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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.
05 Nov 15
4 Flour Dosa by Tarla Dalal
A unique dosa that is made with a fermented batter of soaked and ground urad combined with the right proportions of four readymade flours, the 4 Flour Dosa is super tasty and notably satiating!
Rather than using high glycemic index rice, this sumptuous pancake is made with fibre-rich flours li ....
23 Jul 09
Aam aur Chane ka Achaar by Tarla Dalal
The summers in India are quite unbearable, but they have a saving grace - the mango season. Everyone looks forward to the yearly mango crop and housewives get busy blending the myriad spices needed for a whole year's supply of mango pickles. As pickles are an essential feature of the Indian menu, n ....
19 Apr 15
Aam Aur Chane ka Achaar ( Rajasthani) by Tarla Dalal
Quick-fixes are there for every dish, from soups to pickles. However, the slow and steady method, although laborious, is often the tastiest. You will realise this truth when, after waiting for seven days, you first relish a spoonful of this delicious Aam aur Chane ka Achaar. A typical Rajasthani pic ....
11 Jan 16
Aam ka Achaar, Mango Pickle, Punjabi Achar by Tarla Dalal
During the mango season in the summer in Punjab, one can see at least two or three earthenware jars full of pickled raw mangoes maturing in the sun outside homes.
This typical Punjabi
recipe for making mango pickle is most popular in the region. The combinat ....
19 Apr 15
Aam ki Launji by Tarla Dalal
Quick and easy pickle that tickles your palate! Aam ki Launji is made by cooking mangoes with a readily available selection of spices and powders. No complex methods, tricky proportions or pickling time involved in making this, yet it stays fresh for almost four days in the refrigerator. This sweet ....
26 Nov 13
Aam Lassi Slush by Tarla Dalal
Here, we bring together two favourite beverage formats – slush and lassi! Rich and luscious mango lassi is blended with mint leaves and ice cubes to get a slushy, peppy drink, which is sure to be enjoyed by everybody. Remember to let the Aam Lassi Slush rest a while out of the freezer so you can mix ....
17 Jul 12
Achaari Dahi Bhindi by Tarla Dalal
A double-tangy subzi with the combined sourness of curds and tomatoes, perked up with a wide assortment of seeds and spice powders, which give it a super peppy flavour and aroma too. The ladies finger is sliced and shallow-fried before preparing the gravy, so that it has a nice texture and does not ....
05 Jun 13
Achaari Paneer Tikkas by Tarla Dalal
An excitingly achaari formula to prepare paneer that is sure to set your taste buds on fire, albeit enjoyably. The Achaari Paneer Tikka features paneer cubes marinated in a wonderfully spicy mix of green chilli pickle, curds, garlic and a variety of aromatic seeds. As you toast each marinated paneer ....
04 Apr 16
Achar Dip, Achari Dip by Tarla Dalal
Never before would you have experienced such a wide assortment of Indian spices in a dip! With a base of curds, tempered with five aromatic spices, perked up with coriander and green chillies, and chilled to a pleasant temperature, this lip-smacking Achaari Dip will make your taste buds tingle with ....
17 Jul 12
Achari Baingan by Tarla Dalal
This is one of the most delicious methods of cooking brinjal or Baingan. The achaaris masala is very popular in Punjabi cooking and contrary to popular belief does not use any actual achaar or pickle. It is a flavourful blend of carefully chosen spices and curds. The achaaris masala is truly represe ....
18 Mar 16
Achari Chana Pulao, Pickled Kabuli Chana Pulao by Tarla Dalal
For those who love the complex interplay of spices in pickles, this Pulao will be a dream come true. Rice, fortified with kabuli chana, is perked up with an interesting assortment of spices ranging from nigella and fenugreek to fennel seeds and black cardamoms, along with some readymade spice powder ....
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.
21 Nov 07
Achari Paneer Pulao Or How To Make Achari Cottage Cheese Rice Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Paneer, marinated with achari spices like fennel and nigella is tossed together with rice, which is cooked to perfection with typical spices like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and caraway. This gives the feeling of having a nice pulao with a mild pickle, but it comes in a single package, making it conv ....
22 Dec 15
Adai Recipe, Adai Dosa, Breakfast by Tarla Dalal
Adai is a crisp, golden dosa made using a batter of rice and mixed dals. It has the rich aroma of coconut oil and roasted dals, and a very rustic flavour as well.
It is more satiating than regular dosas and makes a great Breakfast
. Adai can be enhanced ....
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