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One of the Worlds Most Diverse Food Cultures

Growing up in one of the world’s most diverse food cultures must have been fascinating!

Off We Go Exploring!!

Today we explore the Punjab State of India.  Even the state name (meaning five rivers) denotes life, lush areas and fish.

The region, lushly fertile, is known as the “Bread basket of India.”  With a climate ranging from 7degrees in “winter” to the upper 30’s in the warmest season, it’s actually quite similar to southern Ontario.

The diversity of people in this state comes from successive waves of invaders looking to benefit from the riches of the land.

With the fertile land comes such a variety of crops leading to some of the world’s most loved culinary dishes.

Imagine the Diversity!!

Travelling upward from the southern states to the Punjab Region allows one to experience firsthand – the culture and cuisine so wonderful.

Imagine the fields and markets to the south filled with fruit, vegetables, teas, sugar and of course…spices!

Without India it’s believed our food worldwide would have been found to be very boring!

Travelling through India allows a culinary experience not readily found elsewhere.

In some areas entire states are nearly all vegetarian while in others meat is very prevalent.

Introducing the Punjab!

The “taste of India” is very crowd pleasing and indicative to Punjabi cuisine.

Such a variety of masalas, desi ghee, and thick creams are synonymous with the tender flavors appreciated the world over.

Punjabi cuisine has a balance of everything – neither too strong nor too mild.  Butter Chicken and Dal Makhani are the two most sought after dishes in the cuisine worldwide.

Many meals in the region are still made using wood fires and masonry ovens or the tandoor (A Punjab style underground oven).

What a Streetscape!!

credit source Photographers of India *

As you pass through the region you might share the street with elephants, water buffalo, cattle, other livestock, as well as the usual cars, scooters and tuk tuks!

Welcome to the Menu!!

It should come as no surprise that dairy products play a huge part in the region as well.

The Indians use milk from both cattle and water buffalo to make yoghurt, butter and paneer (Indian cottage style cheese) as well as the delicious buttermilk found in various flavors of Lassi (Milk based drink either sweet or savory).

The meats used in the region most commonly are poultry, lamb and goat.

Many of us have enjoyed Butter Chicken, Biryani, Kebabs or Keema!

As utensils generally are not used, the bread served with a meal becomes an important tool.  Often used is Naan or Roti so that every last drop of the wonderful meal can be eaten.

Find this Most Wonderful Cuisine....Right Here!

Here in Barrie, we are so lucky to be able to experience the Punjabi Cuisine first hand.  This is where the owners of Tandoori Kingdom on Blake Street bring their passion of food from!

Check out the menu on the Tandoori Kingdom website and be prepared to enjoy “The taste of India” from the comfort of your own home….even better yet, call!

It’s a delicious way to break bread together!

Written By: Jane Laker

Photo Credit: Stephen Elliott

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For the Love of Indian! – Tandoori Kingdom

After being through yet another Shutdown, I think that we’re all experiencing a bit of cabin fever.

Days are becoming longer and the feeling that winter will soon be over increases our need to “take on life again!”

Thoughts of spring arriving also bring a change in the way we eat, and for the love of Indian food you should check out Tandoori Kingdom.

For the Love of Indian - Tandoori Kingdom!

This is the perfect time to check out Tandoori Kingdom, the best place for Indian food in Barrie.  Tandoori Kingdom doesn’t use shortcuts or sub-par ingredients.  Their spices are exquisitely fresh and their clay oven is hot.

Although spring is in the air, there are many choices of ‘heat’ to thoroughly warm you from the inside out.

Nirmal and his staff have been busy introducing different dishes to their spring menu.  Some are favorites returned, others – new and exciting.  I’ve chosen my favorites here.

Check out the New Menu Options!

I must say that Indian cuisine is an excellent choice for vegetarians and vegans as there is a wide variety of veggies, cheese and lentil-based dishes on the menu at Tandoori Kingdom.

Curries, as well, are a very popular choice; easily ordered with the ‘heat’ you most enjoy.

The Bhindi Masala is one of our most enjoyable!  Made with okra, onions, tomatoes, spices and herbs, I love it served with a side of rice – Yummy!

Paneer Bhurji is a very healthy menu option. Paneer (Indian cheese) is delightfully combined with tomatoes, onions, capsicum and peas, served with rice and Naan. It’s so filling yet doesn’t make me want to curl up and take a nap like a turkey dinner does!

And of course...

Of course, lamb chops conjure up spring-like feelings, and lamb is my absolute favorite dish to order at Tandoori Kingdom.  Exquisite!  Marinated chops are grilled hot and fast – coming to us tender and delicious.

For the Love of Indian – Tandoori Kingdom leads you into spring with their tantalizing yet healthy menu choices.

Take the drive out Blake Street; it’s time to order – I think!

Written By: Jane Laker

Photo Credit: Stephen Elliott

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What’s on the menu at Tandoori Kingdom, the authentic Indian food destination in Barrie

What’s on the menu at Tandoori Kingdom, the authentic Indian food destination in Barrie

Food should feed your soul, as much as your stomach.

The authentic Indian experience at Tandoori Kingdom accomplishes both. The kitchen delivers plates designed to intrigue foodies and those on a quest for real Indian cuisine. The inviting restaurant creates a dining experience that fuels the mind, body and soul.

The Food

Where to begin? There’s a wide range of authentic Indian dishes to dive into. Vegans and vegetarians won’t have any problem navigating the menu, with plenty of tasty non-meat options.

Of note is the grilled offerings; classic chicken, lamb and fish offerings activate your appetite as soon as you set eyes on the menu, or detect the arousing smells from the kitchen.

The Space

Having a great Indian restaurant nearby is a neighbourhood benefit. Frankly, being in close proximity to a cool Indian eatery should add value to your home!

The elemental decor brings a sense of warmth and closeness. Sharing a meal at Tandoori Kingdom is as much about the food, as it is about connecting. The unique dishes and the service make for a pleasant sitting, and the layout makes it feel as though you are enjoying a family gala, while keeping to yourselves.

The buzz and ambience of Tandoori Kingdom enhances your experience, and of course the luscious food is prime for pictures.

Tandoori Kingdom is on Blake street, with dedicated parking. It’s prime location for pickup if you are in the east end or central Barrie, and isn’t too far if you are coming from the south end.

Hit up Tandoori Kingdom’s Facebook page and their website for more on their sumptuous selections. Tag them (and us) when you sample one of their amazing meals!  Ph: 705 503 1400