March is Indian cuisine month, and we are so excited! Indian cuisine dates back over 5,000 years. Each region has its own traditions, religions and culture that influence its food. Hindus tend to be vegetarian and Muslims tend to have meat dishes, although pork is forbidden. Indian food has been influenced by Mongolian, Persian and Chinese cuisine, among others.
Indian food is so flavourful with its use of cardamom, cayenne, tamarind and other pungent ingredients, the resulting taste combinations are unlike anything found elsewhere around the world. Scientists in India have now discovered exactly why Indian food is so good — it's the fewer number of overlapping flavors in ingredients.
Aloo ki kachori is the oldest dish known in the country. This is a North Indian dish in which dough is separated into ball sized portions, stuffed with mashed potatoes mixed with garam masala, pulverized chili and salt for flavour. These are fried in oil and served with tamarind sauce.
Ten interesting facts about Indian food:
People cook from scratch a LOT.
Most households have maids to help prep and clean up.
There is no such thing as curry powder. You mix the seasoning each time using masala, chili powder, coriander, cumin and other spices to create the flavor base.
For proper table etiquette, do use your hands to eat.
Coconut and mustard are commonly used in South Indian cuisine.
Coffee for breakfast is a common thing. But you will get Nescafé if you don’t ask for espresso at a five-star hotel. When you order brewed coffee, the coffee will always come with milk (or cream) already added, sometimes even sugar.
Breakfast is very important, and it is usually savory.
People eat late.
There are always veg and non-veg options on every menu, often with the veg items listed on top.
Fast food is popular and is localized to a degree that will blow your mind.
Now you understand why we are so excited for Indian food as our theme in March. Stay tuned for some very delicious recipes!
Destination Wellness Team