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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.
12 Jul 17
Phodshi Sabji, Maharashtrian Monsoon Leafy Vegetable by Tarla Dalal
Phodshi is an off-beat veggie, which is available in Maharashtra in the monsoon months. Soaked chana dal and an assortment of interesting masalas complement the taste of the phodshi, giving rise to a truly delicious subzi.
Phodshi being available only in the monsoon, don’t miss the opportunity t ....
03 Oct 16
Kanda Poha, Mumbai Roadside Recipes by Tarla Dalal
Maharashtrians would feel lost without poha! beaten rice flakes tossed with the traditional tempering of mustard seeds, chillies and curry leaves, this is served aesthetically with tiny wedges of lemon. If you are in a rush, you can just grab a readily available parcel of poha and have it later in t ....
12 Jan 17
Malgapodi Powder, South Indian Gun Powder Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Malgapodi is also fondly called ‘gun powder’, which makes it obvious just how fiery it tastes! The spiciness of red chillies combined with the aroma and rich taste of roasted dals and asafoetida makes this South Indian
spice powder a really tongue tickling t ....
23 Nov 14
Garlic Chutney ( Gujarati Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
Here is a fiery garlic chutney to excite your taste buds! traditionally, this chutney is made using a grinding stone, but it is quite convenient to make with modern mixers. This chutney is a superb combo for fried snacks like pakodas, bhajias, etc. It can be stored in the refrigerator for 10-15 days ....
22 Jan 16
Rasmalai, Bengali Rasmalai Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Get set to prepare the all-time favourite Bengali
delight right in your own kitchen!
We show you the whole process, right from curdling the milk to make fresh and succulent paneer, to making super-soft rasgullas from it, and soaking them in aromatic and spi ....
07 Nov 16
Lapsi, Fada ni Lapsi, Gujarati Broken Wheat Dessert Recipe by Tarla Dalal
One of the most well-known of Gujarati desserts, Lapsi is a very appealing sweet dish of roasted and cooked broken wheat sweetened with sugar and flavoured pleasantly with cardamom powder. Roasting the broken wheat in ghee gives the Lapsi a rich brown colour, intense aroma and nice flavour. Although ....
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.
29 Feb 16
Kesar Kulfi Falooda by Tarla Dalal
Rich creamy kulfi topped with falooda and rose syrup is a dessert which finds a place at every Indian
buffet counter. Kulfi is our very own Indian ice-cream
made from thickened and reduced milk flavoured with saff ....
20 Aug 13
Potato Song by Tarla Dalal
The potato song is inseparable from the cuisine of goa and neighbouring regions along the western coast of india. This simple yet aesthetic dish blends with the idyllic and scenic environment along the coast!
21 Nov 07
Paneer Tikka Masala, Green Pea and Paneer Tikka Masala by Tarla Dalal
Juicy green peas and chunky paneer are coated with a peppy mix of veggies and spice powders to make a tongue-tickling treat! A flavourful marinade of assorted spice powders and dried fenugreek leaves makes the succulent cubes of paneer quite exciting to bite into, while a readily-available Jain toma ....
23 Nov 15
Moong Dal Dahi Vada by Tarla Dalal
Amidst drum rolls and lots of pomp, we present a non-fried version of none other than one of the most popular chaats... Dahi Vada. Be careful not to soak the vadas beyond 2-3 minutes, to prevent them from breaking. This is a heavy snack so, I suggest you do not indulge in more than one serving.
16 May 14
Paneer Amritsari Tikka ( Kebabs and Tikkis Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
Punjabi food embodies spices at their best! The Paneer Amritsari Tikka proves this fact once again. Succulent strips of paneer are marinated in a tongue-tickling mix of carom seeds and other spicy ingredients. Once the spongy paneer soaks in all the vibrant flavours, it is ready to be deep-fried and ....
23 Nov 14
Moong Dal Sheera ( Gujarati Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
This recipe is ambrosia for all sweet lovers, especially those fond of sheera. This coarse-textured, hot sweet takes a long time to cook—as slow cooking with continuous stirring is a must for this recipe—but is definitely a rewarding effort! soak the saffron in warm milk for at least 20 minutes as i ....
20 Aug 13
Chitrana Rice ( South Indian Recipes ) by Tarla Dalal
Another popular traditional rice preparation from karnataka! this is one version of the recipe made using powdered spices. Alternatively, it can also be made by processing the ingredients into a gravy called gojju and then mixing it with cooked rice.
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