Dory tries tandoori

For a few years of my childhood, I refused to eat anything white or yellow. No dairy, no bananas, not even marshmallows. Green foods weren’t high on my list either. Most foods made me uneasy unless they tasted like chocolate. In the face of my pickiness, my parents did what any loving parents would – they made me sit at the dinner table until I fell asleep in my escarole.

Eventually, the pendulum swung back so far that I eat just about everything with a vengeance. If only I could return to the days when I thought cheese was evil and I had 0% body fat.

Indian cuisine is one of the few things I don’t eat. I tried it once in my twenties, friends guiding me through the unfamiliar menu. It’s possible that too much grain alcohol in college had killed their taste buds so they didn’t feel the fire I tasted for days. That or they thought it was funny to see me suffer. Either way, it didn’t go well.

So trying Indian food a second time this week probably counts as a microbravery. I went with a couple of good friends, one of whom is a regular at our local Indian restaurant. Eating several unfamiliar (even to the regular) dishes maybe counts as another one.

I was disappointed. Not by the food. The food was good. I would go back. But nothing funny or interesting happened, so I have no story to tell you.

Moral of the story: finding something interesting to blog about and having an enjoyable day are two goals often at odds with one another.

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27 Responses to Dory tries tandoori

  1. Lisa Wields Words says:

    Now I’m hungry for some Indian food.

  2. H.E. ELLIS says:

    That looks great, and I’m the world’s pickiest eater.

  3. Good for you, and the story is in the unchartered territory that we all experience.

  4. Fun title! Good for you. I’m not an adventurous eater and have never tried Indian food.

  5. Elyse says:

    You’re wrong! Having a nice day and doing something new WAS interesting and fun. I have several Indian friends, family members and colleagues, so I’ve had to get my picky self to try Indian food more frequently than I would have ever planned. Some of it is wonderful, some awful. Just like any other food. Just like food I make myself! (Of course, I don’t admit that to just anybody.)

    Thanks for sharing, but you should figure out how to get the smells through on the computer!

    • I just mean that my better blog posts (or maybe just the ones that are easier to write) come from experiences that surprise or in some way challenge me. When everything goes well, it seems like there is less to say.

  6. k8edid says:

    My husband and I recently dined at a Carribean restaurant but neither of us could bring ourselves to try the goat (every we know raves about it). Maybe next time. Microbraveries are great!!!

  7. You have inspired me to try something new!

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  9. notquiteold says:

    I sat at the table with lots of cold peas.
    But I’m a bit more adventurous now. I have Indian friends, and the first time we went to their house for dinner, they made VERY MILD versions of their favorite foods. They knew me pretty well.

  10. Lisa Wields Words says:

    Trying Tandoori helped you win an award today, if you accept. 😉


  11. You need to try some BAD Indian food, then. You might find something interesting happens then. Trying it twice in one week definitely counts as bravery.

  12. addielicious says:

    Never a fan of Indian (or Persian) food, either. I went to this restaurant some years ago and my experience wasn’t good. I know it’s only one restaurant and the others could be a loooot better but it’s set in my mind not to eat similar ones. I’d give it another try – another chance. One day.

  13. gojulesgo says:

    I couldn’t agree more!! Sometimes we have to suffer for a good story, LOL

    I’m glad you gave Indian food another try; I had a similar experience in the beginning, and had to give it a few tries before I fell in love. Malai kofta (fried cheese/veggie balls in creamy sauce) is my fav. SO unhealthy and SO delicious!

  14. Muff says:

    I am generally not a fan of Indian food either. I don’t tolerate spicy food well, and having gotten food poisoning on curry chicken once has had lasting olfactory ramifications.

    Then I went to work for an Indian based firm, and travelled to India at least 4 times a year.

    At first I just ate omelets, nan and rice. Thought I would lose weight, but it turns out that India carbs are as fattening as USA carbs. There goes that PhD dissertation idea…

    Then I just had to eat some food to stay awake and get rid of my headaches due to lack of calories. I was on a mission to not just tolerate food, but to find foods that I like there. This was conceivable since there is a HUGE variety of foods in India. However, curry was off my list. Not going to try – ever.

    Had a bunch of things with advice from patient and concerned colleagues, and found a small number of things that were terrific! I also found that there are a variety of curries that taste very differently there. I actually tried and enjoyed one very much!

    I am not going to line up to get myself to an Indian restaurant anytime soon if there are other options, but I am much more open to it now, and that is a good thing.

    I am glad you are eating things with color now.

  15. winsomebella says:

    Sometimes the good day inspires and sometimes it is the bad day that does the trick. Either way, the food pics are making me hungry……!

  16. Hahaha 🙂 You’ve given me hope, Dory. My kids have LENGTHY lists of foods they won’t eat, textures that make them nauseous, and colours they refuse. It is comforting to know that they might actually grow out of it!

  17. Angie Z. says:

    I love Indian food and don’t know if I’ve ever found a dish I don’t like. I am drooling on my laptop at this very moment. Glad you enjoyed it!

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