What is Indian Cuisine ?
Whenever the word “Indian Cuisine” comes in the mind, we all start thinking about delicious food with smooth, vibrant, colorful sauces made with thousands of spices. Served with Bread (Roti, Paratha, Naan, Kulcha etc), rice and lots of other sides.
Just to give a little background. There is no such thing called staple food of India. Indian Cuisine is literally changes at every town. All town has their own speciality. We can say that the Indian cuisine has lot and lot of different variety based on region and tradition. The food range is because of the diversity in soil, climate, cultures and most importantly the spices available in the region. The regional vegetables and herbs also influence the style of cooking.
The foreign invasions and trades also played a very important roles in Indian cuisine. For example, the most staple ingredient, Potato, was introduce by the Portuguese. They brought potato, chillies and breadfruit while they were colonizing different part of India.
Indian cuisine is still evolving, as a result of the nation’s cultural interactions with other societies. Now days a fusion food is a trend in India. Italy gave the world the most delicious food – A Pizza. And India changed delicious pizza in to Paneer Pizza or Chicken tikka pizza. Pizza with Indian spices, sounds weird but the taste is exact opposite to weird. At first you may not like it but I bet you won’t stop once you start it.
Spices were bought from India and traded around Europe and Asia. Indian cuisine has influenced other cuisines across the world, especially those from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, the British Isles, Fiji, and the Caribbean.
If you are fond of spices then start looking for Indian restaurants near by. Or if you love cooking then you may want to give yourself a try to cook a few of them.