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Indian cuisine is a vast and varied one. It is reflective of the myriad cultures and traditions that make up this vibrant country of ours. Every region has its own way of cooking and serving food, as well as customs and practices concerning food. The food of each region is greatly influenced by not just the local availability of vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices, but also by the historic and cultural background of that community. Indians are so fond of their traditional food that they take along the knowledge and practices even when they go abroad.
With the advent of cookbooks and online portals, recipes do get passed on from region to region, but still you can find distinct differences in the way the food tastes, because of the availability of ingredients and common cooking practices in each region. Pav Bhaji made in South India, for example, is quite different from how it tastes in then North; and likewise Idli and Sada Dosa made by North Indians might be quite different from how the South Indians make it!
India’s cuisine is categorized mainly based on the region – Punjabi, Gujarati, Rajasthani, Maharashtrian, South Indian, Bengali, Hyderabadi, and so on. Some cuisines rely on extensive use of spices like cardamom, cumin, mustard and bay leaf to impart flavour to their food, while others get the flavour by tempering with ingredients like mustard and jeera. Depending on the region, the main course might focus on Roti or rice, with accompaniments like Subzis, Dal, Sambhar, etc. Bajra Roti and Green Pea Pulao together with Pyazwali Bhindi and Dum Aloo could make an interesting meal, just as Cabbage Poriyal, Sambhar, Rasam and Rice would too. Indian cuisine is also famous for its mithai, which includes an unending list of delightful recipes like ladoos, halwas, rabdis, jamuns, malai sweets, etc. The deeper one ventures into Indian cuisine, the more they can appreciate the diversity and limitless variety it offers.
01 Jan 01
Grilled Vegetable Toast by Tarla Dalal
Grilled vegetable toast, a delectable crunchy toast pepped up with cheese and vegetables, giving a creamy flavour to the toast.
01 Nov 16
Tandoori Roti, Tandoori Roti On A Tava by Tarla Dalal
Every time we are at a restaurant we are tempted to order Tandoori Rotis, because we think we cannot make it at home.
While it is awesome to bite into authentic rotis cooked in a wood-fired clay oven, you will be excited to know that the same wonderful taste and texture can be replicated at home ....
23 Jul 09
Instant Mango Pickle ( Achaar Aur Parathe) by Tarla Dalal
A delectable mango pickle that is ready within minutes. Slice the raw mangoes into thin long strips or alternatively, grate the mangoes thickly. I have used mustard oil for this recipe but you can substitute it with refined oil, if you like
16 Dec 08
Schezuan Noodles by Tarla Dalal
Authentic Chinese recipe, in a Jain-compatible form! Tasty and easy to make, it combines the best of both worlds.
12 Dec 16
Hyderabadi Baghara Baingan by Tarla Dalal
A flavour-packed treat for your palate, the Hyderabadi Baghara Baingan is loaded with the dynamic flavours of several seeds and spices.
Slit brinjals are cooked with an aromatic and spicy tempering of seeds, curry leaves and green chillies, and a rich paste that contains a large gamut of flavour ....
17 Jul 12
Dal Amritsari by Tarla Dalal
Dal Amritsari, as the name suggests is a dal from the city of Amritsar in North India. Prepared with whole black lentils or whole urad, this dal is ready in a jiffy when cooked in a pressure cooker, without compromising on the taste. A tadka or tempering is prepared for this dal with tomatoes onio ....
27 Jun 16
Rava Dhokla, Semolina Dhokla, Suji Dhokla by Tarla Dalal
The Rava Dhokla is quick and easy to make, without requiring any grinding or fermenting, yet it is as fluffy and tasty as you would expect a dhokla to be, making it an ideal dish to whip up for breakfast
22 Jun 16
Hariyali Parwal, Hariyali Parwal Curry by Tarla Dalal
Hariyali Parwal is a mouth-watering curry of stuffed parwal cooked with coriander-flavoured curds. The stuffing of fennel seeds, onions and spice powders gives the parwal a smashing flavour, which is improved further by the paste of coriander and curds that it is cooked in.
Make sure you keep ....
19 Apr 15
Thandai by Tarla Dalal
This fresh, homemade Thandai tastes absolutely heavenly, far superior to the readymade mixes available in the market. Milk, energised with almonds and spices, Thandai is the perfect drink to serve on special days and festive occasions like Holi and Diwali. The aroma of fennel, cardamom, pepper and s ....
05 Nov 15
4 Flour Dosa by Tarla Dalal
A unique dosa that is made with a fermented batter of soaked and ground urad combined with the right proportions of four readymade flours, the 4 Flour Dosa is super tasty and notably satiating!
Rather than using high glycemic index rice, this sumptuous pancake is made with fibre-rich flours li ....
29 Jan 17
Mixed Vegetable Handvo, Non Fried Snacks by Tarla Dalal
Mixed Vegetable Handvo is a delicious snack made with readymade idli batter reinforced with loads of tasty, juicy, crunchy veggies!
A tempering of mustard and sesame seeds adds to the flavour and aroma of this tasty treat. We have cooked the handvo in a tava and cut it into handy-sized pieces fo ....
15 Jun 16
Curd Rice, South Indian Curd Rice Recipe by Tarla Dalal
In South India, the Kheer
and mithai are served at the start of a meal. It is the Curd Rice that comes at the end, as a flavourful and soothing finish to a traditional spread. At the same time, it is also a comforting one-d ....
20 Feb 14
Faraali Pattice ( Faraal Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
Available in the shops and streets of mumbai, this famous pattice is made with a crunchy-creamy peanut and coconut stuffing.
24 Apr 17
Paneer Makhanwala by Tarla Dalal
Though just a tablespoon, the butter gets a status equal to the paneer in this recipe as you can guess from the name of Paneer Makhanwala.
This is because frying the spice powders and tomato-onion puree in butter gives this dish its unique, intensely rich flavour. At each stage, make sure you sa ....
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