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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.
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 ....
16 Jun 11
Aachar Aaloo by navaashi
A tasty sabzi made from baby potatoes in a tasty dry achaar masala.
23 Jul 09
Aam aur Chane ka Achaar by Tarla Dalal
The summers in India are quite unbearable, but they have a saving grace - the mango season. Everyone looks forward to the yearly mango crop and housewives get busy blending the myriad spices needed for a whole year's supply of mango pickles. As pickles are an essential feature of the Indian menu, n ....
19 Apr 15
Aam Aur Chane ka Achaar ( Rajasthani) by Tarla Dalal
Quick-fixes are there for every dish, from soups to pickles. However, the slow and steady method, although laborious, is often the tastiest. You will realise this truth when, after waiting for seven days, you first relish a spoonful of this delicious Aam aur Chane ka Achaar. A typical Rajasthani pic ....
19 Apr 15
Aam ki Launji by Tarla Dalal
Quick and easy pickle that tickles your palate! Aam ki Launji is made by cooking mangoes with a readily available selection of spices and powders. No complex methods, tricky proportions or pickling time involved in making this, yet it stays fresh for almost four days in the refrigerator. This sweet ....
05 Jun 13
Achaari Paneer Tikkas by Tarla Dalal
An excitingly achaari formula to prepare paneer that is sure to set your taste buds on fire, albeit enjoyably. The Achaari Paneer Tikka features paneer cubes marinated in a wonderfully spicy mix of green chilli pickle, curds, garlic and a variety of aromatic seeds. As you toast each marinated paneer ....
23 Nov 14
Afghani Paneer by Tarla Dalal
The Mughal maharajas had an umpteen number of chefs who spent laborious hours toiling in the kitchens to prepare the perfect meal. They ground most ingredients to powders to ensure the perfect eating experience. Though not as time consuming this recipe uses a powder of melon seeds, cashew nuts and p ....
16 May 13
Ajwaini Roti by Tarla Dalal
Ajwain has such a tantalising aroma and flavour that it can pep up a dish as a standalone spice! You will realise this when you try this mouth-watering Ajwaini Roti. Quick and easy, all it takes it the addition of carom seeds to the flour when making the roti dough, but it makes such a notable diffe ....
20 Aug 13
Almond Payasam by Tarla Dalal
Any dish made using almonds is unfailingly rich, quite befitting royalty! keep the spices such as cardamom to a minimum in this recipe, so as to highlight the creamy, soothing texture and flavour of almonds. Authentic ‘badam kheer’ made the south indian way omits cardamoms and nutmeg and uses a pinc ....
16 May 13
Aloo Aur Kaddu ki Subzi by Tarla Dalal
Soft potatoes and fibrous red pumpkin cooked with an aromatic tempering of assorted seeds and spices, a couple of traditional spice powders, a dash of curds and tomatoes, the Aloo aur Kaddu ki Subzi is a choice you will not regret, whether for a homely meal or a friendly gathering. It burgeons with ....
16 May 12
Aloo Aur Shakarkand Ki Chaat ( Starter Recipe ) by Tarla Dalal
This dish is almost a meal in itself. Potatoes and sweet potatoes are grilled with butter, then topped with curds and spices and garnished with grated radish and spring onions.
22 Jan 16
Aloo Gobi Ke Parathe, Aloo Cauliflower Paratha Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Everyone loves the traditional aloo ka Paratha and a lot of us thoroughly enjoy the occasional Gobi ka Paratha. The Punjabis in their ingenious way have invented this delectable combination that everyone can enjoy. Boiled and mashed aloo and Gobi are combined with the essential Punjabi masalas to cr ....
16 May 13
Aloo Gobi Methi Tuk by Tarla Dalal
Tongue-tickler to the core, the Aloo Gobi Methi Tuk is a tasty subzi featuring deep-fried veggies perked up with a traditional tempering and fenugreek leaves. Deep-frying the potato wedges with the peels on, gives it a rustic flavour that you will thoroughly enjoy. Fenugreek and chaat masala, on the ....
23 Nov 14
Aloo Hara Masala by Tarla Dalal
Mughlai food is known to be very time consuming to prepare as it uses lots of pastes that need to be ground separately. Here is a starter that is prepared by first making a bright green fresh and minty paste and then combined with curds and other ingredients to make a marinade. Make sure you marinat ....
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