An Introduction to Indian Cuisine

In Western nations, particularly Canada and USA, Indian dishes enjoy a great degree of popularity. The mouth-smacking taste and health benefits that Indian food items pack in can be justified by the different preparation techniques and spices used.

Encompassing a wide range of exotic ingredients, tongue-tingling flavors and unfamiliar dishes, Indian dishes can be surprising as well as exciting. It would be better to say that Indian cuisine is an entire realm of taste. By combining a plethora of techniques and spices, it gives a titillating and unique food experience. In general, about 20 to 30 different types of spices such as cumin, coriander, ginger and red chilli are used in countless number of ways for delivering all kinds of flavors, including spicy, sour, hot and sweet. The best thing about the spices is that each one of them have one or more health benefits, and also serves a specific taste to a dish. Many of the spices help in proper digestion of food, provide pain relief, have anti-inflammatory properties, reduce stress, alleviate gastrointestinal, burn off extra calories, eliminate problems such as diarrhea, constipation and colic, and also regulate blood pressure levels.

Many people who consume Indian food in Vancouver believe that most of the dishes are actually curries. This is because the term ‘curry’ has become a common preference to refer to any vegetable or meat dish with sauce. In actuality, however, curry can be of many different types — watery, red, dry, green, spicy or really hot. The thickness generally depends on the chef who is cooking the dish. Curries are generally served as the main dish along with Basmati rice, Roti or Naan and some other side dishes such as Dal.

For pure vegetarians, Indian cuisine has a lot of items in store like Daal Makhani, Vegetable Korma, Bangan Masala, Mix vegetables and so on. Deft utilization of sauces and spices breathe life into vegetables such as potatoes, peas, eggplant, cauliflower and the like. For instance, it can be hard to find anything that beats a hearty and healthy meal of Shahi Paneer and Basmati rice. Many Indian chefs proudly proclaim that it can make even the biggest non-veg food lovers forget about meat.

The uniqueness of Indian dishes not only comes from the use of several spices or cooking techniques, but also the way different ingredients are combined. In Western foods, ingredients which share identical flavors are amalgamated together. For example, beer is frequently mixed with roasted beef. On the other hand, Indian dishes may contain seven or more different ingredients, but none of them would share any identical characteristics. Each one will impart a unique flavor to the final preparation. Thus, Indian cuisine features a strong negative pairing of food.