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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.
18 Jan 16
Mini Green Pea Uttapa, Green Peas Uttapam by Tarla Dalal
With its striking appearance and vibrant taste, the Mini Green Pea Uttapa is nothing short of a winner! A batter of rice, urad and green peas is perked up with apt flavorings and cooked into delicious mini uttapas.
Served with green chutney, the Green Peas Uttapam makes a mouth-watering snack. ....
20 Aug 11
Kalakand by Tarla Dalal
If made in the traditional way, kalakand is a very time consuming and intricate mithai to make. I found a much easier way to make kalakand in a few minutes and believe me, it tastes just as good. Packed with calcium and protein, this energy rich recipe is just what you need to perk you up on a sl ....
21 Mar 17
Red Pumpkin Chutney, Kaddu Chutney, Bengali Bhopla Chutney by Tarla Dalal
This mild and simple Bengali
chutney is a surprise for those who don’t know about it. The procedure is so simple but the taste is so awesome!
Cooked and mashed red pumpkin is blended with an assortment of ingredients like red chillies, raisins and tamarind, w ....
15 Oct 15
Mysore Chutney, South Indian Mysore Chutney by Tarla Dalal
Kannada cuisine is generally marked by the moderate use of coconut and jaggery in almost all accompaniments. Here in the Mysore Chutney, these ingredients come together with a combination of dals, tamarind and spices.
This chutney can be spread on the inner side of
16 May 11
Rice Kheer by Tarla Dalal
Rice kheer is a traditional favourite all across india, especially in the south, where it is one of the most preferred options for weddings and special occasions. Traditionally, the milk and rice are simmered for a long time till the rice is cooked and the milk turns a pinkish hue with a rich aroma, ....
21 Nov 07
Quick Paneer Subzi by Tarla Dalal
A delectable blend of flavours and textures makes this Quick Paneer Subzi a great hit! This Jain recipe features cottage cheese cubes, capsicum and tomatoes perked up with a simple yet aromatic powder of coriander and red chillies. Apart from the fact that this lip-smacking subzi uses minimal ingred ....
18 Aug 17
Healthy Bhapa Doi by Tarla Dalal
If anybody has an incurable sweet tooth, it’s a Bengali – and they are proud of it. Mostly made of dairy products, Bengali sweets have a unique flavour and amazing mouth-feel. Ranging from sweet curds to rasagolla, their sweets are now famous all over the world.
Of these, Bhapa Doi is a rich and ....
19 Aug 17
Masala Stuffed Parota, Bengali Low Salt Paratha by Tarla Dalal
Parota is a special type of Indian
bread, which never fails to entice the diner with its special slightly-chewy mouth-feel and unique appearance that has a spiral or ringed surface.
While the traditional version is made of maida, here we have made it healthier ....
21 Aug 17
Bengali Style Brown Rice Khichdi, Low Salt Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Be it a cold winter’s day or a sweltering summer’s one, there is nothing like a meal of Khichdi to perk you up, for this is one dish that manages to always warm the soul as well as satisfy the tummy!
style adds a bit of excitement to the equation, ....
21 Aug 17
Cucumber and Carrot Curd Brown Rice, Low Salt Recipe by Tarla Dalal
On a busy day, a simple bowl of curd rice can come to your rescue by satiating your tummy and keeping you fit! We have enhanced the health quotient of this simple South Indian
recipe by making it using brown rice rather than white rice.
A few low-sodium ....
16 Jun 08
Methi Palak Dhoklas by Tarla Dalal
Dhoklas enriched with protein and vitamin C is a classic snack for your child's growing bones.
12 Dec 16
Hyderabadi Baghara Baingan by Tarla Dalal
A flavour-packed treat for your palate, the Hyderabadi Baghara Baingan is loaded with the dynamic flavours of several seeds and spices.
Slit brinjals are cooked with an aromatic and spicy tempering of seeds, curry leaves and green chillies, and a rich paste that contains a large gamut of flavour ....
18 Aug 17
Methi Malai Paneer Subzi, Restaurant Style Sabzi by Tarla Dalal
The appetizing bitterness of methi, the royal creaminess of malai and the succulence of paneer come together to make an awesome subzi that tops the chart of favourites in most Indian restaurants. A paste of cashew nut, tomatoes, onions and spices adds to the luscious mouth-feel of the Methi Malai Pa ....
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 ....
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