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Old Sep 10th 2016, 9:52 am   #1
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Why do half my posts always seem to be about food? Well, here we go again.

Is fresh ginger available in Hungary? As you can't get UK style curries I need to make my own. Garlic is everywhere, but as yet I haven't seen ginger root, at least in Tesco.

Is it available?
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Hi Clive, Yes it available in root form. I buy mine at tesco , they always have it and its fresh too.
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Ginger aka Gyömbér is also available at our Interspar, it's fairly common here.

PS and OT re garlic:

Be aware that much of the garlic in the supermarkets is Chinese!
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Yes, it's definitely available in Tesco in Eger, along with Spar and various CO-OPs
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Thanks everyone. Now to source Indian-style hot green chillies....
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Try this page Clive...

https://www.chili-shop24.com/?gclid=...FUqdGwodVJQOFA
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A bit OT re Chilies/Paprika:

Some years ago on holiday in Tenerife I introduced my wife to "Pimientos tipo Padrone" - she immediately liked them very much, so whenever we are in Germany we try to get them. They're (as the name implies) from Spain, in winter usually from Morocco.

So I was really surprised when in the German Aldi I found them "made in Hungary" by the German company Vetter in the East of Hungary - they started about 20 years ago using the sandy, "useless" soil there to plant Asparagus which they also sell in Germany.

So I wrote to them via facebook whether they planned to offer their wares in Hungary too - found them once in the Interspar, but it sems it wasn't a success so I don't see them any more...

Does anyone know a place in Hungary where you can get these

"Pimientos tipo Padrone"?
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I think initially, as we are not living in Hungary permanently yet, I will bring them over and freeze them. Chillies freeze well if you de-seed them first.
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Ginger, garlic and chillies are very easily grown in Hungary.
But also all are readily available in both the supermarkets and general markets, at least here in Pécs.
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[QUOTEThanks everyone. Now to source Indian-style hot green chillies....[/QUOTE]

Hello Clive,
It sounds as if, like me, you enjoy Indian food a great deal. Living (sometimes) in Tiszaujvaros, I haven't yet found any Indian restaurants or local purveyors of specialist ingredients, but as others have indicated, the basic ingredients don't seem too hard to obtain one way or another. Cardamoms and other spices may be an exception.

I did find a small Thai food place in the city, which raised my hopes considerably, but was astonished how the food there had adopted a 'Hungarian flavour' or style. Nothing at all like the UK Thai food, (which is probably nothing like authentic Thai food anyway), although admittedly I just based all this on a small takeaway. I could easily be mistaken, but my impression is that imported Asian and Far Eastern foodstuffs are little-known and/or unpopular e.g. pineapple. My UK Hungarian friends all enjoy UK Indian restaurant offerings, so perhaps there's hope for an entrepreneur to fill a gap in the Hungarian market, apart from the obvious Budapest curry houses?
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I'm on a mission - to recreate Indian restaurant type curries at home in Hungary.

Traditional indian recipes are not used in UK restaurants, as the cooking time is too long. That's why if you try a recipe at home it will be nothing like the curries you get in restaurants (good, but not the same).

As we can't order a takeaway in Hungary (not in Eger anyway), then I'll just have to make my own. Luckily there is a whole web-based theme which teaches you how to make such curries at home. I'm still working on it (early days) but slowly getting there.

This might need a dedicated thread to provide a resource so that we can all get the curries we love!
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Clive, on Sunday we'll meet a friend from India who lives in Budapest - I'll ask him about sources for Indian stuff, spices etc here.
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I'm on a mission - to recreate Indian restaurant type curries at home in Hungary.

Traditional indian recipes are not used in UK restaurants, as the cooking time is too long. That's why if you try a recipe at home it will be nothing like the curries you get in restaurants (good, but not the same).

As we can't order a takeaway in Hungary (not in Eger anyway), then I'll just have to make my own. Luckily there is a whole web-based theme which teaches you how to make such curries at home. I'm still working on it (early days) but slowly getting there.

This might need a dedicated thread to provide a resource so that we can all get the curries we love!



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There is a shop in Budapest that sells a wide range of Indian foods and ingredients. I'm not sure where it is but one of my English friends went there last year and my wife and I plan on visiting before the end of the year.
My wife can make authentic Indian curries as she used to be co-owner of an Indian takeaway in England and used Indian chefs. The curries they made for themselves were definitely not like the ones sold to customers.
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Just asked my friend and this is the website of the Indian food shop:
Exotic India - shopping for all Indian Products
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