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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.
Motichoor Ke Ladoo by Tarla Dalal
Diwali just seems incomplete without Motichoor ke Ladoo! Just the sight of this famous mithai reinforces the mood of festivity. However, many think it is very difficult to make and buy it from outside. Try this foolproof recipe at home. Just follow the exact proportions and you will get the perfect ....
25 Oct 16
Tameta Muthia Nu Shaak by Tarla Dalal
A traditional treat from the kitchens of Gujarati
, the Tameta Muthia nu Shaak will amaze you with its fenugreek flavoured muthias in a tangy tomato base.
While the original recipe calls for oodles of oil, we have managed to recreate the same magic without a ....
25 Oct 16
Layered Fruit Sandesh by Tarla Dalal
A masterpiece that combines the joy of a fruit salad with the classic appeal of a Bengali
delicacy, the Layered Fruit Sandesh is an eye-catching dessert in which layers of sweetened and spiced paneer alternate between layers of fruits like pomegranate, kiwi, appl ....
24 Oct 16
Pani Puri, Paani Puri, Golgappa Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Crisp semolina puris filled with sprouts and chilled mint flavoured water make a great snack for a hot summer afternoon. They are known as "golgappas" in northern India and as "poochkas" in West Bengal. When my favourite "panipuriwallah" is serving me these delightful little puris one after the othe ....
24 Oct 16
Aloo Poshto by Tarla Dalal
A scrumptious Bengali
delicacy of deep-fried potatoes coated with a lip-smacking masala of roasted poppy seeds and spicy green chillies. The aroma of roasted poppy seeds, the crispness of the potato cubes and the warm taste of green chillies on your palate makes ....
22 Oct 16
Hot and Sweet Dip by Tarla Dalal
Ready in minutes, the Hot and Sweet Dip is made with chilli flakes and vinegar sweetened with sugar. A pinch of salt helps to highlight the other flavours, and must be added without fail.
Remember to allow this dip to soak for a few hours before serving so that the sauce imbibes the spiciness of ....
22 Oct 16
Sabudana Vada in Appe Pan by jayashreetrao
Sabudana wada is a highly addictive snack. Here is a healthy alternative to it which is equally tasty.
21 Oct 16
Aloo Methi, Punjabi Aloo Methi Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Aloo Methi is an everyday recipe... easy, tasty and awesome. Yet, every time you taste it, it feels exotic, with the softness of potatoes and the pleasing bitterness of methi. Indeed, this Punjabi favourite deserves the global fame that it has earned! You will find that this recipe is made with ever ....
17 Oct 16
Varan Bhaat, Maharashtrian Varan Bhaat by Tarla Dalal
Varan Bhaat is a famous Maharashtrian
dish of steaming hot rice topped with ghee and lentil curry. The toovar dal is prepared in a simple and homely manner that will appeal to everybody.
Onions, tomatoes, green chillies and spices add to the flavour o ....
16 Oct 16
American Chopsuey, Jain Recipe by Tarla Dalal
What a blast of flavours and textures! The combination of fried noodles, boiled noodles and sautéed veggies gives this recipe a wide range of textures, while a medley of sauces gives it an exhilarating flavour.
This recipe does not use boiled veggies. Raw veggies are simply sautéed with salt f ....
13 Oct 16
Rajasthani Pakoda Kadhi by Tarla Dalal
The highlight of the Rajasthani Pakoda Kadhi is the addition of crisp and fresh besan pakodas! This imparts a chewy, crunchy dimension to the kadhi making it more satiating. You will also find this kadhi to be more flavourful, as it uses a wider selection of spices than normal, everyday kadhi recipe ....
12 Oct 16
Sweet Potato Khichdi, Vrat, Upvas by Tarla Dalal
days, we are always on the lookout for nourishing but simple recipes that sync with upvas rules. Here is a fabulous Sweet Potato Khichdi, which is just perfect for such occasions.
This simple but tasty khichdi is mad ....
08 Oct 16
Mysore Masala Dosa with Green Chutney by Tarla Dalal
Traditionally, Mysore Masala Dosa
is made by smearing dosas with a special Mysore chutney that is sweet, tangy, spicy and garlicky, and then stuffing it with delectable Potato Bhaji.
Here, we have modified the recipe slightly, f ....
07 Oct 16
Ghugni, Bengali Style Diabetic Snack by Tarla Dalal
style recipe which is enjoyed as a snack by most. Not being cooked in too much oil, it is healthy.
The masalas and the final touch of coriander, on the other hand, adds to the appeal and taste. It's quite satiating thus avoiding munching on other ....
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