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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.
Suva Masoor Dal, Zero Oil Healthy Dal by Tarla Dalal
For many, dal is the ideal comfort food. It satiates and soothes, while also giving you ample nutrition. The Suva Masoor Dal is a veritable treat for such dal lovers.
The unique combination of dill with masoor dal gives this recipe a distinct flavour, which is boosted by the addition of garlic, ....
26 Jul 17
Vegetable Rava Idli with Coconut Chutney by Tarla Dalal
Dotted with vibrantly coloured, assorted veggies, this soft and sumptuous rava idli is a perfect dish to start your day with. The mild tanginess of curds and subtle notes of chilli paste make the Vegetable Rava Idli very flavourful, while veggies like sweet corn and carrot offer soft, juicy breaks i ....
25 Jul 17
Paneer and Corn Curry by Tarla Dalal
Rich and flavoursome, the Paneer and Corn Curry is a subzi worthy of a party
menu. Corn and paneer are all-time favourites, which jack up the popularity of this subzi instantly.
It is flavoured with a rich and luscious paste of cashews, poppy se ....
25 Jul 17
Rava Vada, Sooji Vada by Tarla Dalal
The Rava Vada is a very popular South Indian
snack, which has a unique taste and fabulous texture. Moreover, it is very quick and easy because you do not have to prepare a batter. So, you can make this without any fuss when a sudden guest arrives.
The se ....
21 Jul 17
Bean Toastada by Tarla Dalal
A whole crisp fried tortilla makes the bottom layer on top of which beans and cheese are piled high.
21 Jul 17
Minestrone by Tarla Dalal
Minestrone soup is the ideal way to start a hearty meal; alternatively it's so jam-packed with the goodness of vegetables that it could even serve as a whole meal by itself!
You can also try other wholesome soups like Lentil and Vegetable Bro ....
21 Jul 17
21 Jul 17
Spicy Urad Dal Puris by Tarla Dalal
Serve these delicious urad dal puris with sweet pickle and hot tea on a sunny Sunday morning, for a complete Rajasthani ambience.
You can also try other puris to enjoy with a cup of hot tea like Khus-khus ki Puri
or K ....
20 Jul 17
19 Jul 17
Baked Rasgulla, Bengali Sweet Dessert Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Love rasgullas? Then, this Baked Rasgulla is just the right dessert for you. Made by baking rasgullas bathed in a creamy paneer mixture, this innovative dessert has a very nice mouth-feel and flavour, which will delight your taste buds.
The aroma and flavour of spices like saffron and cardamom a ....
19 Jul 17
Palak Chola Dal Idli, Breakfast Recipe by Tarla Dalal
This idli breaks all stereotypical notions that we usually have about idli – it is not made of rice and urad, it does not require fermentation, yet it is super tasty!
Two off-beat ingredients – chola dal and palak form the base of this tasty idli, which gains some additional flavour from ingredi ....
17 Jul 17
Kadala Curry, Kerala Curry for Appam, Puttu and Dosa by Tarla Dalal
Spicy and tongue-tickling, this Kadala Curry is a traditional Kerala favourite that has now become well-known throughout the world as the best combination for soft, fluffy Appam
This sumptuous curry features cooked kala chana pepped up with a coconut-based masala that ....
15 Jul 17
Pumpkin Kootu, Pumpkin and Yellow Moong Dal Sabzi, Curry by Tarla Dalal
This is a gravy-like dish made using pumpkins and dal. Other vegetables like chow-chow, snake-gourd, cabbage, carrots etc can also be cooked this way. Normally, a traditional South Indian
meal will definitely include one dry curry and one kootu.
A good ac ....
15 Jul 17
Mixed Vegetable Kuzhambu, South Indian Veg Curry by Tarla Dalal
This elaborate version of Sambhar
is a primary side dish whose smell will linger in your hands long after you are done with the meal, thanks to the exciting array of spices used in it.
It is usually had as an accompaniment ....
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