Inside the Wonderland of Indian Cuisine
When it comes to India, it comes with its diversity and that’s why there is a very popular saying by Shakespeare about the Indian cuisines that- Age cannot wither…nor custom stale the infinite variety…
The Indian cuisine with its immense variety has carved a niche for itself in the world. Indian food is a perfect blend of several cultures and ages influenced by various civilizations. The real essence of Indian cuisine lies in the wide range of desi (local) spices available and aromas generated by their use. Cooking in India is considered as an art and the meal time is considered as occasions for family to get together. As far as Indian cuisine is concerned, a wide variety of Indian food as per the geographical region is categorized.
North Indian Food starts with Kashmiri cuisines prepared with the main course of rice and “Saag” is another delicious food prepared in Punjab. In other states like Haryana, U.P, chapattis are very popular as a staple food and besides chapattis northern region is influenced by the Mughlai food. This sort of food is rich in chillies, spices, cottage cheese, ghee and nuts. North Indian menu includes Samosa, Lamb Kebab, Paneer tikka, Vegetable Jalfrezi, Mawa Kachori, Mutter Paneer, Fish Amritsari, Kheer and many more.
West Indian Food is popular for its varieties and unique taste. Where Rajasthani food largely comprised of vegetarians, Gujarati Thaali is very famous for a wide variety of vegetable dishes along with delicious desserts. Bombay Prawn and Pomfret are some delicious preparations from Maharashtra and Mumbai, rich in variety of fishes. Popular dishes include Thepla, Bhelpuri, Khakra, Fish curry, Chicken Xacuti and many more.
East Indian Food commonly comprises of Bengali and Assamese food style with the yummy combination of fish and rice. Bengalis are famous for their eating habits and their food items are usually deep fried and steamed. This region is also popular for a range of delicious sweets like Cham-cham, Roshogollas and Sandesh. The main dishes of East Indian food include Momos, Machcher Jhol, Jhaal- Muri etc.
South Indian Food is famous for the great use of spices, coconuts and fishes. Sweetened coconut milk is another popular item in this region. Being a coastal area, a huge range of seafood is available here with Chettinad cuisine. In addition, South Indians are great love of filter coffee. Dosas, boiled Idlis, Uttapams and Daals (Lentils) comprise various meals in South India.