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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.
17 Jul 12
Gobi Paratha, Punjabi Gobi Paratha by Tarla Dalal
Gobi or cauliflower grows abundantly in the Punjab. This vegetable is enjoyed by people of all ages and is a specialty at most celebration and religious gatherings.
Here gobi has been combined with a cooked onion masala and used as a stuffing for a
26 May 16
Drumstick Dal, South Indian Style Dal by Tarla Dalal
Think of this as a more flavourful variant of the everyday Sambhar. A sumptuous mixture of cooked toovar dal, drumstick and vegetables like onions and tomatoes is flavoured with a spicy paste of coconut, onions and spices, and tempered with a traditional mix of mustard seeds and red chillies.
09 Dec 16
Wagharelo Rotla by Tarla Dalal
An upma like dish made with powdered rotlas, the Wagharelo Rotla is a classic, time-tested way to make use of leftover rotlas.
The characteristic taste and aroma of rotlas linger on even after they are powdered, and when cooked with ingredients like onions, ginger, garlic and green chillies, the ....
18 Aug 17
Malvani Chana Masala, Maharashtrian Chana Gravy by Tarla Dalal
There are several interesting things about this recipe. First of all, there is the malvani masala, which is so aromatic and flavourful because all the ingredients are toasted before grinding.
Then, there is the hara chana, which is cooked and crushed to a very convenient consistency before being ....
23 Nov 14
Mohanthaal ( Gujarati Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
Mohanthaal is another famous sweet from the gujarati repertoire. This sweet needs to be prepared with tact, as the one-thread sugar syrup is the foundation stone for the success of this recipe. If overdone, the dish loses its colour and taste. Also, the mava that imparts the softness to this sweet s ....
23 Sep 13
Double Beans Curry by Tarla Dalal
Double beans are very commonly used in gujarati cuisine, as the sole star of a recipe or to support other vegetables. However, there is a twist in this version of double beans curry as i have enriched it with a spicy punjabi style masala instead of the down-to-earth spices used by gujaratis.
21 Feb 12
Achari Paneer by Tarla Dalal
Achari paneer is an aromatic accompaniment, which imbibes its flavour from a mixture of seeds used in the seasoning. A simple mixture of curds, flour and a few spice powders forms the base of this delectable cottage cheese preparation.
08 Sep 16
Rose Milk Recipe, Rose Milk Recipe with Sabza Seeds by Tarla Dalal
Here is a slightly enhanced version of the all-time favourite summer drink, Rose Milk. Rose syrup is cooling and has a rejuvenating fragrance and flavour. This particular recipe adds to the cooling effect with falooda seeds, which also gives the drink an exciting mouth-feel.
Try to pick a good ....
20 Aug 13
Quick Rava Idli ( South Indian Recipes) by Tarla Dalal
Well, you love idlis, but what if you have no batter on hand? here is a quick and equally tasty (in fact, spicier!) version of idlis made with semolina. Since the batter requires no fermentation, this recipe is a quick-fix! for extra zing, add a little grated ginger to this dish.
22 Mar 17
Amla Murabba, Rajasthani Recipe by Tarla Dalal
An evergreen Rajasthani
recipe, the Amla Murabba is a wonderful accompaniment to any meal, but it is so tasty you will want to enjoy a spoonful at any time, without any reason at all.
In this recipe, the soft-cooked and sweetened amlas are delightfully fla ....
31 Jan 17
Kishmish ka Murabba, Sweet Raisin Pickle by Tarla Dalal
If you have never tried pickling raisins before, you have missed something all along! It is time to try it out, right away. Very different and addictively tasty, this Kishmish ka Murabba is a unique sweet pickle made of raisins, sweetened with brown sugar and honey.
The brown sugar gives the mur ....
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, ....
26 Nov 13
Poha Dhokla by Tarla Dalal
Feel like having dhoklas for breakfast? you can whip them up instantly by using beaten rice, which requires no soaking or fermenting. These dhoklas also make a good tiffin option since they do not need reheating. Green chutney balances the not-so-spicy dhoklas.
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
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