A Paradise for Vegitarians
- A combination of Indian herbs & spices are used in most dishes
- Indian Cuisine varies from region to region
- Rice and Roti (a special type of whole wheat flour) are staple diet of India
- Special Feasts are prepared during festival time.
Indian cuisine is well known for its Rice & Roti, as they are served with almost every meal.
Roti (Indian bread made of a special type whole wheat flour) is also a staple element to the Indian diet. While rice is more readily consumed in the North, wheat (namely roti) is the starch of choice in the South. Roti, which is unleavened bread made with fine whole wheat flour and cooked on a hotplate (or tawa). Delicious naan bread is also a firm favorite to be eaten with most curries.
The various regions comprising India offer differing cuisine. For example; along the coast, you can enjoy a diverse range of freshly caught seafood and coconuts; the desert cuisines of Rajasthan and Gujarat make great use of preserves (dals and achars) to substitute for the relative lack of fresh vegetables; in the region of Tamil, the use of tamarind is to impart sourness; in Andhra, be prepared for hot cuisine, as the locals enjoy their chillies!
India probably has more vegetarians than the rest of the world combined. But goat, lamb and chicken are often enjoyed in Indian cuisine. Religious taboos make beef forbidden to Hindus and pork to Muslims.
Indians love sweet things. There is a mind boggling array of sweets available across the country, one of the favorites being rice pudding!
In Indian cuisine, food is categorized into six tastes - sweet, sour, salty, spicy, bitter and astringent. A well-balanced Indian meal contains all six tastes.
There are a multitude of restaurants to choose from at which to sample Indian cuisine - from gourmet to simple ‘fast food',. Besides main dishes, various snacks are widely popular in Indian cuisne, such as samosa, aloo tikka, pooris, kachoris and kababs wrapped in roti, which are readily available at all food joints. samosas of all shapes and sizes as well as aloo tikka, bhajia, pooris and kachoris. In the north enjoy kebabs wrapped in warm bread.
Several customs are associated with the way in which food is consumed. Traditionally, in the home, meals are eaten while sitting on the floor or on very low stools, eating with the fingers of the right hand. Ensure you wash your hands before the main meal. Wait to be served food or until you are invited to help yourself. Its customary to use your right hand for eating and other social acts such as shaking hands, the left is used for unsavory actions such as toilet duties and removing dirty shoes.