Indian Recipes have evolved over centuries and has flourished under the many rulers-that India had. Chefs vied with one another to create exotic delicacies for their rajahs. The result is centuries of patronage to the art of cooking and a large repertoire of delicious recipes.
Indian Recipes are becoming popular due to its exotic flavors and healthful preparations. The repertoire of Indian Cuisine is vast and the following are some of the interesting aspects of the cuisine.
Cooking according to tastes: There are no written recipes in India and the individual is encouraged to orchestrate a dish by using fresh, seasonal and local vegetables. We use spices sparingly and our foods are not necessarily hot. Besides spices we use lots of herbs and other natural seasonings to make our foods sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent.
Cultural Influences: Many Indians are vegetarians having been influenced by Buddha (Indian King and founder of Buddhism), Mahavir (founder of ,Jainism) and King Ashoka. Our cuisine has been influenced by the Aryan settlers, the Arab and Chinese traders and conquerors such as the Persians, Mongolians, Turks, the British and the Portuguese. Ayurveda: lndia’s ancient science, has given India a comprehensive system of health, diet and nutrition. India’s cuisine has been shaped by this science. Ayurveda is the common thread that runs through the various sub cultures/regions of India. Otherwise, the cuisine can. Be vastly different from region to region.
Diversity: India is a large country, almost the size of Europe, and has a greater diversity of people, language, climate, cultures and religion than almost any country in the world. Consequently. Indian cuisine is also diverse.
Indian Restaurant Recipes: Many Indian restaurants around the globe are influenced by North Indian Cuisine. Indian restaurant cuisine has been influenced by Indian chefs who had their culinary training in France. They created a fusion of the two great cuisines by adopting cream sauces in their Indian recipes.
Recipes of Royal Kitchens of India: Under the patronage of the rajahs of India the art of food was elevated to a high level of advancement and professionalism. The royal chefs understood the finer points of food, the art of presentation and created exquisite preparations.
Indian cuisine is gaining popularity around the globe. It is easy to prepare, tasty and its mainstay is grains which is what people want today people want meals that are high in carbohydrates, have ample amounts of a variety of vegetables and contain complete proteins – it also has the health promoting properties of various herbs, ginger and spices. Yogurt, an accompaniment to Indian meals introduces good flora (acidophilus) into the digestive system. Many of our menus are vegetarian, which tend to be more alkaline than non-vegetarian menus. Fresh fruit follows Indian meals, which also contributes to an alkaline balance.
Since traditionally we cook with tastes rather than with recipes. Indian cuisine has very wholesome tastes designed to satisfy not only the taste buds but also the human physiology.
The hospitality of the Indians is legendary. In Sanskrit Literature the three famous words Atithi Devo Bhava’ or ‘the guest is truly your god’ are a dictum of Indian hospitality. Indians believe that they are honored if they share their mealtimes with guests. Even the poorest look forward to guests and are willing to share their meager food with a guest. And of particular importance is the Indian host’s pride that they will not let a guest go away un-fed or unhappy from their home. Indians are known for their incredible ability to serve food to their guests invited or uninvited.