Indian food is different from rest of the world not only in taste but also in cooking methods. It reflects a perfect blend of various cultures and ages. Just like Indian culture, food in India has also been influenced by various civilizations, which have contributed their share in its overall development and the present form
Foods of India are better known for its spiciness. Throughout India, be it North India or South India, spices are used generously in food. But one must not forget that every single spice used in Indian dishes carries some or the other nutritional as well as medicinal properties.
North Indian Food
Food in the north India, to begin with, Kashmiri cuisines reflect strong Central Asian influences. In Kashmir, mostly all the dishes are prepared around the main course of rice found abundantly in the beautiful valley. Another delicious item cooked here is the ‘Saag’ that is prepared with a green leafy vegetable known as the ‘Hak’.
But on the other hand states like the Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh show high consumption of chapatis as staple food. Again, these chapatis are prepared with a variety of flours such as wheat, rice, maida, besan etc. Besides chapatis other closely related breads baked in these regions include Tandoori, Rumaali and Naan etc. However in the northern region impact of Mughlai food is quite obvious.
West Indian Food
In western India, the desert cuisine is famous for its unique taste and varieties of food. Rajasthan and Gujarat are the states that represent the dessert flavor of Indian food. Here an immense variety of dals and achars (pickles/preserves) is used that simply substitutes the relative lack of fresh vegetables in these areas.
In the states like Maharashtra, the food is usually a mix of both north as well as south cooking styles. Here people use both the rice and the wheat with same interest. Along the coastline of Mumbai a wide variety of fishes is available. Some of the delicious preparations include dishes like the Bombay Prawn and Pompfret.
In Goa, that is further down towards south, one can notice Portuguese influence in the cooking style as well as in the dishes. Some of the major dishes of this region are the sweet and sour Vindaloo, duck baffad, sorpotel and egg molie etc.
East Indian Food
In the eastern India, the Bengali and Assamese styles of cooking are noticeable. The staple food of Bengalis is the yummy combination of rice and fish. Usually the Bengalis love eating varieties of fishes. A special way of preparing the delicacy known as ‘Hilsa’ is by wrapping it in the pumpkin leaf and then cooking it. Another unusual ingredient that is commonly used in the Bengali cooking is the ‘Bamboo Shoot’. Various sweets prepared in this region, by using milk include the ‘Roshogollas’, ‘Sandesh’, ‘Cham-cham’ and many more.
South Indian Food
In the southern India, the states make great use of spices, fishes and coconuts, as most of them have coastal kitchens. In the foods of Tamil Nadu use of tamarind is frequently made in order to impart sourness to the dishes. It simply distinguishes the Tamil Food from other cuisines.
The cooking style of Andhra Pradesh is supposed to make excessive use of chilies, which is obviously to improve the taste of the dishes. In Kerala, some of the delicious dishes are the lamb stew and appams, Malabar fried prawns, Idlis, Dosas, fish molie and rice puttu. Another famous item of this region is the sweetened coconut milk. Yet another dish is Puttu, which is glutinous rice powder steamed like a pudding in a bamboo shoot.
Cuisines of the world found in India :
Apart from the beautiful and wide variety of cuisines found in each corner of India, we also have a great Influence of western cuisines on the country. Some are due to our obsession with the western cultures some are simply because we Indians have adopted some cuisines and made our own versions of them . Lets have a look at popularly eaten western cuisines in India
1. Chinese food :
The Indian version of Chinese food is vastly different from the authentic Chinese cuisine. Indians have borrowed some of the Chinese dishes like chowmein, soups, manchurian etc and adapted these to their own tastes. Actually Chinese food is supposed to be bland, but we Indians cannot eat food that is not spicy. So we have added some spicy tadka to our Indian version of Chinese food.
2. Italian cuisine :
When it comes to Indian cuisine, it can be quite confusing. Many of us simply aren’t used to 5 different types of Masala, and a typical Indian menu can be quite overwhelming. However, many of us can understand the basics of Italian cuisine. We’ve heard that Italian food is marked by regional specialities, pasta is a big deal, dishes focus on a few key ingredients, and an Italian grandma guarantees you will be well-fed, there are pizza and pasta corners found almost at every turn you take in India.
3. American cuisine :
When we think of American classics our minds jump to the comforting standbys we grew up with: hot dogs, fried chicken and chocolate chip cookies. Over the years, this cuisine has made such a mark on us that it seems like at some point or the other, everyone has a little love affair with it. With the splash of American grubs all over, it has transformed from delicious to glorious in India too
4. French cuisine :
A few years ago, French food in India either meant massively sauced steaks and blotchy macaroons served by local cafes, or ostentatiously priced, strictly non-vegetarian food, served in celebratory restaurants. The cuisine has come a long way since then. There are serious connoisseurs of French cuisine, and restaurants have evolved to put together wholesome experiences. Chefs are making persistent efforts to popularise French cuisine.
5. Arabian cuisine :
Tikkas, khapsas and shawarmas are few well known and mouth watering dishes eaten widely in India. Just like the UAE shawarma stalls are to be found very commonly in India, slowly and steadily more Arabic Dishes are becoming famous in India by the day.
As you can see, India has a lot to offer, both Indian cuisines and other world cuisines that we have adopted and altered to our taste. Trust us on this, u can never have unsatisfied taste buds when in India. Do leave us with feedback.