Indian Grocery Tour and Lunch

by jerseygirl on April 6, 2009 · 38 comments

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of meeting some fellow bloggers thanks to Deb from Jersey Bites. She set up an Indian market tour, led by Chef Elizabeth Sterling of Cook Appeal and then we had a nice lunch at Flavor of India in Plainsboro, NJ.

I am not going to lie to you. Indian food has never been one of my favorites. I am not a big fan of curry and I have never cooked any Indian recipes aside from grilled tandoori chicken. But I was interested in meeting some fellow bloggers and I thought the Indian food would be a nice change of pace.

The grocery tour and lunch really broadened my horizons to Indian food. Chef Elizabeth or Chef E, as she likes to be called, gave us an informative run down on spices used in Indian cooking. She even sent us home with a goody bag of some Indian spices and a recipe for Sambar Garden Vegetable Soup.


After our tour, we headed to lunch and Chef E ordered a nice selection of different types of food. We were able to try many things and I have to say it was very delicious. So delicious that I need to eat Indian food more often. I am lucky enough to have a few Indian grocery stores near my house. Here are some of the selections we were able to try:

Sheek Kebabs, A Vegetable Platter which consisted of samosas and pakoras, Vegetable Dosas and Chicken Tikka


All of us crazy bloggers couldn’t stop taking pictures of the food. It is so much fun to meet other bloggers that have as much passion in food as I do. The other bloggers that attended were Deb from Jersey Bites, Vanessa from Chefdruck Musings, Alex and Brandon from Food Coma, John and Lisa from John and Lisa are Eating in South Jersey, Melissa from Sable Minded and Robin from Caviar and Codfish. Thank you Deb and thank you Chef E for taking the time to make the day wonderful! I am sure I will be blogging about some Indian recipes in the future.

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Pam April 6, 2009 at 10:28 am

How fun! I really need to eat more Indian food – we have a few great Indian grocery stores here in Portland.

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black eyed susans kitchen April 6, 2009 at 10:41 am

Lisa, this totally looks like it was a fun day, and the food…yummm.
♥, Susan

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HoneyB April 6, 2009 at 10:41 am

I love Indian food! This would have been something I would have totally enjoyed! Great you got to experience it!

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Bridgett April 6, 2009 at 11:04 am

Love Indian food! I am always amazed at the flavors.

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Dawn April 6, 2009 at 11:16 am

lisa! curry is a crazy favorite of mine. I am so jealous you got to do this! I would kill for a tour and fun-filled day like this.

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Mary April 6, 2009 at 11:18 am

It sounds like a good time was had by all. It’s fun to enjoy the company of other bloggers.

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Paula April 6, 2009 at 11:22 am

Oh my gosh, what a fun outing! The market tour sounds wonderful, and that lunch … YUM! I’m a big Indian food fan, and I look forward to any recipes you post! 🙂

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That Girl April 6, 2009 at 11:32 am

I love Indian food! I actually had a craving this weekend, but Thatmom isn’t so into it.

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Leslie April 6, 2009 at 11:46 am

Looks like you all had alot of fun and yummy food!

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kat April 6, 2009 at 12:25 pm

That looks like a fun way to spend a day! I’m glad you’ve discovered you like Indian food

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Jennifer April 6, 2009 at 12:38 pm

How wonderful for the foodies to get together. I am trying to organize a food buzz publisher dinner in CT/RI. Glad you all had a blast!

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Culinary Cory April 6, 2009 at 2:02 pm

Such a cute story. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun.

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Katherine Aucoin April 6, 2009 at 3:11 pm

What a fun day! The food looks wonderful and to meet the people you comment with daily has to a real high!

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Chef E April 6, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Thank you Lisa for a wonderful post!

I really want to broaden the horizon and remove the myth from foods such as this by taking the ‘heat’ out 🙂

Elizabeth Stelling AKA Chef E

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Jeff April 6, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Looks like an awesome time! Indian food for me is one of my favorite foods but also one of those I rarely ever cook.

