There are a lot of stereotypes about Indian Food. However, some of them are true and some of them are not. Also many times, these are half-truths. Therefore, check out these facts about Indian Cuisine:
Facts About Indian Cuisine
1. A Mix Pot of Different Tastes
We have often heard that Indian food is spicy. Indian food is not suitable for most people as it is hot. However, that’s not the case. As said, most of the stereotypes are half-truths, this one is as well.
Indian Cuisine is a mixing pot of 6 different tastes. For instance, one can experience the following tastes:
- Sweet (Madhura)
- Salty (Lavana)
- Astringent (Kasya)
- Bitter (Tikta)
- Sour (Amala)
- Pungent (Katu)
2. Land of Spices
We all know that India is a land of spices. Indeed, it is true. Over 70 % of the spices in the world come from India. Also, in many ancient texts, India has been famously praised for the variety of spices that India offered and still offers.
3. Historical Staple Diet
The grains and legumes that Indian produce and consume have a long history to it. They are being cultivated for a long time and have been consistent. Common staple foods include wheat, rice, lentils and different forms of these. This is constant from about 6,000 B.C.E.
4. Categories of Food
As per the Ancient Indian school of Ayurveda, there are three categories of food. For example, there is Satvik, Tamasik and Rajasic food.
- Satvik Food- Natural and Minimally processed food. Have a calming effect on the mind and body.
- Tamasic Food- Overly processed, toxic food that is difficult to digest. Has a negative effect on mind and body.
- Rajasic Food- Oily, spicy, salty or bitter foods. Drives competition and ambition.
In addition, read Eating Habits recommended by Ayurveda
5. Veg or Non-Veg
A lot of people outside India think that people in India only eat vegetarian food. However, this is not true. For instance, only 29 % of Indians follow a vegetarian diet as per a survey conducted by the Government of India. Therefore, it is evident that most of the population does consume non-vegetarian food.
Indian have their own preferences when it comes to booze. Also, they are certainly not dependent on other countries for booze. For instance, Indians have their own creative ways of producing booze. With the available local resources, Indians have come up with a variety of alcoholic drinks. There are drinks life the Toddy, Kallu and many more northeastern local drinks.
7. Inclusion Of Other Imports as Staples
Some of the staples like potatoes, tomatoes, and chillies are not native to Indian. However, Indians have very openly included these in their diets and made these ingredients their own!
8. Indian Candies
Though we love Western varieties of Candies, Indians have their own version of it. The candy is locally known as Khanda.
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9. Love for Spice
As we know Indians love spicy food. Similarly, India is home to the Hottest Chilly in the World. This chilly is the bhut jolokia or the ghost pepper. In addition, it is 400 times spicier than the hot Tabasco sauce.
This chilly is grown in regions of Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, and Arunachal Pradesh. In 2007, it got the tag of the hottest chilly by Guinness World Records.
10. External Influences
Indians have readily even welcomed external cuisines in their routine cuisines. For example, samosa’s, jalebis and gulab jamun are all imports from other cultures.
Also, read 5 Michelin-Starred Indian Restaurants Which Are Not In India