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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.
16 May 16
Khaman Dhokla ( Non- Fried Snacks ) by Tarla Dalal
Khaman dhokla, a famous snack sold in every street of Gujarat, it is no longer restricted to that region -- it is readily available in every part of the country. People love these yummy dhoklas as a breakfast, snack or as a farsan (savoury accompaniment) in the lunch or dinner menu.
We made it ....
17 Jan 17
Biryani, Veg Hyderabadi Biryani by Tarla Dalal
Biryani is an everlasting relic of the Moghul era that continues to live and breathe in innumerable restaurants and kitchens across the globe.
Not only that, this traditional recipe has stood the test of time by being constantly adapted to suit the tastes of each generation. While many modern ve ....
27 Apr 17
Paneer Tava Masala, Punjabi Tawa Paneer Masala Recipe by Tarla Dalal
A semi-dry preparation of marinated paneer with common spices and spice powders, tomato pulp, fresh cream, and all the works, the Paneer Tava Masala features a mind-boggling array of flavours, thanks to the addition of roasted caraway seeds, kasuri methi and chaat masala too.
The aroma and flavo ....
19 Apr 15
Moong Dal Halwa by Tarla Dalal
A classic recipe that is relished throughout Rajasthan during the winter months, as it is supposed to keep the body warm and protect it from the bitter winter cold. It is considered to be auspicious, and is often prepared during Holi, Diwali and weddings too. It takes a long time and lots of patienc ....
11 Oct 17
Oats Adai, Oats Spinach Pancake by Tarla Dalal
Adai is one of the most popular South Indian
snacks. It is a slightly thicker pancake compared to dosas, and is made with a spicy batter of rice and pulses.
Here, we have made a modern variant using crushed oats. The Oats Adai is quick and easy to make, ....
11 Oct 17
18 Oct 17
Mysore Bonda, South Indian Snack by Tarla Dalal
An awesome snack from the ever-busy kitchens of Mysore, the Mysore Bonda is a deep-fried fritter made of plain flour, rice flour and curds, perked up with a range of appropriate taste givers like ginger and green chillies.
This traditional snack, a specialty of Karnataka, has a beautifully reddi ....
13 Oct 17
Omapodi Recipe, South Indian Plain Sev Diwali Snack by Tarla Dalal
Omapodi is an all-time favourite jar snack in Tamil Nadu. It has withstood the test of time and continues to delight generations of South Indians!
It draws a parallel with the North Indian sev, but the flavour of ajwain sets the Omapodi apart from regular sev. In fact, ‘omam’ means ajwain in Tam ....
13 Oct 17
Sambhar Rice, Sambar Sadam by Tarla Dalal
A traditional one-dish meal
from the kitchens of Tamil Nadu, the Sambhar Rice is enjoyed so much by them that it is made on special occasions as well as lazy weekends!
They need no reason or occasion to make Sambhar Rice – if they feel like it, ....
16 Oct 17
Curd Upma, Breakfast Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Upma made with semolina is one of the most famous breakfast dishes in India. We have tweaked the traditional recipe slightly, by cooking the roasted rava in a mixture of curds and water instead of just water.
This gives a nice consistency and pleasant, rustic tang to the upma. This, in fact, use ....
23 Nov 14
Atta ka Sheera ( Gujarati Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
I consider this one of the easiest guajarati sweets-with just a few ingredients, which too can be found in all kitchen shelves. Just note a few simple points, and success is assured. While sautéing, keep a lookout for when the ghee separates and the atta becomes lighter, as this is the perfect indic ....
28 Jul 16
Ribbon Sev by Tarla Dalal
Ribbon Sev, also known as Ribbon Pakoda, Ola Pakoda or Ottu Pakoda in South India is a broad, ribbon-shaped sev that is super crisp because of the perfect proportioning of rice flour, besan and butter. The dough for this deep-fried snack is flavoured aptly with chilli powder and asafoetida, which gi ....
02 Feb 17
Panch Phoron, Bengali Five Spice by Tarla Dalal
If you want to try your hand at Bengali
cooking, Panch Phoron is one of the first spice mixes you need to keep ready. Without Panch Phoron, Bengali cooking is just incomplete!
There is no roasting or grinding to make the Panch Phoron. It is just a combination ....
12 Apr 15
Chana Dal and Cabbage Tikki by Tarla Dalal
Diabetic-friendly ingredients like chana dal and cabbage, flavoured elegantly with mint leaves and cumin seeds powder, make brilliant tikkis! The crispness of the Chana Dal and Cabbage Tikki brought about by the interplay of chana dal and curds is indeed remarkable, but must be had fresh off the tav ....
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