Rena Franklin April 16th, 2018
India is a country that boasts of unity in diversity and the story with its cuisine is somewhat similar. The term 'Indian cuisine' is a great misnomer because Indian food cuisine is not just one type of cuisine. The much talked about 'Indian cuisine' is rather the identification of the various cuisines inherent to the states, regions, cultures, climatic conditions and to some extent the religions that make it up.It is interesting to know that Indian food cuisine can be divided in terms of the state or region it comes from, e.g. Maharashtrian cuisine, Gujrati cuisine, Odiya cuisine, Rajasthani cuisine, Andhra Pradesh cuisine, Bengali cuisine, etc. It can also be segregated as North Indian, North East Indian and South Indian cuisine. North Indian cuisine takes into account Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and West-Central & Eastern Uttar Pradesh cuisine. It also includes Bhojpuri and Mughlai cuisine. While North East Indian is the collective term used for Assamese, Arunachali, Tripuri, Manipuri, Meghalayan, Naga, Mizoram and Sikkimese cuisine. Tribal cuisines like that of Garo, Khasi and Bodo, are part of this. South Indian cuisine on the other hand comprises Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu cuisine.
Queen Lowe April 16th, 2018
At first glance it seems to be clear what Burmese cuisine is, it is that what Burmese people are cooking. But taking a closer look reveals that things are not quite as clear as they seem to be because there is both inside and outside Burma a far spread ignorance as to the proper meaning of words. Burma is in many aspects a land of great diversity. There are many different ethnic groups such as the Mon, Shan, Kachin, Chin, Karen, Rakhine, Bamar, etc. The total number of officially recognised ethnic groups is 135 but there are much more because many are not recognised. And as diverse as the country's ethnicity is its cuisine. In other words, 'Burmese (Myanmar)' cuisine is just a catch-all term. What is called 'Burmese' cuisine is actually the sum total of the many different local cuisines and the cuisines of the bordering countries Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand for cuisines do not know clear cut by humans more or less arbitrary drawn borders.
Jeanne Curtis April 16th, 2018
In India, food is most often eaten without cutlery, using instead the fingers of the right hand. Eating with your hands is considered important in Indian etiquette because a person eating with his hands knows the exact temperature of food before the morsel hits his mouth thus preventing blisters in mouth due to consumption of hot food Traditional serving styles vary from region to region in India. A universal aspect of presentation is the thali, a large plate with samplings of different regional dishes accompanied by raita, breads such as naan, puri, or roti, and rice. In South India, a cleaned banana leaf is often used as a hygenic and visually interesting alternative to plates. Indian cuisine is famous the world over with its distinguishing sophisticated use of spices and herbs. Indian cuisine is strongly influenced by widespread and longstanding vegetarianism within sections of India's majority Hindu and Jain communities. Very integral to the Indian culture is the Indian cuisine and love of food amongst its vast population, cuisines differ according to community, region, and state. Indian cuisine is delightfully unique with a great variety of foods, spices, and cooking techniques, each with its distinct taste. Each religion, region, and caste has left its own influence on Indian food.
Martina Buchanan April 16th, 2018
The use of tamarind to impart sourness distinguishes Tamil food.In Andhra food excessive amounts of chilies are used. Some popular dishes include the Biriyani, Ghee Rice with meat curry, sea-food which includes prawns, mussels, mackerel and paper thin Pathiris from Malabar area Western Western India has three major food groups such as Gujarati, Maharashtrian and Goan. Maharashtrian cuisine can be divided into two sections based on the geographical sections. The coastal regions depend more on rice, coconut, and fish. The hilly regions of the Western Ghats and Deccan plateau regions use groundnut instead of coconut and depend more on sorghum and millet as staples. Gujarati cuisine is predominantly vegetarian. Many Gujarati dishes have a hint of sweetness due to use of sugar or brown sugar. Goan cuisine is influenced by the Portuguese as Goa was colonized by Portugal. Saraswat cuisine forms an important part of coastal Konkani Indian cuisine. North Eastern The food of the North East is very different from food from other parts of India. This area's cuisine is more influenced by its neighbors, namely Burma and the China.
Tamara Webb April 16th, 2018
In a traditional Burmese dish boiled (not steamed!) rice (htamin) always takes centre place. The rice is accompanied by a large array of curries (hin) made of fish (nga) or shrimps (pazun seik) or prawn (pazun a-htoke) or pork (wet-tha) or beef (ame-tha) or chicken (kyet), clear broth (hincho)and/or clear soups (hinga), vegetables such as cauliflower (kaw-phi-ban), cabbage (kaw-phi-htoke) or egg plant (kha-yan-thee), salads (athoke) made of e.g. tomato (kha-yan-chin-thee) or cucumber (tha-kwa-thee) with onion (kyet-tun-ni), seasonal fruits such as apple (pan-thee), banana (nga-pyaw-thee), mango (tha-yet-thee), and /or pineapple (nar-nat-thee), etc. and/or desserts such as semolina cake (sa-nwin-ma-kin). Contrary to non-Asian countries where meals are traditionally served in courses (appetizers, soup, main course and desert) in Burma all is served at once so that the diners can chose by themselves what to eat first and what last.
