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...Indian take aways always seem to give you too much sauce and rice. Too much food - and I eat a lot.
No wonder we are all obese.
I have never been looking so good
as it comes in one container
It's the same amount of food as you would get in a restaurant and people don't share one dish between two then.
But you don't just go and order 1 lamb karahi or whatever for 2 people and nothing else. I'm not anti-sharing, I'm saying that one dish is one (large) portion. I would hate to think all I had was half a helping.
stomach of a little girl
and then they justify it by pretending its what youre supposed to do. I dont mind anyone trying a little bit of my sauce (NOT a piece of meat) and making a mental note to order it for themselves next time, but do not be taking any of my fucking curry.
who does that? why would anyone do that? Its a curry not fucking tapas.
It's perfectly normal to expect people not to STEAL FOOD FROM YOUR PLATE. I think you have some personal space issues and you need to start respecting peoples boundaries.
I didn't expect this to be a "generates list of users who are probably mentals" threads, but here you are.
Curries go in the middle of the table. That's why they come in their own fucking dish.
Anyone who would rather slog through one monotonous dish just to avoid sharing rather than get a share of way more different curries has deep-set personal problems IMO.
You staggering momo.
thankyou. I was becoming increasingly angry that the word thali hadn't been mentioned in this little subthread.
Is this so wrong?
you don't get that at a restaurant
for last anyway.
Who wants a forkful rice last?
but I consider myself to be doing very well if all the chicken is gone and there's only vegetables left.
Almost every meat-based takeaway curry I've ever had has been almost entirely bereft of vegetables. Two bits of potato, one bit of carrot or something, maybe. How hard is it to make a meat AND vegetable curry?
Because this is the third curry-related thread I've seen since joining.
The UK's leading online take-away portal has revealed that for the first time ever, Chinese is now the number one take-away for Brits who order online, pushing curry to second place and knocking pizza to the third spot.
Proper buzz off that, me
www.just-eat.co.uk is a tremendous invention
the joy of not having to leave the house even when i have no cash
not just one of the best foods. THINGS.
than your favourite Indian takeaway? They've always been disappointing for me. You'd think it'd be the other way round.
Alternately, when you see something that you think is a bit of meat (or Quorn meat, or potato, or WHATEVER THE MAIN THING IS) but then it's a tomato or something. Ugh.
but most interestingly, had the most amazing accompaniment with teh poppadums- a kind of shredded carrot and chilli thing appeared alongside the chutney and the green yoghurty thing. It was like spicy coleslaw without the mayo. I'm not really selling it here, am I. It was incerdible- so fersh tasting but fucking hot ast the same time.
I like getting side dishes with curry almost as much as the main course itself. Saag paneer, chickpeas, other STUFF.
so i am looking around for a replacement. currently, chinese is winning - the local take out place there gave me a shite ton of rice and chicken on friday and it was amazing. and prawn crackers. onnnnmmmmmm.
but i love a good lamb tikka.
It's like a Korma but the sauce is bright green and made of pistachio nuts. Had it at my local and have just found a recipe in a book. Gonna make that soon for sure.
"Let's all share guys! Ooh, I fancy a bright green pistachio nut curry."
I don't have that much love for korma - if you want a milkshake go to Macdonalds - but this was really fucking good.
Are quite simple. You order your own dish, you tuck in but people ASK if they can try some of yours. If they don't want to share, fine, but don't expect a taste of anyone else's.
I'm salivating now.
E (me): oh hi I'm vegetarian so I'll just get my own. We are all still friends though right?
A,B,C,D: ....uh huh
Don't want anything else.
would you expect your friends to all share each other's food then?
(For the record, me and mrs CCB will usually share two curries between the two of us. But in a group, I'm happy either way)
TBF I grew up in a household where my Dad would decide what between one to four other people were ordering, in order that he could "share" with them =D
but not do a full half-and-half thing.
I dunno, I'm generally pro-sharing, but I'm not massively opinionated one way of the other.
