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Last Updated : Jul 18,2017
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.
17 Jul 12
Kesar-Pista Lassi by Tarla Dalal
Punjabis love their dry fruits. Visit any Punjabi house and you are bound to be offered a bowl full of assorted dry fruits ranging from walnuts to almonds and raisins to pistachios. Dry fruits are used in various Punjabi dishes and also as garnishes to rich halwas and mithais. Here's a great recip ....
02 Feb 18
Poha Aloo Pakoda, Quick Evening Snack by Tarla Dalal
The Poha Aloo Pakoda is a scrumptious snack that you can quickly and easily prepare in the evenings to serve with tea or coffee.
It is very simple and uses minimal ingredients, so you do not have to think twice about making it even after a busy day. After all, some days are worth celebrating, wi ....
19 Feb 18
Roasted Chana Dal Chutney, Healthy Chutney by Tarla Dalal
This South Indian
chutney, replete with the nutty flavour of chana dal and the peppy flavour of spices, is sure to add a flavourful dimension to any dish it’s served with.
The Roasted Chana Dal chutney gets its pleasant tang from curds, which also contr ....
20 Feb 18
Paneer Vegetable Idli by Tarla Dalal
An off-beat idli that’ll delight every diner. Combining crunchy veggies and succulent paneer into a batter of besan and semolina, the Paneer Vegetable Idli is a tasty and handy addition to your cookbook as it’s made with common ingredients and requires no grinding or fermentation.
It is essentia ....
20 Feb 18
Katachi Amti, Alavani Amti by Tarla Dalal
When a spicy dish is served with a sweet one, it helps to highlight the best of both! This fact is proved by the all-time favourite Maharashtrian
combo of Puran Poli with Katachi Amti.
It is made frequently by them, and is a must-have on
13 May 17
How To Make A Perfect Dosa Batter by Tarla Dalal
Perfect dosas are a matter of pride, and this requires the perfect dosa batter! Two things are important when making the batter. One is the proportion of rice to urad and the other is the consistency of the batter.
In this procedure, we use a combination of raw rice and par-boiled rice to get cr ....
23 Nov 14
Mixed Dal Handvo ( Gujarati Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
Mixed dal handvo is a traditional gujarati savoury cake, which is a nutritious meal in its own right when served with chutney and buttermilk. Although readymade flour is available in the market, we suggest you try this version to experience the true flavour. The grated bottle gourd is a very critica ....
11 Sep 14
Rice and Moong Dal Idli by Tarla Dalal
Rice and Moong Dal Idli is a variant of the most popular South Indian snack, Idli, which is traditionally made with rice and urad dal. The well-tested proportions of rice and green moong dal used in this recipe result in a pleasant texture, taste and colour, which will be loved by all your family me ....
21 Feb 18
Green Peas Ambti by Tarla Dalal
Green Peas Ambti is a classic Maharashtrian
preparation of coarsely crushed peas and tomatoes.
It uses a rich and spicy masala paste that is to be freshly prepared with onions, coconut and a traditional selection of spices. Serve hot with
26 May 16
Potato Khichdi , Faraal Aloo Khichdi by Tarla Dalal
A satiating and tasty khichdi made without any cereals or pulses – can you believe it? Well, here is a unique khichdi made with potato as the base. Perked up with crushed peanuts, green chillies and lemon juice, this lip-smacking Potato Khichdi has a pleasing combination of spiciness and tanginess t ....
12 Dec 16
Doodh Paak ( Gujarati Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
Doodh paak is a semi-thick mithai, brimful with the goodness of milk. The milk is simmered for a while; then the rice is added and simmered till cooked. As the rice is cooked completely in the milk, it imbibes a luxurious flavour and aroma. The cardamom and saffron added towards the end complete the ....
17 Jul 12
Aloo Chaat ( Punjabi Khana) by Tarla Dalal
There’s hardly anyone who isn’t familiar with the delicious aloo chaat. It is a versatile dish that is prepared in many different ways by different people in various states. Here is punjab’s version of aloo chaat and in true punjabi style it uses loads of chaat masala, lemon juice, mint and coriande ....
09 Nov 17
Khatta Dhokla, Gujarati Farsan by Tarla Dalal
Although several ready mixes are available to do the job quickly, these cannot match the taste of traditional Khatta Dhokla made with a homemade batter.
Here, we show you how to make authentic Khatta Dhokla using a batter of rice and urad. Seasoned with black pepper and chilli powder, this steam ....
15 Oct 15
Cooked Rice Idli by Tarla Dalal
These super-soft idlis are made with a combination of readymade idli rava and cooked rice along with fluffy, wet-ground urad dal.
It is easier to prepare this idli compared to the traditional one, as you need to soak wet-grind only the urad dal. It is also a relatively foolproof method that is ....
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