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History of indian foods by region.

 

Indian food variety

India has the largest population in the world (1.3 billion), making its cuisine more diverse than any other country in the world. It’s been welcoming new settlers for 5,000 years. The first wave of immigrants came from the Indo-Aryan tribes that migrated into India around 1500 B.C.  These included the Iranians and the Balochi, who are thought to have spread across India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Indian subcontinent.

As people from different culture came to India, they bring different variety of food tradition with them.

For example, the Parsis brought their Persian-influenced Zoroastrianism in addition to their traditional Iranian cuisine and food practices. Likewise, the Jews and the Arabs introduced their own cuisine and food traditions such as falafel and shawarma.

The Indian subcontinent has a rich history of cultural fusion and intermixing.  In addition to the arrival of different cultures, India also became a melting pot for the many migrations that have taken place across the globe.  Thus, many Indian dishes were born out of this diversity.  As a result of these diverse influences, Indian cuisine is rich and diverse and its influence can be seen in many other cuisines across the world.

Today, Indian food continues to be a source of inspiration for chefs and home cooks alike.  In the 21st century, Indian cuisine has taken on a new lease of life and is increasingly being recognized as a source of culinary inspiration.

As India’s economy grows and food culture evolves, Indian restaurants are becoming more prevalent in cities across the world. Today, in addition to its traditional roots, Indian cuisine has also become a vibrant and diverse source of inspiration for many chefs across the globe.

Hindu and Muslim are the two dominant religions that have influenced Indian cooking and food habits the most. They brought their own culinary methods and methods with each migration of settlers. Vegetarianism is a widely practiced Hindu tradition and Muslim tradition is the most dominant in the cooking of meats.

With many Hindus choosing to abstain from eating meat, eggs, and dairy. The Vedas, the oldest texts of Hinduism, include numerous references to vegetarianism, including the following verse from the Rig Veda: “He who eats flesh, he who eats eggs, he who eats milk, he who eats fish, has sinned in his heart.

Hindu vegetarian dishes has a rich history in India. The Hindus are mostly vegetarian which is why the dishes are generally vegetarian. They have also been vegetarian for many years and it is only in recent times that the non-vegetarian dishes have started to appear in restaurants. This is due to the changing times. It is not that there are no non-vegetarian dishes on offer. However, the non-vegetarian food is usually an appetizer and even some of the Muslims are also very fond of it. But some of the Muslims have their own ways of preparing this dish and they don’t follow any particular way. They prepare it according to their own taste and preferences.

The popular Indian vegetable dishes are usually made with a combination of spices. It is important to have an idea about the best combination of spices that will add the flavor and aroma to your food. Spices play a major role in making the food delicious and tasty. There are some popular spice combinations that are use in  cooking, which are as follows: Sauce: Garlic-Curry – Indian food is usually accompanied with a good amount of sauce.

Some methods to cook of these indian vegetable dishes are Tadka means the’spit’ of a fire. This name is given to vegetables that are cooked on the’spit’ or ‘fire pan’ in the centre of the stove. The name is also given to dishes that are cooked by this method. Sooji means ‘cooked’. Sooji is a type of dish made of ground, dry lentils.

Whereas Mughlai food, kababs,rich curry, kormas, biryani, rogan josh, and favorite dishes cooked in a clay oven are wonderful contributions made by Muslim settlers in India.

Mughlai food are also famous dish of muslim culture.The food is the rich heritage of india, Mughlai cuisine are the best cuisines of India.  There are many varieties of Mughlai food available with different flavours and spices.

The biryani is a popular dish of Indian Muslims. It is basically a layered rice and meat dish. The rice is first cooked in water with some spices and then the meat is added to it. The mixture is then layered with the rice and cooked further.

Indian kababs are famous dish of muslim culture it is a very tasty and healthy food which is prepared with all the ingredients like vegetables, meat, pulses, and herbs.

Kormas are also very famous dish among indian muslims, they are a kind of meat that is stuffed in dough and fried. Korma is a very tasty and healthy dish. In their home, they prepare korma in many different ways and they use fresh ingredients for making this curry.

There are four regional cooking style in India, namely North, East, South and West.They are all different and have their own unique style and flavors.

North

North India was influenced by the Moghuls who ruled India for three centuries. Saffron and gravies made from pureed nuts and cream were all derived from the Moghuls. The everyday bread of the Afghani people is called naan. It is not the bread of the native Indians, yet it has become a misconception that Indians make the bread at home, and that naan is an indigenously Indian dish. The word ‘naan’ means “bread” in Urdu, Persian and Arabic. Indian breads are made from wheat flour or rice flour and are baked in a dry heat. The dough is then cut into pieces and rolled out with a rolling pin or a flat stone. This process is called tandoori or tandoors. Indian breads have been made since the dawn of time. The breads were a staple food and were consumed by the rich and poor alike.

South

North Indian food is the opposite of South Indian food. It’s made with curd, yogurt and spices. It’s also eaten at all meals, and it can be one or two courses. Hindus are split on whether they eat meat or not.But they don’t mind eating eggs and chicken. The most common North Indian dishes include: • _Roti_ (bread) served with a variety of dips, sauces and side dishes.

If you want to eat authentic, delicious, and nutritious Kerala food, head to the Southern region of Kerala. Here you’ll find a common thread: coconut, which is the state’s culinary mascot. Coconut is so ubiquitous in this part of India that the word for it is used as a greeting, a sign of good luck, and even a form of address for royalty.

West

The West Coast of India has distinct culinary flavors that are unlike anywhere else in the country. Go to the Western states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa to experience these regional cuisines.With so much coastline and tropical weather, the West Coast is a culinary paradise for foodies. The unique flavors of the land have been influenced by its diverse geography and history.

A big portion of population in Gujrat is Muslims, Hindus, Parsis, and Jains who all have their own method of cooking.

Parsis eat a lot of chicken and seafood. They don’t eat vegetables or milk. Whereas Jains are strict vegetarians because of religious reasons.

In many parts of India, vegetarians have to eat a lot of eggplant or other vegetables because meat is not readily available. This is certainly true of the state of Gujarat, and if you want to know what’s great to eat there, try the eggplant.

Maharashtra is a huge state,the food is rich, the people are friendly and there’s always something to do.There are more than 1,100 islands in this amazing state of India.Its famous city Mumbai,and it has lot of  5-star hotels and restaurants that blend coastal favorites with a dash of red chilies and a healthy helping of coconut.

East

Eastern states of India are very different from each other, from West Bengal to Orissa to Bihar to Jharkhand. There are numerous differences between the regions of these states, but all of them have one thing in common – a rich cultural history. With more than 200 languages and dialects, India is home to a rich variety of cultures, religions, and traditions.

Bengali food is typically mild, with fish and rice at its core. The order of a typical Bengali meal starts with a vegetable dish flavored with a bitter taste and ends with a rich milk-based dessert that Bengalis are famous for. If you’re looking to make the most of your time in India, don’t miss out on the best food experiences in Bengaluru. Although Bihar and Jharkhand are predominantly vegetarian, they eat beef, pork, goat and chicken in addition to their vegetables and beans.

So as you see there are so many regional varieties of food available across India for both Veg and Non Veg guests. Visit India and enjoy all the cultural richness.

 

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