuesday, 15 November 2011 19:13 (eight years ago) link

saag ravioli

underrated erowid reports I have read (am0n), Tuesday, 15 November 2011 19:21 (eight years ago) link

real talk in this thread

The Uncanny Frankie Valley (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 15 November 2011 20:11 (eight years ago) link

jeez u guys

jon /bia /tche 2.0 (Lamp), Tuesday, 15 November 2011 23:20 (eight years ago) link

jalfrezi u guys

sex-poodle Al Gore (DJP), Tuesday, 15 November 2011 23:21 (eight years ago) link

eat thali every day lamp!

ogmor, Wednesday, 16 November 2011 17:02 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

I love Indian Food like Chappatis, Poori, dals, rice, Saag, makki di roti etc.
I also like Indian restaurant where the Indian food is served. My Favorite Indian veg. restaurant is " Haveli - Indian Food Restaurant ".

Romita, Monday, 16 September 2013 07:15 (six years ago) link

another ilx travesty

bearing in mind that my only experience is the anglo simulacra for which i'm eternally guilty and apologize to the gods of cuisine i still think this was the right result within the confines of this entirely hypothetical split

i'm not racist, i just dislike rap (Noodle Vague), Monday, 16 September 2013 07:43 (six years ago) link

i approve

― buzza, Monday, November 14, 2011 5:56 PM (1 year ago)

velko, Monday, 16 September 2013 07:57 (six years ago) link

Disappointed there was no Italian-Indian fusion poll option.

Wantaway Striker (ithappens), Monday, 16 September 2013 08:43 (six years ago) link

Baltipizza. Vindaloosagne.

they all are afflicted with a sickness of existence (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 16 September 2013 08:55 (six years ago) link

Indian on sat
Italian yesterday
Off work today

Thks obama

tuomas finnchon (darraghmac), Monday, 16 September 2013 09:07 (six years ago) link

I made keema lasgane and chicken tikka canneloni years ago, the results were on I Love Cooking - or, since search doesn't find them, more likely on Two Weeks/Sandbox versions of that board.

Ian Glasper's trapped in a scone (aldo), Monday, 16 September 2013 09:37 (six years ago) link

Wait, I found it:

So what have you cooked lately?

Ian Glasper's trapped in a scone (aldo), Monday, 16 September 2013 09:39 (six years ago) link

indian is almost guaranteed to cause damage to my guts. or at least yr east london curry will anyway, even in the nicer places.

italian seems to be sinned against quite frequently in restaurants, so many average or below average restaurants are "italian", ime.

Evil Juice Box Man (LocalGarda), Monday, 16 September 2013 09:39 (six years ago) link

A bad Indian is worse than a bad Italian but there are so many bad examples of both pretty much anywhere you go. A good Indian beats a really great Italian though, even in a really good Italian restaurant you get past the antipasti/pasta courses and the options can seem nice but not terribly exciting.

Matt DC, Monday, 16 September 2013 09:43 (six years ago) link

i guess the thing with "Italian" is that it relies a lot on quality of ingredients - obv to a large extent all cuisine does, but a lot of Italian dishes seem to be about simple stuff presented to its best advantage. this is why i cook pasta dishes two or three times a week but don't do my own "Indian" meals anything like as often

i know that this is all very broad generalizations

i'm not racist, i just dislike rap (Noodle Vague), Monday, 16 September 2013 11:17 (six years ago) link

Yeah I would agree with that. The best Italian meals I've had haven't been doing anything earth-shattering in theory but have just been sourced and prepared impeccably.

Matt DC, Monday, 16 September 2013 11:23 (six years ago) link

same with spanish imo, to an extent.

i feel like loads of great cooking prob has roots in italian ways but this isn't what many "italian" restaurants do.

Evil Juice Box Man (LocalGarda), Monday, 16 September 2013 11:37 (six years ago) link

microwave italian food vs microwave indian food would be a better poll

^ sarcasm (ken c), Monday, 16 September 2013 11:58 (six years ago) link

still Indian, possibly by a wider margin imo

i'm not racist, i just dislike rap (Noodle Vague), Monday, 16 September 2013 12:01 (six years ago) link

microwave lasagne though (horse or not) is truly beautiful

^ sarcasm (ken c), Monday, 16 September 2013 12:05 (six years ago) link

whereas microwave chicken jalfrazi is always a bit..

