Like all other facets of Indian culture, cooking too displays a range
and variety seen nowhere else in the world. Be it chicken or
lamb, fish or vegetables, hot and spicy ,or mild, you name it, it
has got it all.The tandoori preparations of Punjab, sweets of Gujarat and
Bengal, the hot pickles of Andhra Pradesh, the seafood of Goa and
Kerala , the vegetable preparations of Tamil Nadu and U.P
are all very unique. Even within a state one finds different styles . For
eg; the Muslim preparations of Kerala are so different from the rest of
the state and has a very wide range of mouth watering dishes too.
|Except Kerala,Andhra,Punjab,Bengal,Orissa and the North East regions, the rest of India is predominantly vegetarian. The influence of the other regions and the West is slowly changing this though. Similary , there is a distinct difference between the cooking of North and South India. Whereas the South Indian cooking is primarily rice based , the North Indian cooking is more wheat based. Whether North or South , Indian cooking involves extensive use of spices although one need to say that South Indian cooking is more spicier and hotter whereas North Indian cooking has a wider range|
|of cereals and vegetables. Spices like clove, garlic, chillies, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, black pepper, fennel, turmeric, ginger and nutmeg are very widely used. It is indeed worth mentioning that Columbus when he discovered the Americas, had set out to find the route to the spice country, India. In fact most of our foreign visitors including the Portugese, Dutch and the French had reached our shores as spice merchants and later stayed on to rule our country. The state of Kerala is known as the spice state, producing most of the spices mentioned above.|
| As the world
shrinks with the advancements in modern communication and transportation,
Indian food is fast establishing itself as part of the world
cuisine. Indian Curry and Tandoori
Chicken has become familiar terms outside India.
There are hundreds of Indian recipes. Please visit our links page to get links to some of the sites that provide Indian recipes. Try them, and I am sure that you will be licking your fingers soon.