A: Mmmm, I think I'll get a chicken bhuna, it's my favourite
B: Ooh good choice, I might get the same
C: HEY FRIENDS LETS BUY A SELECTION OF CURRIES AND ALL TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF EACH
A: Nah I've been looking forward to my chicken Bhuna, I think I'll just stick with that
Wishpig: YES FRIEND CHICKEN BHUNA SOUNDS DELICIOUS I WILL TAKE SOME OF YOURS
A: Why not just order some for yourself then? And can you stop calling me friend? It's weird and you know my name.
C: I DONT JUST WANT CHICKEN BHUNA I WANT ALL THE CURRIES
A: Thanks for ruining our lives
But you're implying it is the norm. You're saying that if you don't do it, you're doing curry-eating completely wrong. Which is absolutely crazy. It's not tapas.
For the record, I often share a couple of curries with my girlfriend, pals, family etc. But also I like to have my own sometimes too.
please stand in line to be choked.
Do you put the round of drinks in the middle of a table and tell everyone to try a bit of everyone elses?
if people don't want to share their food they don't have tp, it doesn't male.them a bad person, you guys don't half get worked up over stupid things.
It does make them a person that's not going to dinner with me any more.
I come down on the side of every man for himself.
My reason is that people have irrational hatreds for certain foods, and in my case, allergies. I hate mushrooms, and I'm allergic to peanuts. Those tastes need to be respected.
So when you're ordering with people who get disgusting things like curries that have raisins in, or boring kormas, or peshwari naan breads (that I'm also allergic to), it means that I don't enjoy about 4/5 of my meal.
Now, if you let me order my five favourite curries that are mushroom and peanut and raisin etc.-free, I'm fine with that.
Not everyone is blessed with liking absolutely everything. But for the few who are, it is them who benefit from this "let's get loads and share" policy that is popular amongst certain groups.
But then you can't ever say no to those people, because they think you're being greedy / a horder. And then someone goes "well, you get what you want and the rest of us will share." and you look like a spoilt brat. All because you don't want to eat evil horrible curries.
Face it, they'll be too weak to stop you.
Are you saying, if I went out for a curry with some friends, and one of them were vegetarian, it would be inconsiderate of me - or anyone else, for that matter - to order a meat dish?
I'd agree, but I really, really love how social it is when everyone shares stuff in the middle of the table. It's not something that's really done traditionally here and I think it's a real shame. I want to choke everyone shouting IT'S NOT TAPAS - so many cultures and countries do it and we're really missing out.
Jesus, I knew you were a bit odd but at this point you're honestly beyond help.
Your certificate and pin badge are in the post.
Starters - sharing is fine.
Mains - I reserve the right to not share my main with you.
Deserts - I will share it with my partner and no one else.
Spiced Onions / Chutney / Popadoms - fair game for all.
you order a starter, then a main. then a dessert. what/
people whinging about people not sharing.food.
people saying you're fucking mental for not sharing food BECAUSE IT'S CULTURALL AWHAHWHWHAAAHHWAHAWHA
It's not *because* it's cultural, just a bunch of cultures do it and I think it's a good thing that we don't have.
All this said, if anyone so much as looks at my Tower Zinger Burger Ima break their hand.
IF YOU DONT YOU'RE SELFISH, I DON'T CARE IF YOU DON'T LIKE WHAT I HAVE TO GIVE YOU RETURN, MY DINING EXPERIANCE IS MORE IMPORTANY THAN YOURS.
I don't see what the issue is with sharing food. What if you each order your own curry and about 3 people on the table all order chicken tikka masala? then you've just got a table full of shit curry.
I don't know why I am so unable to type on my phone.
If you're all boring and want the same thing then go for that but I can't understand how someone wouldn't want a bit of the curry they want and a little bit of something else.
and it shouldnt affect you because normal people only eat their own meals
so its not about ordering your meal, putting your head down when it arrives and inhaling it. You share it and talk about it and try each others. I'm not saying you eat half of your mates plate but you certainly try some!
