Many cultures have a recognizable cuisine, a specific set of cooking traditions using various species or combination of flavors unique to the culture, which evolves over time. In the same way, Indian food is recognized by its combination of regional food. Food is considered to be a offering to the goddess Anapurna (deity who offers food to all) in the Indian mythology. Indians prefer to offer their food first to god before serving to others.
Regional food consists from wide range of non vegetarian to vegetarian food. There are wide variety of food cuisines like Muglai, Gujarati, North Indian talli, South Indian talli etc. There are even sub categorizes of this cuisine example if we take South Indian talli, it mainly starts with Idli, Dosa, Appam to all varieties of rice items. More widely Indian food consists of masalas, spices and tangy taste. The main staple food of India is Wheat from which all types of rotis (Indian bread) are made, Lentils from which varieties of dals are prepared, rice, turmeric, red chilli etc.
Researchers have discovered that there are 381 cooking ingredients in the world out of which Indian food uses 200 ingredients. When these ingredients are cooked they show up the unique flavors of each ingredients. Mainly all Indian curries contain turmeric powder, red chilli powder, ginger n garlic paste, cumin seeds, mustard seeds which have anti bacterial property and builds the immune system.
This was all about main food, but there is no limit of sweets and side dishes. All major sweets are made from beasn (Gram flour), ghee (butter), milk and filled with all types of dry fruits. To write or discuss about Indian food or cuisine it will take pages to describe.
Just I can add a cherry on cake and say Bon appetit. Let it be any food of any part of the world you just need to have love towards food.
Dal tadka (lentils) is a simple Indian food which is served with Indian bread and rice.Dal tadka is prepared with basic spices, it is filled with tangy, salty and spicy flavor. It is one of the common and simple dish prepared daily in all homes.
- Dal ( lentils ) – 1/3 cup
- Onion – 1 full sliced
- Tomato- 1 full sliced
- Ginger and Garlic paste – 1 teaspoon
- Turmeric – 1/2 teaspoon
- Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
- Curry leaves – 3 to 4
- Garam masala – 1/2 teaspoon
- Ghee – 1 spoon
- Coriander to garnish.
- First soak the Dal for 1 to 2 hours, later put the Dal in pressure cooker for 15 minutes or boil the Dal for 30 minutes till it is overcooked and smashed thoroughly.
- Later in a pan add oil, when oil is bit hot add cumin seeds, curry leaves, ginger n garlic paste, onion, tomato, salt and fry them till they become soft.
- To this mixture add the smashed Dal ( lentils ), pinch of turmeric, red chilli powder, garam masala and bit of water.
- Allow the mixture to boil till it leaves the oil.
- Garnish with a pinch of ghee and fresh coriander.
- serves 4 people.
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