Diana Fry April 16th, 2018
Come the Middle Ages,tea and spices were introduced to India by the travelers and traders. Much later, the Indian cuisine was again influenced by the invaders and conquerors coming from Central Asia as well as the Afghan region. It was also during this time that seasonings became a part of the Indian cuisine, particularly the use of saffron. By the 18th century, when the British came to India to rule the land, a marriage between the two cuisines and two cultures happened, and it has been coined as the Anglo-Indian cuisine. It was not surprising then to see traditional British cuisine like roast beef having an Indian influence by making use of local Indian spices like red chilies as well as curry. Raj traditions also emerged, one of which is the high-tea tradition.
Casandra Puckett April 16th, 2018
Punjabi Cuisine. This Indian cuisine can be found in Punjab and it's a little similar to Mughlai cuisine from the North West frontier. These dishes are topped off with butter and ghee, which makes them even more appetizing and appealing. Some of the famous dishes are Dal Makhani (Black lentils), Tandoori Chicken, Rogan Josh and Naan. The most famous drink is lassi (buttermilk). Restaurants across India serve this cuisine and you can check this cuisine out at the renowned restaurant Punjabi by Nature in New Delhi. Kashmiri Cuisine. This cuisine is found in Kashmir, and it is influenced by cuisines from Uzbekistan and parts of Afghanistan. This Indian cuisine uses a lot of yoghurt, turmeric and mutton but the chefs cut down on the spices and onions. Some of the popular dishes are Yakhein (a yoghurt based dish with chicken), Razmah Goagi (a combination of kidney bean and turnip) and Gaad (a variety of Fish with radish). Kashmiri cuisine isn't as popular as the other cuisines, so not many restaurants serve this kind of food.
Queen Lowe April 16th, 2018
A variety of lentils, vegetables, and roti (wheat based bread) constitute the staple food of most of North India. The preparation of these varieties can vary from place to place. Some of the most popular Northern Indian dishes include: Buknu, Gujiya, chaat, daal ki kachauri, jalebi, imarti, several types of pickles (known as achar), murabba, sharbat, pana, aam papad, and Poha. Another famous snack famous throughout India and belonging to North Indian cuisine is the 'samosa'. These days it is common to get it in other parts of India as well. The most common filling of samosa is a boiled, fried, and mashed potato, although a variety of fillings make it a most delicious and a hot favourite all over India. There are several popular sweets (mithai) like gulab jamun, peda, khurchan, petha, rewdi, gajak, milk cake, balusahi, bal mithai, singori, kulfi, falooda, khaja, ras malai, gulqand, and several varieties of laddu, barfi and halwa.
Kelley Vega April 16th, 2018
Rajasthani Cuisine. This form of Indian cuisine originates from Rajasthan and was influenced by that Rajputs (warriors) and their lifestyle. Rajasthan is one of the driest states in India with very few food options and vegetables. This cuisine can be eaten without heating. Some of the most famous snacks that are popular all over the country are Bikaner Bhujia and Pyaaj Kachori. Some of their dishes which are found in the restaurants in India are Daal-Baati (Lentils), Badi (pastry soaked in a thick curry), Milk Cakes and Laal Maans (mutton curry). Food from Uttar Pradesh. This cuisine is found in Uttar Pradesh which is situated in the northeastern region of India. Some interesting dishes from here are Palak Paneer (spinach curry with cottage cheese), Kofta (a combination of vegetable and flour balls soaked in a curry) and Dum Biryani. Restaurants across India serve this food.
Ollie Bird April 16th, 2018
Vedic Hindus since the Vedic times gave a number of vegetarian recipes to the Indian cuisine. Later, Christians, British, Buddhists, Portuguese, Muslims from Turkey, Arabia, and Persia, and others had their influence as well when they arrived in India. Vegetarianism came to prominence during the rule of Ashoka, one of the greatest of Indian rulers who was a promoter of Buddhism; currently, 31% of Indians are vegetarians. In India, food, culture, religion, and regional festivals are all closely related. Indian meat and fish cuisine is mostly influenced by the Muslim population. Rice, atta (whole wheat flour), and almost five dozen varieties of pulses form the staple of Indian cuisine with the most important being chana (bengal gram), toor (pigeon pea or red gram), urad (black gram) and mung (green gram). Chana is usually utilized in different forms, and can be used whole or processed in a mill that removes the skin, eg dhuli moong or dhuli urad, and can also be sometimes mixed with rice and khichri (a food that is excellent for digestion and similar to the chick pea, but smaller and more flavorful). The Indian dal consists exclusively of pulses except chana.
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