What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear of the term Indian cuisine? You probably think of many exotic ingredients and lip-smacking flavors that combine to produce unfamiliar dishes. To some, Indian food is exciting, and to others it is no less than intimidating. But what is the one thing that separates authentic Indian food from rest of the world’s culinary delights?
Yeah, you’re probably right if you guessed the answer to be SPICES! This brand of cuisine is a complete world of taste in itself, waiting to scintillate your senses. Interested in knowing more? Don’t worry! Today, we’re going to give you a brief introduction of Indian cuisine why you need to try them out.
Busting the myth
Contrary to popular belief, Indian dish is not all about Curry. In fact, it would be safe to say that Indians are tired of foreigners stereotyping their majestic culinary culture with one single word. Regardless, the term “curry” has become a go-to phrase for any spice based vegetable or meat preparation with the sauce.
As far as taste is concerned, curries can be dry, watery, mild or hot to taste, and in many colors and flavors. It all comes down to the ingredients used and the chef who is preparing the dish. The hugely famous “chicken curry,” “chicken butter masala,” and “chicken tikka” that you find in Indian restaurants all over the USA and Europe are all curry preparations.
Still, believe that India is famous for only one single dish? We hope not!
Eat meat – go vegan – or be vegetarian
Since the dawn of civilization, India has transpired to be a country which has the most number of vegetarians. Sure, people eat meat all the time, but there is some love affair with Indians and veggies that cannot be described in words. Veganism is a rather new concept that has not yet taken off in the country, but you can be certain that it will in a few years.
The food that people consume largely varies according to the culture, climate, availability of natural resources, and the profession that the people are involved in. For example, the state of Rajasthan consists of a mostly vegetarian population that eats dishes prepared out of lentils and grains. That is because the arid climate of Rajasthan doesn’t permit crops to flourish.
Up north, you’ll find people indulging in vegetarian and non-vegetarian food as temperatures colder and crops are available in plenty. Down south, people are mostly non-vegetarian, and seafood is a staple for the population. The East and the West have their own share of delicacies that are at par with food from rest of the country.
A home away from home
One of the most revered cultural aspects that blend effortlessly into Indian style cooking is the people’s love for treating their guests as Gods. When you’re in India, you’ll never feel that you’re eating away from home because of the love that goes into preparing and serving the dishes.
Besides, a rapidly developing country, India has also adapted to the western style of eating as is apparent from the number of KFCs, McDonald’s, and Subway outlets in the cities.