Indian food
Indian food

Indian cuisine enjoys its presence across most of the sampled countries, but it is especially popular in United Kingdom, South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Germany, France and US. Like with sushi and say, Italian food, you can expect to order this type of food in any city around the globe. Indian food tastes delicious because of the amazing spices that are used in the dishes. This has made Indian cuisine very popular. The demand for Indian spices around the world has for sure grown in the last few years. With this, this is a type of food eaten and enjoyed by more and more people, all the world over. The demand and growth has also grown off of the back of more people getting take away Indian food in the wake of the pandemic we have seen across the world in the last 2 years also.

Recipes and Restaurants

Many people are under the misconception that cooking Indian food is pretty time-consuming, expensive, confusing and stressful too. In reality, Indian meals are easy to cook and they are simple despite their complex appearance. There are a plethora of recipes available online, in libraries, in books and from family and friends. It is absolutely impossible not to locate a simple recipe. Simplicity is the striking feature of Indian cooking. A few dishes could be slightly complex but a wide majority of these dishes are not. In Indian food, the nutritional value is retained and simple spices enhance the taste. Best of all, there are also a number of dishes out there that are actually healthy too; not overloaded with cream and other fats. You can expect to see these dishes on most typical menus and most Indian restaurants out there.

The presence of the Indian community

Flavour, taste, and variety are some of the obvious reasons why Indian cuisine has become so popular. Another fact is the presence of Indian community abroad that has also, been a major reason behind the success and popularity of Indian food abroad. Indians are present in big numbers in Australia, UK, and the USA and the size of the community is growing bigger and bigger with each passing day. If there are Indians in a foreign land obviously, there would be demand for Indian food there. In the UK for example, in cities like London and Birmingham, you can expect to see good quality Indian restaurants all across these cities. You can also expect to see restaurants with chefs from all over India all with their own unique cooking experiences and expertise.

The role of expats on this type of cuisine

Indian expats have been responsible for popularising Indian cuisine in a big way. Indian expats are known to have played a key role in making Indian food famous. It is now famous in in Australia, UK, USA, Canada, North America and other countries in the world. These countries are having Indian specialty restaurants everywhere.

There is such a great variety of good foods you can try

Just like India, the food here is also diversified. The climate of India is so different in all four regions, that mother nature provides each region with its own specific ingredients and hence new cooking styles developed. Also with the arrival of foreign people hybrid cooking methods and dishes have also evolved. We also see that the different groups and cultures of India are bleeding into each other. This is with people showing curiosities about the living styles and cuisines of their neighbouring states. So the Indian cuisine is going to grow further with the coming time and in years to come too.

Indian food does also come with a number of medicinal properties

India has always been famous for ayurveda, which uses ingredients and methods of nature to treat illnesses and prevent them. Ayurveda believes that food is the biggest healer of the body, and if consumed in a wrong way, it will act as poison for the same. Therefore, the base of most Indian recipes are based on these lines, which is also a reason why certain types of spices or vegetables or sweeteners are used in Indian dishes. For example, ginger fixes sore throat and increases immunity, most traditional Indian dishes have jaggery instead of sugar which cools the body etc. Also Indian foods also serve as great comfort foods while also helping the body. Many dishes also come with the added benefit of also being high in fibre too. With all of this in mind, there is a degree of nutritional value.

Indian food really is unique as a type of cuisine for all to enjoy

This point is probably well established by now. Indian cuisine has the most unique flavour combinations that are not seen in many, if any, other cuisine in the world. Also Indian cuisine is extremely customisable. Since the dishes cater to people from all taste types. From extremely sweet, to extremely salty, spicy or sour. Indian cuisine has it all. The most unique characteristic though, for Indian food is that it is extremely hard to figure out, or pin point a certain trend or a specific taste of Indian food. It is impossible to describe it in a sentence, let alone a word. But if we had to use a word to describe it, it would be unique. No other type of cuisine comes with such variation as what you get from and with Indian food. No menu is ever the same also when you come to think about it also.

Cooking with a tandoori oven

Cooking Indian food at home doesn’t require any special equipment—a sauce pot and a sauté pan will do all the work just fine—but the key lies in a good larder. You can find just about any specialty ingredient (including achaars and even instant papadum) online. You can stock up on basic spices at an Indian grocer. There are no end of these in the UK as well as in cities all over the world. You can also source and buy this cooking equipment with ease online too.

Traditional clay ovens used to cook a variety of dishes in Northern India, like naan or marinated meats. Bold and robust, Indian flavours have inspired chefs around the world, like Alice Waters of Chez Panisse. Alice likes to use spice blends grouped by a particular country and cuisine because of the way they can marry dishes together. For example, the warm spices of Morocco – cumin, coriander, turmeric, and cayenne, are key to meat and vegetable braises and tagines, while she uses saffron from India in fish soups and rice.

Overall

Indian recipes are renowned the world over. This is for the simplistic cooking techniques which maintain the food’s nutritional value. They also enhance the taste by using various spices and mixes. Salads and pickles also originated from India, and they were served as appetisers. There are several reasons for the immense popularity of Indian food. It is a type of food very much loved now all over the world. Best of all, is it seems like to a type of food where there really is something new to try all the time. No menu is ever the same either. You can be sure of having something new to discover and try as well as experiment with.

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