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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.
19 Apr 15
Atte ka Malpua by Tarla Dalal
Atte ka Malpua is just what you need to warm your heart on a cold, winter’s day. It is not surprising then that this is a traditional favourite in Rajasthani households, especially during the unrelenting winter days. The smell of sugary, spicy whole wheat batter deep-frying in ghee, especially the p ....
18 Mar 16
Baingan Bharta, Veg Punjabi Baingan Bharta Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Punjabi food incorporates very innovative cooking methods, be it the use of the tandoor or the concept of cooking vegetables directly over the flame thus endowing the vegetable with a great smoky flavour. The Punjabi Baingan Bharta has many fans all over the world. Baingan or brinjal cooked direct ....
22 Feb 00
Tandoori Naan by Tarla Dalal
The famous tandoor bread of north india.
17 Jul 12
Malai Kofta by Tarla Dalal
With Malai Kofta, it is always celebration time! this is one dish which nobody will get bored of even if it is served at every party. The koftas themselves are so tasty that they can easily be served as a snack along with tea. You could microwave or shallow fry the koftas if you want to avoid deep f ....
16 May 13
Batata Chips Nu Shaak by Tarla Dalal
Completely unique, the Batata Chips nu Shaak is sure to enthrall your taste buds with its amazing crunch and irresistible flavour. Crispy fried potato strips are tossed with sautéed cashews, aromatic seeds and spice powders to make a wonderful shaak that combines beautifully with rotis, puris or ste ....
11 Jan 16
Onion Uttapa, Onion Uttapam by Tarla Dalal
Uthappa deserves to be called the Indian pizza as it lends itself to several toppings, the most popular being crisp cooked onions. You may also try other combinations such as onion and tomatoes.
Usually vendors spread the topping over the uthappam batter and press it in well with their wet fin ....
26 Nov 13
Chole Bhature by Tarla Dalal
My earliest memories of Chole Bhature is of the one I ate at a popular eatery in Mumbai Known as "Cream Centre". On enquiring, I was told that the chick peas and spices were simmered together for hours resulting in a dish that a large number of Mumbaites relish even today! My version of chole is ....
18 Feb 17
Bakar Khani Naan, Hyderabadi Baked Naan by Tarla Dalal
Bakar Khani Naan is a unique baked naan that is coated with poppy seeds and flavoured with cardamom powder. Baking gives this Hyderabadi
naan a special taste and aroma, which are heightened by brushing it with melted butter before serving.
Make sure you s ....
15 Feb 17
Burhani Raita, Hyderabadi Masala Curd Raita by Tarla Dalal
Burhani Raita is a nice and masaledar Hyderabadi
raita, which combines the pungency of garlic with the aroma of coriander and the flavour of popular spice powders.
The Burhani Raita is super easy to make – you just need to whisk the curds and mix in the r ....
23 Sep 14
Rasgulla ( Quick Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
This is one sweet the Bengalis cannot live without, and you too are sure to fall in love with it once you taste these super-soft, milk-white rasgullas. Remember that everything matters in the making of perfect rasgullas -- from the amount of lemon juice used and the lump-free kneading of the chenna, ....
19 Apr 15
Thandai by Tarla Dalal
This fresh, homemade Thandai tastes absolutely heavenly, far superior to the readymade mixes available in the market. Milk, energised with almonds and spices, Thandai is the perfect drink to serve on special days and festive occasions like Holi and Diwali. The aroma of fennel, cardamom, pepper and s ....
19 Apr 15
Ker Sangri by Tarla Dalal
A delightful bean and berry combo unique to Rajasthan, Ker Sangri is a traditional, spicy subzi made with the ker berry and the sangri bean. Cooked simply and easily with common ingredients like red chillies, carom seeds and a couple of spice powders. Ker Sangri is nevertheless extremely tasty, leav ....
13 Jan 16
15 Oct 15
Jaggery Dosa by Tarla Dalal
Easy and quick sweet dosa made with a combination of flours and jaggery, perked up with grated coconut and spiced up with cardamom!
This dosa is only mildly sweet, so can be served as a teatime snack, but if you wish, you could make a nice sweet and savoury dosa platter by serving this with re ....
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