"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > Recipes & Ingredients > International Cuisines and Ethnic Cookery
Click Here to Login
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-28-2005, 04:13 PM   #11
Chef Extraordinaire
kitchenelf's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 19,725
Send a message via MSN to kitchenelf
Darkstream - it's probably just a mistake - like asking someone if they are Scottish.


"Count yourself...you ain't so many" - quote from Buck's Daddy
kitchenelf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2005, 10:38 PM   #12
Sous Chef
Lugaru's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Body: Boston Heart: Mexico
Posts: 857
Send a message via AIM to Lugaru
Originally Posted by Darkstream
I am interested as to why someone asked for "Hindi".

As far as I have allways been aware, Hindi is the lingua franca for the Indian part of the Indian subcontinent.

It is a bit like BBC English, understood by everybody who speaks English, even if they cannot speak it very well themselves. It is/was designed so that people who naturally speak Kutchi, Bengali, Gujaratti, and so on could communicate in a common language.

Just like peple who speak Gaelic, Welsh, Yorkshire, Lancastrian, or even E**_S**_S**_E**_X ( 'Oi ! 'AWRIGHT??? OR WHAT???) can have a common means of communication.

So does "Hindi" have a different meaning where you are, and if so what is it?
Thanks, it does have a different meaning where Im from but again it's wrong when translated. Basically asking for hindi food would be me translating directly from how people would say it in spanish, which in their case would also be wrong but it's what they are acustomed to.

So indian is the term?

My english, she's not so good... I meant to say I did it with the malice of forethought.
Lugaru is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2005, 08:57 AM   #13
Chef Extraordinaire
buckytom's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: My mountain
Posts: 20,424
i would think indian, if it's from the subcontinent directly, or more generally southern asian.
May your kilt be short enough to do a jig, but long enough to cover your Lucky Charms.
buckytom is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2005, 03:35 AM   #14
Assistant Cook
quidscribis's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Posts: 36
India, the name of the country, is Hind in Hindi, the language, (I've watched far too many Hindi movies!) so it becomes easier to understand where the original Hindi request came from. On the other hand, if the request was in Spanish, it's also possible, perhaps even likely, that it's a matter of translation as well.

If you're talking generally southern Asian food, you wouldn't call it Indian - that would be incorrect. Sure, India is a part of south Asia, but so are the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh, and the cuisine is not the same or even remotely similar by any stretch of the imagination from one place to another. Heck, Indian food varies wildly from state to state, and Sri Lankan food varies wildly from one part of the country to another. And to call Sri Lankan food Indian, for example, would be taken as an insult by a Sri Lankan.
quidscribis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2005, 11:59 AM   #15
Senior Cook
Darkstream's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 287
OK. I think I see what has happened.

Hindi may well be the word used in Spanish for “Indian”. And a direct translation
from Spanish into English would use that word, instead of the generic and colloquial
English word “Indian”, which is still loosely used today in British English to describe
people and things from the WHOLE of the Indian subcontinent. This is no doubt a
hangover from the fact that it was all governed and exploited by the British East India
Company for centuries, and this word has stuck. This is confusing at times, becuse
this word exists alongside “Pakistani” and “Bangladeshi” which identify specific
nations in the area. “Indian” is also capable of having the meaning of refering
specificaly to India.

Asking for an “Indian” is more like asking for a curry. Becuase there are at least 5
distinct regional cooking styles in India alone, not to mention Bangladesh and

So asking for an Indian is a bit like an Indian asking for a Europen meal, without
making any distiction as between France, Italy, Germany, England etc.

And in restaurants most places, what you will actually get is Bangladeshi or a
Bangladeshi version of some other nation or regions dish.

English as a language is capable of extremely precise and subtle differentiations of
meaning. But it is now so widely spoken that it’s use may cause confusion and
missunderstanding when the same word has two significantly different and location
specific meanings.
Darkstream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2005, 10:28 PM   #16
Chef Extraordinaire
buckytom's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: My mountain
Posts: 20,424
ain't it great tho? :D

May your kilt be short enough to do a jig, but long enough to cover your Lucky Charms.
buckytom is online now   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
SUGGESTIONS FOR THE NEW SITE GB Forum Admin: Tech Support & Announcements 46 03-28-2005 10:56 PM
SUGGESTIONS FOR DISCUSS COOKING? Andy R Forum Admin: Tech Support & Announcements 66 03-08-2005 06:21 PM
Hosting house guests question Claire Today's Menu 10 01-24-2005 06:44 AM
PotRoast Suggestions Lifter Beef 9 11-01-2004 03:21 PM
Cake Walk Suggestions crewsk Cakes & Cupcakes 26 10-30-2004 08:09 AM

» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:25 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.