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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.
13 Aug 11
Amla Rice by Palak Rajput
Amla rice is best accompanied with pickle or raita.
01 Jan 01
Appam Pancake by Tarla Dalal
This honeycombed pancake traces its origins to India's Western costal district, the Konkan.
14 Nov 11
Atta Ka Sheera by Tarla Dalal
Mouth-watering Atta Sheera, with a fabulous colour, texture and flavour, ready in just five minutes! If you are wondering how that magic is possible, well, just trust your microwave to do it for you. Flavoured with cardamom and garnished with slivers of almond, this is one irresistible dessert that ....
01 Jan 01
01 Nov 16
Chawli Bean Subzi by Tarla Dalal
This unique Chawli Bean Subzi is sure to please your palate with its exciting sweet, sour and spicy flavour. With tamarind, jaggery and chilli powder, not to forget a quick and traditional tempering, the fiber and iron-rich chawli bean becomes a tangy treat that you will love to munch on!
Use th ....
30 Jun 16
Corn- Spinach and Cheese Tikki by Palak Rajput
Corn-Spinach and Cheese Tikki, unlike other tikkis where all the ingredients are just mixed, shaped and deep fried, this tikki has a wonderful crunchy covering made from a dough of spinach, besan, rice flour and bread crumbs and is stuffed with cheesy, minty corn. Every morsel of this delicious tik ....
26 Aug 11
28 Mar 16
Danyachi Usal, Maharashtrian Peanut Curry by Tarla Dalal
A tongue-tickling and scrumptious preparation of cooked peanuts perked up with a traditional tempering and a flavourful coconut paste, the Danyachi Usal can be served with meals or separately as a tea-time snack.
Ready within 10 minutes, this satiating dish is also easy to prepare. Just make s ....
24 Apr 16
Farali Cool Dessert by Jyoti V B
Sabudana has a bland taste by itself, so by adding some mango pulp and kesar flavoured milk, this dessert becomes tasty and healthy! This is filling for upvas, and one of the best Faral recipes! It is loved by all age groups. Hope you enjoy!
30 Aug 11
Fruit Delight Pudding by Palak Rajput
Fruit delight pudding combination of cake, custard and fresh fruits.
16 May 11
Gongura Pappu ( Know Your Green Leafy Vegetables ) by Tarla Dalal
Straight from the kitchens of andhra pradesh, this delicacy is extremely liked and very frequently consumed there. 'pappu' means dal in telegu and has been combined here with gongura and moong dal.
01 Jan 01
Hare Mutter Ke Parathe by Tarla Dalal
Hare Mutter ke Parathe have a simple yet lingering flavour and texture that appeal to all. Mouth-watering whole wheat parathe made with a delicious stuffing of boiled and crushed green peas, this main course is not only sumptuous but also excitingly crisp and flavourful. It is amazing how a few gree ....
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 ....
14 Feb 16
Jhatpat Samosa, Quick Veg Samosa Recipe by Tarla Dalal
When temptation strikes, nothing can stop you from having this Jhatpat Samosa! Made with readymade samosa pattis, this recipe requires minimal preparation.
The stuffing too is made with grated paneer and crunchy veggies like capsicum and onions, which can be readily mixed and do not require to ....
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