Do you think you know a lot about Indian Cuisine? Indian Cuisine has such a great variety, probably due to the large geographical expanse, that it is impossible to know everything about the rich cuisine. Every state of the country presents a different version of the food.
But still, if you are an Indian Food lover, you must make yourself acquainted with important facts about Indian Food. Here, in this post, I have listed 10 really amazing and resourceful facts about Indian Cuisine which you can easily mug up and share with your friends and flaunt your knowledge about your favourite cuisine.
Let’s get started!
- The very popular word that is considered an inseparable part of Indian Cuisine is “Curry” but seldom people know what it actually is. Curry is a mixture of spices often called as Garam Masala. The spices used are – cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, cloves, black pepper and tamarind.
- The most common spice used in India is cumin. The word “cumin” is from Sanskrit language word “Jeera” which means that it aids in digestion. Apart from its widespread use in Indian Cuisine, cumin is also used in Latin American, traditional Brazilian and Mediterranean cuisine.
- There are three forms of spices used in India – Fresh Spices (like ginger, bay leaf, garlic, curry leaves), whole dried spices (like cumin seeds, nutmeg, coriander seeds, mustard seeds) and roasted or grounded spices (like turmeric powder, fenugreek powder, chilli powder)
- India is home to one of the hottest chillies in the world which is often known as “ghost chilli”. And then you were wondering why Indian Food was so spicy & hot!
- If you’re still wondering why Indian Food is spicy even after reading my previous post about the same subject, you must know that most of the Indian Food is smoky, not spicy.
- Ever tried butter chicken with naan? Naan is one of the most favourites breads in Indian Cuisine. But did you know that the first naan bread was actually made in Persia in 12th century.
- The best Indian snack – samosa is not Indian. Even tea is not Indian. The great chicken Tikka Masala was invented in Scotland.
- Major population of India is vegetarian but in ancient India, meat was considered the best kind of food. (Source)
- All Indian Cooking is carried out in a variety of vegetable oils like mustard oil, sunflower oil, ground nut oil etc. Animal fat is never used for cooking purposes.
- In Indian cooking, one must take care to add acidic food (lemon, tomatoes etc) after adding and cooking the spices. If this isn’t practiced, the spices won’t be cooked thoroughly and raw flavour of spices is yuck!
Now, you know some really good facts about Indian spices, Indian Cooking and Indian Cuisine in whole. Right? What are you waiting for? Share this facts and let everyone be enlightened.