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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.
22 Jan 16
Golpapdi, Gujarati Gol Papdi Recipe by Tarla Dalal
This wheat flour based sweet is easier to prepare than any of the other traditional Gujarati sweets
Since it does not have too much ghee and is trouble-free to prepare, you can even make it often as an evening ....
14 Nov 11
Golpapdi, Microwave Golpapdi by Tarla Dalal
A traditional Indian
sweet, made quickly and easily using the microwave oven.
The aroma and rich flavour of ghee-roasted wheat flour, sweetened with jaggery, is just too delicious to explain with words. Since it is so easy to make, you can experience it for y ....
26 Nov 13
Dry Garlic Chutney by Tarla Dalal
A powerful combination of pungent garlic and nutty dried coconut, perked up with a generous dose of chilli powder, the Dry Garlic Chutney is a flavourful albeit strong value-add to many snacks and chaats, especially Vada Pav. For a change, you could try sprinkling some on an open sandwich too!
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 ....
27 Apr 17
Mixed Vegetable Subzi, Restaurant Style Sabzi by Tarla Dalal
The rich hue, strong aroma and irresistible taste of this Mixed Vegetable Sabzi will make you addicted to it!
A gravy of tomatoes, onions and cashewnuts forms the base of this marvelous creation, which features a horde of colourful and juicy veggies, which are sautéed separately in oil and then ....
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 ....
06 Mar 16
05 Dec 14
Spicy Mixed Dal by Tarla Dalal
With five protein-rich dals, this spicy mixed dal version combines curds and traditional spices to give a tangy, spicy, delectable accompaniment for parathas and rotis. This dal can be prepared easily and quickly, but remember to soak them together for an hour to ensure uniform cooking.
16 Jan 16
Butter Milk Rasam, Curd Rasam, Mor Rasam by Tarla Dalal
Buttermilk rasam is a ‘light’, moderately spicy rasam that can be safely consumed even by those with cold or fever for whom raw buttermilk is usually not allowed. It tastes best when drunk as it is, while it can also be served with rice
and a spicy
23 Nov 14
Samosa ( Gujarati Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
Whether crisp and triangular, or big and conical, samosas are a universal favourite throughout the country. Here is the traditional gujarati “patti samosa”, which is a crispy samosa a tad different from the recipes of other regions. Unlike other samosas, the gujarati version does not use boiled pota ....
27 Jun 16
Rava Dhokla, Semolina Dhokla, Suji Dhokla by Tarla Dalal
The Rava Dhokla is quick and easy to make, without requiring any grinding or fermenting, yet it is as fluffy and tasty as you would expect a dhokla to be, making it an ideal dish to whip up for breakfast
07 Mar 17
Hyderabadi Khatti Dal by Tarla Dalal
Loads of tomatoes and tamarind give this Hyderabadi Khatti Dal a tongue-tickling tanginess, while a splash of spice powders and other pungent ingredients like ginger, garlic and green chillies add to its finger-licking taste!
This everyday dal
10 May 17
Vegetable Hariyali by Tarla Dalal
The moment we think of hariyali, we think of a green gravy made of coriander and green chillies. But, in this Punjabi delicacy, the hariyali base comes from a combination of spinach and mint leaves, which gives the subzi a really fabulous taste and vibrant aroma, not to forget its classic greenish h ....
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 ....
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