- Posted February 7, 2013 by
Due to religious influence, Indian cuisine is mostly vegetarian, as some religion prohibits consumption of certain meats. Pure vegetarians who need their food fix can just go in an Indian restaurant and be served with richly-flavored vegetarian dishes like mushroom paneer or vegetable curry. For those who are non-vegetarians, meats like chicken, eggs, and fish are also available, cooked richly with yogurt and spices. Indian recipes are known for being simple to do, resulting it to be one of the most popular dishes with more Indian restaurants opening all over the world. All you need are just a few ingredients and some exciting spices and you’re ready to go.
The rich choices of Indian food are due to its history, as India is a country influenced by many other countries. Chili pepper, a most common spice was brought to India by the Portuguese. It was also the Portuguese who brought in potatoes, a staple of the North Indian diet.
Meats are still available in the Indian diet such as lamb, mutton, and chicken cooked in various ways like curry or mixed into rice, like biryani. Cottage cheese is incorporated into main dishes, such as palak paneer, which is a mixture of spinach and cottage cheese served with bread. A chicken dish called tikka masala is another popular dish, oftentimes joked to be the national dish of the United Kingdom (also a country that has greatly influenced India during the course of world history). Butter chicken, a popular dish that consist of chicken marinated overnight in yogurt and spice mixture before cooking, is very popular worldwide often served with steamed rice, naan, or roti.
Usually a table decoration, rose is used as an ingredient, with rose petals used as seasoning of most sweet dishes, desserts, and drinks. Drinks may be laced with rose syrup for an interesting twist. Modern restaurants serve rose-flavored sherbets, sodas, and ice creams, and a few more twist and turns to the cuisine for new and exciting flavors.
With immigration and globalization, Indian cuisine continues to evolve as more chefs or even cooking aficionados derive more recipes and use its colorful food history as an inspiration for new dishes to try. Mentioned above is how the dessert course gets modern upgrades, but even traditional main courses get inspiration and a bit of revamp for modern times. This is just the beginning of more interesting recipes to try and restaurants to visit in the near future.