A foodie’s dream destination – India!

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It is only when you travel across the country when you can truly appreciate the variety of cuisines that India offers. A country which is diverse in languages, religions, regions and people there are a number of fragrant and delectable cuisines in India that can tantalise your taste buds. Indian foods are distinctly recognised for their sharp, mouth-appetizing aromas that they give out. This one of the most appetizing parts about Indian foods, just a whiff of a dish and your senses are sent on high alert, waiting to satiate your hunger. Cuisines which are heavily influenced by the predominant religions in the country: Gujarathis, Sindhi’s, Punjabi’s, Parsis, Irani’s, Christian’s, Jews, Sikhs and Muslims, Indian food is known to ravish a tourist visiting the country.

Different from the rest of the world, not only in its taste but its style of cooking, the food of India reflects a blend of different cultures and ages. Indian foods are also highly nutritious, as each and every single spice that is used carries some amount of nutritional value.

From the north to the south and form the east to the west, the cuisine varies in the country. There are also a number of sweet dishes which are popular in the country such as Gajar ka Halwa, Gulab Jamun, Rasgoola and Kheer.

North Indian food is characteristic of it’s the food found in the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Some of the popular North Indian cuisines include Awadhi, Bihari, Bhojpuri, Rajasthani, Mughlai, Punjabi, Rajasthani, and Uttar Pradesh. Most food items are prepared along with rice. Some of the popular dishes here include Saag with Makki Ki Roti, momos (steamed/fried stuffed dumplings), gyakho which is a traditional meat stock soup with different vegetables, thukpa which is noodle soup that can be made spicy or plan. Roomali rotis, Tandoori rotis and naans are some of the special breads which are cooked in the north.

South Indian food is one of the favourites amongst the country. It is characteristic of the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and the union territories of Lakshwadeep and Pondicherry. Rich is a prominent food in all the states. Whether Andhra cuisine, Karnataka cuisine (Udipi), Tamil cuisine or Kerala cuisines some of the popular dishes include Hyderabadi Biryani, Saaru (Rasam like preparation), Palya, Maskai and Avare Kal.South Indian food is usually accompanied with a glass of buttermilk, the staple beverage in the South.  Chutney powders and pickles are extremely popular in the South. Some of the popular dishes of Kerala include lamb stew, rice puttu, idlis, dosas and Malabar fried pawns.

West Indian Food is food that can be found in the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Goa and Maharashtra. There are a wide variety of dals, achars (pickles) and vegetable dishes that are cooked in many different manners. One of the popular dishes if the Gujarati Thaali (dish with a combination of rotis, rice, dals (kadhis), shaak/sabzis (vegetable dishes) and sweet dishes. Other popular dishes include Bombay Prawn and Pomfret, Goan fish curry, Dhokla, Pav Bhaiji, Vada Pav, Misal Pav, etc.

East India consists of the states of Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, West Bengal, Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Orissa and Tripura. As a large part of the area grows rice and receives heavy rainfall (Cherrapunji –the city with the world’s highest rainfall in the world) a large number of vegetables and fruits are abundantly found here. The cuisine of this part of India is strongly influenced by Chinese and Mongolian foods. Some of the popular dishes that can be found here include Jhaal-Muri (a spicy snack made with puffed rice and mustard oil), Machcher Jhol (fish curry) and daab chingri (coconut prawn curry).

So now you know how to pamper your taste buds in India!

 

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