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India has a myriad combination of people
Food habits vary
from one region to the other spices differ, the way of cooking changes
as you travel from one state to the other. Indian food has evolved
over centuries and has flourished under the many rulers that India
had. Chefs vied with one another to create exotic delicacies for
their rajah's. The result is centuries of patronage to the art of
cooking and a large repertoire of delicious recipes. We want to
share the history and nuances of Indian cuisine so the world may
be more intimate with our cuisine.
We have tried to capture several sumptuous recipes illustrating
the multifarious culinary heritage of a vast land called India.
A stylish collection of stunning recipes from the most popular areas
of India: the Punjab, Kerala, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal,
and Goa. Delight in the rich flavours of such tantalising dishes
as Dosas (crispy rice pancakes), several dishes of milk and yoghurt,
Paneer chat (a spicy fresh cheese snack with a mixture of tomatoes,
onions and chillies as the topping), several festival dishes and
recipes, flavoured and garnished. We have tried to capture the handed-down
secrets of the regions' experts or the ordinary villager's humble,
but equally delicious, repertoire of home-cooked dishes. With Discovery
of India as our guide, let us we discover the history and culture
unique to each region in these beautifully illustrated pages, and
savour the aromas and subtle spice blends of this huge subcontinent
in the cool comfort of our own home.
Indian Cuisine is becoming popular due to its exotic flavors and
healthful preparations. The repertoire of Indian Cuisine is vast.
Indian cuisine is gaining popularity around globe. It is easy to
prepare, tasty and it's mainstay is grains which is what people
want today. They want meals that are high in carbohydrates, have
ample amounts of a variety of vegetables and contain complete proteins
and sparse amounts of Indian food provides this and more - it also
has the health promoting properties of various herbs, ginger and
spices. Yogurt, an accompaniment to Indian meals introduces good
flora (acidophilus) into the digestive system. Most of our menus
are vegetarian, which tend to be more alkaline than non-vegetarian
menus. Fresh fruit follows Indian meals, which also contributes
to an alkaline balance.
Indian cuisine saves time. Many items can be cooked in crockpots,
in a pressure cooker or in electric pans. Beans can be soaked overnight.
The whole wheat dough for chappatis and rotis can be made ahead
of time and kept in the refrigerator. Full menus can be prepared
within half an hour. Indian Cuisine is also very easy to prepare
and we have included many easy recipes of healthy and delicious
Spices are an integral part of Indian food. This does not mean
that Indian dishes are always hot. It does mean that they are well
seasoned and aromatic. There are some hot dishes especially in the
South of India, but, overall the dishes of India are skillfully
prepared with the cook having a mastery over the properties of spices
and how they are blended. The cook will use cooling spices as well
as warming spices, bland spices as well as pungent spices, sweet
spices as well as hot spices. The cook will also use spices for
color and healthful properties. Most cooks in India also know how
to use spices seasonally. In everyday cooking in India spices are
used very sparingly or the dishes are seasoned with very few spices
and are supplemented with fresh herbal seasonings.