Why do you never order a paratha?

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Re: Why do you never order a paratha?

Post by Gavin Chipper » Wed May 17, 2017 11:16 pm

Charlie Reams wrote:
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I have switched to paratha since reading this topic. Never going back.
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Re: Why do you never order a paratha?

Post by Gavin Chipper » Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:19 am

This evening I went out for a curry and asked if they could do me a peshwari paratha. They said yes and it was amazing. My life is complete.

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Re: Why do you never order a paratha?

Post by Zarte Siempre » Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:56 am

Time for my typically unpopular opinion, but...

What's the obsession with bread with curries? I almost never have any form of bread, why do I want to fill up on bread when I could enjoy more tasty curry? And don't give me the mopping up shit, there are poppadoms, which do a decent enough job of that, OR use your damn hands, it's an Indian restaurant, it's how swathes of the nation eat, stop being so precious.

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Re: Why do you never order a paratha?

Post by Matt Morrison » Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:06 am

But real Indians eat with their hands, with bread, or if not bread then you most definitely need rice (which surely fits with your "carbs sap my curry hole" point). So you can totally get down without the bread or rice if you're spooning, but bringing up how Indians eat doesn't work for you.

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Re: Why do you never order a paratha?

Post by Matt Morrison » Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:10 am

I've just realised in my head I kind of count poppadoms as a bread.

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Re: Why do you never order a paratha?

Post by Marc Meakin » Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:10 am

There is no mop up factor with a popadom it's just an edible utensil.
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Re: Why do you never order a paratha?

Post by Gavin Chipper » Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:42 am

Zarte Siempre wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:56 am
Time for my typically unpopular opinion, but...

What's the obsession with bread with curries? I almost never have any form of bread, why do I want to fill up on bread when I could enjoy more tasty curry? And don't give me the mopping up shit, there are poppadoms, which do a decent enough job of that, OR use your damn hands, it's an Indian restaurant, it's how swathes of the nation eat, stop being so precious.

Literally the only thing I agree on in here is that crispy pizza bases are shit.
Well, as Marc has said, there is no mop-up factor with a poppadom. Nor is there with your hands. Hands aren't exactly going to be absorbing the curry sauce are they? And even if they did, most people would be reluctant to subsequently eat their own hands.

But anyway, forget the mopping up. Parathas and naans are nothing like a Hovis loaf of bread. Yeah, they're both called "bread", but that's pretty much where the similarity ends. I only get bread in an Indian restaurant that's nice enough to eat on its own. Obviously I won't eat all of it on its own, but that's the test it has to pass. Some of it I'll eat on its own, some of it I'll eat with a bit of the curry, and some of it will be used for mopping up, but all of it will be awesome.

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Re: Why do you never order a paratha?

Post by Gavin Chipper » Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:45 pm

Matt Morrison wrote:
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I've just realised in my head I kind of count poppadoms as a bread.
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Re: Why do you never order a paratha?

Post by Matt Morrison » Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:39 am

What generic group would you assign them to? Crisps?

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Re: Why do you never order a paratha?

Post by Gavin Chipper » Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:11 pm

Matt Morrison wrote:
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What generic group would you assign them to? Crisps?
If I had to put them in such a group then that's the best fit I can think of.

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Re: Why do you never order a paratha?

Post by Thomas Carey » Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:11 pm

Yeah, genuinely completely agree with Gev on all this, the 'bread' has so many purposes. I have no idea how you could mop up with a poppadom cause in terms of texture it's basically a big crisp (also most of the times I go out for a curry the poppadoms are gone before they bring out the curry anyway). As Matt said you kind of need bread or rice anyway and naan bread/chapatis/parathas taste a lot better than rice (or regular bread), and also I think the fill up on bread point is kinda moot cause surely you won't overeat whether or not you eat an extra naan. Whatever just my opinion etc etc
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Re: Why do you never order a paratha?

Post by Zarte Siempre » Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:49 pm

Naan bread does not taste better than rice. Rice is the god of carbs.
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Re: Why do you never order a paratha?

Post by Gavin Chipper » Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:27 pm

Never really seen the point of rice myself.

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Re: Why do you never order a paratha?

Post by Marc Meakin » Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:10 pm

Depends on the rice.
Mushroom Pilau then yes I would choose over most Naan apart from Keenan Naan.
Plain boiled rice is too bland so I would sit my curry on my Naan instead.
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