If my friends don't want to share, fine. If they do, I'll be all over their dinner and they will be all over mine. Heck, I'll even feed them if they want.
of the dish they wanted.
what MOST of us are saying is that's madness to tar us all with that brush - if i ordered a lamb tikka and you cunts wanted a bit YOU should've ordered some, not stealing mine.
it's remarkable that, despite 150+ posts, you still don't quite get that maybe... JUST maybe, you're talking about something that other people don't agree with.
i order what i want. i will eat what i want. you can do it your way, but you ain't getting a sizeable portion of my indian. no way.
they can order what they want. you can't then complain OMG there's nothing to eat because you bastards all got what you wanted yet i wanted to eat something else.... ugh.
but I doubt everyone on the table will want to stick to their own meal. If this is the case, I'll say to whoever is willing to have a variety and share "hey, shall we get X and Y and share it?" they'll be like "yeaaah" and we'd be happy.
I REFUSE to order the same dish as them. I wanna try something different from the resturaunt.
but in a group of friends.... nah
I see that as more of a fast food place but still, if he gets coleslaw and I want a mouthful of coleslaw, I'll take some colelsaw.
it's been occupying their thoughts all day so when they get to the restaurant they want to consume all of that lamb balti rather than have to give it up for some other dish that they don't really want.
that they would rather sit around eating lots of little bits of different curries going ooooh look how CULTURED and SOCIAL we are rather than eating lots of their favourite curry is clearly lying
nothing to do with this cultured shit that keeps flying around. Jeez.
but I have no desire to eat them all at once
I think a lot of your rules seem to apply to traditional Indian restaurants and thalis and the like and not the anglo-indian ones that are peppered across the country.
this is exactly why this is so fucking stupid! you mentals.
i don't want to be eating anything else. i will chose to eat what i want. you're the mental thinking that that is odd.
also, since when was "meant to be" an argument for anything? I'll do what i want, i like, and if you dislike it... well, tough fucking titty.
ps this aruguing is keeping me awake in the office. it's been a slow day.
they are talking about eating ONE PORTION of lamb balti. You are talking about it like you only ever have one opportunity to go to an Indian restaurant and if you only order one curry then you will never have another opportunity to try any others ever again. And it is not in any way whatsoever less social.
PLEASE SHUT THE FUCK UP
Sincerely, This thread
yeah i'm that guy
I never knew the whole sharing/not sharing issue could create so much anger. Have I been inadvertently offending people over the years? I guess sharing could be a useless way of luring my boyfriend away from his korma. But then I'd have to eat half his korma, and I wouldn't want to.
could be a bit tricky
Dump him, he ain't a real man
Vindaloo or GTFO
once we were discussing his reluctance to eat anything other than korma, and the waiter offered to make him a korma that was spiced just slightly differently so he could feel like he'd tried something new, without going out of his comfort zone. My boyfriend thought about it for a few seconds before shaking his head.
I'd be interested to know how many insaniacs there are out there who want to deprive me of my meal.
1 meat dish
3 or 4 veggie sides (sag paneer, tarka daal, brinjahl baji, aloo gobi)
anyone who thinks differently is wrong and unworthy of love/my time
I've done the sharing thing a few times. I've done the pick your own meal and enjoy that thing a few times.
As far as I can see the thing that has got most people upset is the bizarre claim that sharing is the norm and if you don't do that you are doing it wrong. This is clearly madness.
Do whatever works for you.
You're like the person who goes into music threads and says "At the end of the day, everyone's entitled to their own opinion."
But I also love your username, so I can't bring myself to be un-nice to you.
Those people are vile. But people do seem to be treating the idea of not having a big share-a-thon with the same contempt/horror as the notion that we should liquidise the over 50s.
And happily endorse the idea of liquidising the over 50s.
DEAL WITH IT
I don't understand
kick off now.
<Hides behind couch>
give me a prawn puri and everyone else can have their crappy samosas.
(not prepared to call bhajis crappy)
Just wait for Chris_is_cool to post and give us the definitive answer.
he'd just talk about something that happened to him during his day and have zero interest in what anyone else has to say.
Imagine five friends, all with varying tastes in curry, BUT, more importantly, with varying degrees of social assertiveness and faith in egalitarian democratic principles.
dishes 1,2,3,4,5 are suggested.
persons a,b,c,d like all five dishes
person e, on the other hand, only likes dishes 1,3,5
Where is his voice? who will hear him?
His access to the culinary reality is limited by the apparently fair terms of 60's social freedom.
He longs for the simple mechanisms of the pre-war years when choices were simple and he wasn't forced to experience life through the filter of others who might be prettier or funnier or more confident. The revolution has treated them well, but not he...