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♥Rosie♥ April 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Hiya Lisa, what fun this sounds with meeting bloggers and good food …just perfect!

Rosie x

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Ciao Chow Linda April 6, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Looks wonderfully delicious. I’m in central NJ – count me in for the next one.

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The Blonde Duck April 6, 2009 at 5:09 pm

It sounds like a great time! Ben likes Indian food, but I’ve never eaten it.

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Stacey Snacks April 6, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Lisa,
I am not an Indian food fan either, but it sure looks like fun!

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Heather April 6, 2009 at 8:52 pm

this all looks so good. i love indian food. nick and i have it at least once a week. mmmmmmm.

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Bunny April 6, 2009 at 10:39 pm

It sounds like you had a wonderful day just food wise alone! Being able to meet bloggers would be such fun!!

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Maria April 7, 2009 at 9:51 am

Glad you had fun! Everything looks wonderful!

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Jeena April 7, 2009 at 10:01 am

Looks like you had a lot of fun eating yumy food. I love indian shops. 🙂

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JerseyBites.com April 7, 2009 at 11:42 am

Hey Lisa, It was great seeing you again on our Indian adventure. Thanks for the write up. The food really was fabulous. I learned a lot. Can’t wait to try my goodies from the grocery.

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Aggie April 7, 2009 at 2:16 pm

I would loved to have been part of your group!! How fun! I have never eaten Indian food…I may use your post as a guide and order some from a local restaurant soon!!

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ttfn300 April 7, 2009 at 3:02 pm

wow, very kewl 🙂 i need something like this to learn my way around!

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Lynda April 7, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Sounds like you had a great day! And the food looks really great!
I’ve not tried much in the way of Indian food.It would help if it was avalible here.

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John and Lisa Howard-Fusco April 7, 2009 at 10:26 pm

Hey there! I just read your review of Seasons 52 on Jersey Bites-nice job! Makes me want to go there after the hubbub dies down. Glad you got to do it after all: a 40 minute wait even with reservations would NOT have made Miss Lizzie happy, LOL!
-Lisa

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Lori April 8, 2009 at 5:57 am

I rarely have Indian food, but when I do I usually really like it. Too bad there aren’t many places around here that serve Indian cuisine. Glad you had a fun time!

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biz319 April 8, 2009 at 1:15 pm

I too, am leary of Indian food. Only because I worked with Indians who ate with their hands and always smelled like curry!

But I love spicy, so I should give it a shot – glad you had such a great day!!

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Donna April 8, 2009 at 11:26 pm

Wish I could have been there.. I had to cancel at last minute..next time for sure..

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Darius T. Williams April 9, 2009 at 8:25 am

It’s always so much fun to meet fellow bloggers – and what a cute way to celebrate and do that. That’s amazing – I love it!

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Robin Sue April 9, 2009 at 9:42 am

Lisa I would have loved to go on a tour like this one. I am going over to a friends house today to learn how to cook Indian food as I have just decided I like it too! I do have some nice Indian stores nearby and I love the music they play too- I think it is called Bhangra- try cooking to it!!

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Cate April 9, 2009 at 10:04 am

Love, love, love Indian food, but it helped that our old neighbors are Indian and introduced us to alot. The tour sounds like so much fun – sorry to have missed it!

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ConversationsWithACupcake April 9, 2009 at 11:18 am

What?! That food looks incredible. I’m SO envious!!

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ConversationsWithACupcake April 9, 2009 at 11:19 am

This post makes me wonder if we have a good Indian Market in our city?! I’m going to do some research and find out!

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Mrs. L April 9, 2009 at 5:34 pm

So much fun! I wish something like that would happen in my neck of the woods. We have a large Indian population and tons of Indian markets and restaurants that need to be explored with someone of knowledge!

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phanitha April 15, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Wow…nice to see you enjoying Indian food…

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