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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.
Ganthias, Gujarati Gathiya Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Tea-time becomes more than perfect when it features ganthias and jalebis
. Ganthia is a crunchy and savoury snack that has been loved by generations of Gujaratis. It has gained its share of fame in other parts of India and the rest of the worl ....
Methi Thepla, Thepla Recipe Without Curds for Traveller by Tarla Dalal
Nothing like theplas to carry along on a journey. Not only are they very tasty with the superb flavour and aroma of methi, they are also satiating and convenient.
To make these theplas we have used a whole wheat flour dough with a large assortment of taste-giving ingredients ranging from green c ....
Bhindi Raita by Tarla Dalal
Many people are afraid of using ladies finger in a raita as they think it will get gooey. But, you will pleasantly surprised to see that it is a best-fit for raitas... you just need to know the right way of including it.
Deep-fried ladies finger, when added to curds and seasoned with spice powde ....
24 May 17
Makhane ki Kheer ( Indian Cooking) by Tarla Dalal
Makhane, with their interesting puffed appearance are a favourite with everybody, right from children to adults. While savoury snacks using Makhane are a hot favourite, these lotus seeds also lend themselves beautifully to sweet dishes, such as this Makhane ki Kheer.
Here, roasted and powdered ....
23 May 17
Drumstick Pickle, South Indian Pickle by Tarla Dalal
A very different and unusual pickle from the kitchens of South India, the Drumstick Pickle is perfectly spiced and 100% sure to tickle your taste buds.
Sautéed drumstick pieces are allowed to marinate in a tangy and spicy base that includes tamarind pulp, asafoetida and a freshly-ground masala p ....
22 May 17
22 May 17
Avial, South Indian Curry by Tarla Dalal
This mouth-watering South Indian
curry is nothing short of a delicacy with its unusual combination of veggies, flavoured aesthetically with a mildly-spiced coconut paste.
Do not chop the veggies too finely when making Avial, because the veggies should re ....
20 May 17
18 May 17
Hara Bhara Kebab in Green Gravy by Tarla Dalal
Here's how you can welcome your favourite starter
into the main course! Hara Bhara Kebab, the ever-popular starter made of chana dal, paneer and green-hued ingredients like spinach and green peas, is drowned in a tongue-tickling green gravy and served as ....
17 May 17
Stuffed Bhindi Sambhariya by Tarla Dalal
For a taste of authentic Gujarati
cuisine, have a go at the Stuffed Bhindi Sambhariya. Ladies finger, cooked with a stuffing of roasted besan and spice powders, the Stuffed Bhindi Sambhariya has a very different taste, which leaves a lingering warmth on your pal ....
17 May 17
Bread Aloo Chaat, Bengali Street Food by Tarla Dalal
A delicacy from the streets of Calcutta, the Bread Aloo Chaat is a chatpata treat with a blast of flavours and multiple textures.A layer of sliced bread is topped with a flavourful potato mixture, and served with a garnish of peanuts, coconut and sev.
While the chutneys and spice powders give th ....
15 May 17
Minty Green Peas and Cabbage Paratha by Tarla Dalal
Staying fit is mainly about understanding your body and eating foods that suit it. Consuming the right ingredients can be quite exciting if you add them to tasty foods.
Mint, for example, is a great acidity reliever. Fresh mint juice had early in the morning can do wonders, but you can also cons ....
13 May 17
How To Make A Perfect Dosa Batter by Tarla Dalal
Perfect dosas are a matter of pride, and this requires the perfect dosa batter! Two things are important when making the batter. One is the proportion of rice to urad and the other is the consistency of the batter.
In this procedure, we use a combination of raw rice and par-boiled rice to get cr ....
11 May 17
Buckwheat Dhokla, Kutto na Dhokla by Tarla Dalal
Lots of nutrition comes to you in the form of this stomach-friendly dhokla. The batter is easy to make – just measure the buckwheat, mix it with curds and let the batter soak for 2 hours.
The non-fermented batter also makes this Buckwheat Dhokla a good option for those suffering from acidity. Ju ....
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