Elaine and I had great chicken saag and lamb vindaloo last night. And it finally occurred me to wonder what the words saag and vindaloo are all about. The Oxford English Dictionary explains. Saag is easy to guess:
< Hindi sāg greens, vegetable, vernacular adaptation of Sanskrit śāka . Compare Bengali śāk , Marathi śāk .But vindaloo is quite a surprise:
Probably < Portuguese vin d’alho wine and garlic sauce, < vinho + alho garlic.Wikipedia has a brief account of the origins of vindaloo.
Thank you, Sitara Indian Restaurant and Lounge. We will be back.
[It’s especially great to find vindaloo without potatoes. Wikipedia: “Even though the word aloo (आलू) does mean ‘potato’ in Hindi, traditional vindaloo does not include potatoes.”]