^ sarcasm (ken c), Monday, 16 September 2013 12:05 (six years ago) link

Which foodstuff has more tomato and cheese? Hmm.

emil.y, Monday, 16 September 2013 12:11 (six years ago) link

that wd normally sway me but i think i wd take "mexican" over "indian" over "italian"

i'm not racist, i just dislike rap (Noodle Vague), Monday, 16 September 2013 12:29 (six years ago) link

I haven't looked at what won this poll, but I wanted to make clear that the results are a travesty

Euler, Monday, 16 September 2013 16:16 (six years ago) link

i guess the thing with "Italian" is that it relies a lot on quality of ingredients - obv to a large extent all cuisine does, but a lot of Italian dishes seem to be about simple stuff presented to its best advantage. this is why i cook pasta dishes two or three times a week but don't do my own "Indian" meals anything like as often

i know that this is all very broad generalizations

― i'm not racist, i just dislike rap (Noodle Vague), Monday, September 16, 2013 7:17 AM (5 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

that seems accurate imo. i can buy some arugula from the farmer's market, sautee with garlic and olive oil and serve it with pasta and it's very simple and easy to prepare but delicious. indian food is definitely one my favorite cuisines but when i cook it i'm making basmati rice, a dal, vegetables, maybe some roti and pickle and it's sublime but a little more demanding

marcos, Monday, 16 September 2013 16:30 (six years ago) link

i had brilliant italian food last night (at sotto in the beverlywood section of l.a.), and today i'm going to an indian lunch buffet. i will report my findings to the thread once i am good and stuffed.

I also like Indian restaurant where the Indian food is served. (get bent), Monday, 16 September 2013 17:48 (six years ago) link

I made lamb rogan josh 2 days ago and went to Jamie's Italian yesterday. The rogan josh was amazing (and mostly out of a packet type thing, which NEVER happens) but Jamie's Italian was so full of butter and fattiness without much substance, therefore I declare Indian to be the winner.
Really into spiced cauliflower atm too yummm

kinder, Monday, 16 September 2013 17:50 (six years ago) link

Well, your first mistake was going to Jamie's Italian.

People cooking Indian from scratch will do well to remember that less is more...

aldi young dudes (suzy), Monday, 16 September 2013 18:00 (six years ago) link

our dinner at sotto was:

grilled bread with olive oil
kale/ricotta frittata
tomato-braised octopus with chickpeas (flavored with preserved lemon)
margherita pizza (with lovely char; I dipped the crust into the olive oil from the bread starter)
olive oil cake with oven-roasted grapes

just putting that out there.

I also like Indian restaurant where the Indian food is served. (get bent), Monday, 16 September 2013 18:10 (six years ago) link

wld probably still vote indian because i've had curries that have changed my life but i've eaten some v amazing italian food since this poll took place. pheasant ravioli, mint & asparagus risotto, arancini, the richest ragu, quail risotto (risotto w/ the proper finish & texture is the product of some rare magic)... these are my two fav cuisines

ogmor, Monday, 16 September 2013 21:30 (six years ago) link

if you're eating both, the winner is you.

I also like Indian restaurant where the Indian food is served. (get bent), Monday, 16 September 2013 22:20 (six years ago) link

Bigoli al Pomodoro della Mamma 15
Tomato sauce Mamma Anna style, if you don’t like it, please, call my mom @ 091-905581 and tell her. Good luck!

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Monday, 16 September 2013 23:33 (six years ago) link

Haven't had much Italian food these past four years and not really missing it. As long as I can have a gluten-free pizza now and then and some limoncello, I'm good. I did miss tiramisu but it doesn't even occur to me anymore. Tiramisu just doesn't measure up to gajar halva.

*tera, Tuesday, 17 September 2013 05:14 (six years ago) link


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