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9 Takeout Classics, Done At Home

Posted: 12/05/2011 12:03 pm

In the mood for something exotic? Want those punches of garlic, spice and heat?

Put down the phone. You can do it yourself.

Here are 10 classic takeout dishes -- Thai, Indian, Japanese, Vietnamese and everything in between -- that are easy to make at home, and much better for it. Now, whip out your fancy china. No cartons allowed.

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World's Easiest Falafel And Tzatziki
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Call anything "world's easiest" and we're skeptical, but marisab67 is on to something. We'd never made falafel from scratch before and were astonished at how easy -- and fun -- it could be. The food processor does double duty for the herbed chickpea mixture and then the garlic-scented tzatziki, saving us from both fine-chopping and washing extra dishes. The falafel patties are easily formed (a good time to put children or other passersby to work) and well-behaved in the frying pan. One bite into a pita stuffed with freshly crisped falafel, doused in your perfect tzatziki and a few shakes of hot sauce, and ordering take-out will seem like too much trouble. - Amanda & Merrill

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