Food that is never bland over at Shan!

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Halal is often used in reference to foods and drinks, i.e. foods that are permissible for Muslims to eat or drink under Islamic Shariʻah (law). The criteria specifies both what foods are allowed, and how the food must be prepared. The foods addressed are mostly types of meat and animal tissue.

The most common example of non-halal (or haraam) food is pork (pig meat). While pork is the only meat that cannot be eaten by all Muslims at all (due to religious—as Quran forbids it —and hygienic concerns), foods other than pork can also be haraam. The criteria for non-pork items include their source, the cause of the animal’s death, and how it was processed. It also depends on the Muslim’s madhab.

The food must come from a supplier that uses halal practices. Specifically, the slaughter must be performed by a Muslim, who must precede the slaughter by invoking the name of Allah, most commonly by saying “Bismillah” (“In the name of God”) and then three times “Allahu akbar” (God is the greatest). Then, the animal must be slaughtered with a sharp knife by cutting the throat, windpipe and the blood vessels in the neck, causing the animal’s death without cutting the spinal cord. Lastly, the blood from the veins must be drained. (miahalalfood.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Shan Restaurant – Santa Clara, Ca

Average Cost

Under $10

Rating (1-10)

8.5

Recommended Dishes: 

Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Curry, Basmati Rice, Naan

There is definitely a delight in enjoying the exotic spices and flavorful dishes of Indian and Pakistani cuisine.

Rivers of curry to sooth and massage every taste bud on your palate.

Creamy and colorful, with chunks of delicate tender viddles..

Makes me shed a tear of joy of excitement as I enter the room.

One of these marvelous castles where they create some great curry dishes of love is Shan Restaurant.

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Holy Moly! Please Give Me More Rangoli!

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What Indians eat varies by region and religion. Northern Indians eat more flat breads, while those from southern India prefer rice. In coastal states, such as Kerala and Bengal, fish dishes are popular. Chicken and mutton (sheep) are eaten more often in mountain and plains regions. While many Hindus avoid eating beef, Muslims avoid pork. In addition, many Indians—particularly Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains—are vegetarian.

Spices are used in many Indian dishes. When it is hot, spices such as chili peppers and garlic help the body sweat and cool it down. In colder weather, spices such as cloves, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, cardamom, and nutmeg help warm the body.

Indian cuisine is varied, but many dishes are cooked in a similar way. The preparation starts with frying onion, ginger, garlic or spices such as cumin seeds in oil at a high temperature. Meats, vegetables, flavorings such as yogurt, and spices such as turmeric then are added. The dish then simmers at a low heat until the ingredients are cooked. At the end of the preparation, leafy herbs such as cilantro and flavorings such as lemon juice are added.

This style of preparation may be linked to the traditional use of cow dung. For centuries, families would cook by placing a pan on top of patties made from cow dung. Like the charcoal used in modern-day barbecues, dung initially produces a high heat, but then burns slowly. Although middle-class and urban Indians have electric or gas stoves, many rural households still use cow dung (waste)(foodbycountry.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Rangoli Indian Restaurant – San Jose, Ca

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes: 

Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Vindaloo, Garlic Naan

It’s Friday and boy has it been a long week…………….

At least there was a great NBA game Thursday night and I got to watch an all out battle between Curry and Labron!  I’m looking forward to Sunday to watch Game 2 and sure you guys are as well.

Outside of that, there was one more event that I still think about day in and day out, and that is the fantasizing meal that I had at Rangoli Indian Restaurant.

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