Be pleased with your now meagre share of THE NEW life sir, your old and simple way of living is NO LONGER DEEMED VALID.
There is a new world order. Erotic communism has left you on the sidelines, never again will your steady job and uncomplicated interests be enough to secure you a lumpen relationship and sporadic affection.
You'll die alone, and with less of the curry, the life, the sundries, the love, or the stake in the godless universe that you had hoped for as a young boy, gasping at the autonomy of the single-dish curry eaters through the frosty window of your future potential.
thanks for your concern.
I have never in my life caught any bullshit over whether or not I happen to feel like sharing or having my own food.
most of you look like such plebs.
but I think all this is showing up an interesting thing about cultural attitudes to food. From what I'd always heard sharing of food (to the extent of people pushing food at their family members, sometimes to their consternation) is quite the expression of love and warmth in Indian families. Obviously a huge generalisation but one that you hear fairly often. Therefore a meal becomes an opportunity for lots of little acts of gift-giving.
Not sure about everyone else, but the social experience is maybe the main reason I like going for Indian food with a good group of friends. The food is something that bonds you all together when you're all passing dishes round, dipping stuff in each others bowls (no euphemism/maybe some euphemism), talking about each one; not jut sat there in your own little experience of what's on your plate.
Indian families (allegedly anyway)share all the food, is that they just couldn't afford not to?
If something is scare, giving it away becomes a more significant act.
However, that's the kind of logic that you can apply selectively. You could say that people who are protective with their own food also are like that because food is scarce.
it wouldn't really be giving it away would it?
That's not how families work.
Parents forcing food on their kids and that, making a big deal of them eating well.
I'd imagine that in the poorer indian families (I know living standards are rising, but there are still a LOT of poor people there) if you don't eat whatever the family meal is, you just don't eat.
the norm would be to cook as much as possible of one dish and share that out. That's why your earlier comment about sharing because they have to doesn't reflect the culture at all; it's seen as better to have smaller amounts in balanced combinations. Possibly tying into the Ayuverdic stuff.
So it might be about making more effort with limited resources.
You really are quite mental. What exactly have I said that is trolling.
I've never eaten in India etc. My friend has though, and she said they all had the same basic meal.
I don't live with my family.
do you mean that's what you do?
cos just based on some of the things I've read in this thread, you seem like the kind of person that assumes because you do something, then it is automatically the norm.
From my experiences I'd say some families eat together, but just as many don't,
But I sometimes want a curry as comfort food too - I want to eat a big plate of food I know I'll love, but I'm not necessarily feeling very chatty or adventurous.
if I make one at home especially, I'll eat it like comfort food. I'd have it in the same way I'd have a chilli.
I think if I was going to an Indian restaurant though, I'd just expect a slightly different experience than I would from a different sort of place. Not that we brits haven't moulded the experience to what we want and expect a bit already, but I like that the social, sharing aspect is the norm, rather than the exception.
but sometimes you just want to appreciate food that's been cooked twenty times better than you could manage at home. I think this is possibly where we differ - I've not got around to teaching myself to cook curry properly.
I know there are (ugh) 'fusion' places in this country that serve Indian food in a more british style (that is, on individual plates). On a related point, another reason for the cultural differences is probably the average family size; not to put too fine a point on it but it's easier to serve up food buffet style if you're feeding more people.
(that sounded cleverer in my head)
Gareth Lloyd PhD: capturing the national zeitgeist in one pithy phrase.
The difference between curries can be quite subtle, and by having several rather than just one, you're unlikely to gain much, especially if one is particularly spicy - it'll just mask the flavour of the others. Of course, Indian food isn't all about curry, and I'm happy to share the saag paneer or nick a tandoori prawn if anyone's offering, but if you feel the need to have multiple curries, then you're probably a bit mental. That said, I don't really give a shit.
In which case, I give lots of shit. DO YOU SEE?
VERY DARE YOU
I just got back from Tayab. It was great, and I'd just like to say, there were four of us, we ordered a few dishes, some rice, some naan, and you know what? We all shared. AND IT WAS FUCKING FANTSTIC.
and then everyone was all 'well yeah, obviously'