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    Kinds of side dishes

    What would you generally call side dishes like barley, buckwheat or millet?
    Thank you, Rona

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    Re: Kinds of side dishes

    I don't generally eat side dishes like that. Do you mean you want to serve these grains as a little extra food with a main meal? If so, you might be able to say "a side of ____________" .
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    Re: Kinds of side dishes

    Those would be "grains" or perhaps "starches." These are not common foods in the US. Some use barley in soups, but it is mainly used for making beer.

    Buckwheat was grown in the US previously, but fell out of favor.

    Millet is used for birdseed in the US.

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    Re: Kinds of side dishes

    All three grains are used in the UK. They're more common within the health food market (we sell all of them where I work). However, I certainly wouldn't refer to any of them as a side dish. They are grains used for making bread, cakes, desserts, breakfast cereals etc.

    Are you sure that you understand what a "side dish" is? Please tell us what you think it means.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Kinds of side dishes

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    All three grains are used in the UK. They're more common within the health food market (we sell all of them where I work). However, I certainly wouldn't refer to any of them as a side dish. They are grains used for making bread, cakes, desserts, breakfast cereals etc.

    Are you sure that you understand what a "side dish" is? Please tell us what you think it means.
    Ok, if you have a steak with mashed potatoes on a plate, what would you call potatoes? In some diets and also many Eastern Europian countries it is quite common to have millet, barley, buchwheat or others like this instead of potatoes. Itīs not only much healthier than potatoes but it has also lot of important elements in it. I have read a word īīkashaīī somewhere but donīt know if itīs used. Thanks, Rona

    Here is a proof that itīs possible. And it is not a picture I took.
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    Re: Kinds of side dishes

    If it's part of the main dish, it's not a side dish.

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    Re: Kinds of side dishes

    I'd call it a "starch."

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    Re: Kinds of side dishes

    If you have steak and mashed potatoes on the plate, then you're eating "steak and mash". There is no side dish. If you decided to make a little dish of salsa to have in a bowl alongside your steak and mash, it would be a side dish. The reason it's called a "side dish" is that the plate that it's on sits to the side of your main plate.

    For example, when I go out for a curry for dinner, I usually order:

    - Starter: Onion bhaji
    - Main course: Vegetable korma with pilau rice
    - Side dish: Bombay Aloo, Bhindi Bhaji and Mattar Paneer

    The onion bhaji comes first. When that's finished, the korma and rice come together, either already on the plate or together on a tray ready for me to serve onto my plate. The three side dishes are brought at the same time as the main course but on a separate tray.

    I'm sure you're right that millet etc is more healthy than mashed potatoes but if it comes as part of the main dish, then it isn't a side dish.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Kinds of side dishes

    Maybe this is an AmE/BrE difference. I have had "a side of fries" that is served on the same plate and one that is served on a separate plate. Either way it is a side dish. It's not the entree.

    When you order a steak or a piece of chicken at a restaurant, you usually get a choice of sides. This could include potatoes, rice, vegetables, applesauce, etc. It's all side dishes.

    Now, with something like chicken Parmesan, which would be served on top of spaghetti all as one entree, you typically do not get a choice of sides, since the spaghetti is incorporated into the entree.

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    Re: Kinds of side dishes

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Now, with something like chicken Parmesan, which would be served on top of spaghetti all as one entree, you typically do not get a choice of sides, since the spaghetti is incorporated into the entree.
    Just as a side comment : I would always choose "are" to go with spaghetti (probably influenced by my mother tongue).
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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