Spices: There Origins & Varieties

In the Middle Ages, Europe was attracted to East which was very exotic and fascinating. One of the main reasons was due to spices. Due to rich spices available in India, there was a lot of competition between Dutch, English and French as each of them wanted to control trade and politics in India. It can be rightly concluded that spices were one of the reasons why Europeans migrated to India.

Spices like black pepper, cloves, cinnamon etc. are available at a cheap price now. But, in the past they were as expensive as silver and gold.

According to archeologists, it has been found that in primitive times humans used aromatic plants for flavoring. The primitive human used sweet-smelling spices for making food taste good. The primitive people offered different types of aromatic herbs to primitive gods and used spices for healing. And from there on, spices have become a very significant part of our life.

Spices are one of the early reasons why globalisation took place. Before the European voyages, the trade of spices was very prominent. In Europe, the demand for pepper was so great that it resulted in voyages of Vasco Da Gama and Christopher Columbus. This demand for aromatic food and flavours is still present today and is at the core of trade that is done today.

In this article, we have covered top 10 spices that add flavour to modern Indian and European food:-

  • Cumin

     

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    Cumin is mainly produced in India. It amounts to almost 70 percent of world’s production. Cumin is used very frequently in spice mixes and adds smoky flavour to Indian dishes. You can identify Cumin by its intense fragrance and distinct ridged brown seeds. Cumin can be confused with anise seeds, caraway and fennel but it differs from them in terms of colour and taste. Cumin is best used freshly ground.

  • Cardamom

     

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    Indian cooking uses 2 kinds of cardamom i.e. green and black. The green variety of cardamom is more commonly used. It is used in spice mixes, lassis and Indian desserts. It has sweet and light flavor with mild note of eucalyptus. Green cardamom can be used to prepare spice mixes like garam masala. You can also use cardamom seeds in sweets by crushing the seeds, thus providing fragrance.

  • Clove

     

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    Many Indian dishes use clove, which is a common spice used in Indian cooking. The flavor of the cloves comes from essential oils that they contain. Cloves are basically flowers and a lot of their oil is taken out before they are dried. Cloves can be used as a whole or can be blended into spice mixes.

  • Black Pepper

     

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    Black pepper is mainly found in India in Malabar region and Western Ghats. It is hard to grow this spice as it depends on natural cycles like rainfall. Like most spices, one needs to toast black pepper before blending.

  • Coriander

     

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    Coriander is one of the most popular spices of India. It is one of the oldest spices in the world. It is golden-yellow in colour and has gentle ridged texture. The seeds are aromatic and have citrus flavor.Many spices are prepared using whole coriander.

  • Mustard Seeds

     

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    Mustard seeds are brown, black or yellow in color. They are frequently used in Indian cooking. When mustard seeds are crushed or cooked in oil, the flavor of mustard gets released. It is a staple ingredient of many curries, curry powders and mustard oil. It is commonly available in North India.

  • Fenugreek

     

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    Fenugreek is a spice that lends a very earthy, musky curry fragrance. The seeds of fenugreek are yellow and look like wheat kernels. The leaves of Fenugreek are dried and can be used as spices. They are also known as kasuri methi. They give butter chicken its unique flavour.

  • Turmeric

     

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    Turmeric is one of the most common Indian spice. It is grown as a rhizome and can be used fresh or dried. It has been shown to have a lot of health benefits and is used with many curries and spice mixes.

  • Saffron

     

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    Saffron is one of the most expensive spices of the world. It is more valuable than gold because of the fact that it needs a lot of labor to produce. Saffron is actually the stigma of crocus flowers and is best picked by hands. The color of best saffron is dark red an originates from Kashmir, Spain, and Iran. Fresher saffron have deeper color. Saffron has unique flavor and fragrance.

  • Cassia Bark

     

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    Cassia bark is also known as Chinese cinnamon. It belongs to the family of cinnamon tree. Cinnamon differs from cassia and is also known as “true cinnamon”. Cassia is cheaper to produce when compared to other spices. The majority of ground cinnamon is prepared from cassia bark. Cassia has milder flavours as compared to cinnamon and can be used in large quantities.

Independence Day: 29 Recipes From Different States

On August 15, 1947, India became independent, thus ending a great struggle that kept on for years. Since then, 15th August is celebrated as Independence day to commemorate Indian freedom.

This is India’s 72nd Independence Day. Today, India has 29 states and 7 union territories, thus giving India a rich legacy and diverse background. In 1947, the concept of states was missing. India was only divided into princely states and provinces. In that era, the concept of ‘States’ or Union territories was missing. Each province had to sign a treatie with British, thus giving them the reign of the region. Since Independence, 29 states have been added to the Republic of India. Telangana is the latest state to join the list. Each state has diverse culture and distinct culinary heritage. The cuisines of India range from Lucknow’s Awadhi cuisine, vegetarian snacks that are popular in Gujarat, Tamil Nadu’s Chettinad cuisine and Assam’s fish curries. There are so many flavours that you can enjoy and recipes that you can celebrate.

This 15th August, we have collected a list of 29 special dishes that are specific to different states.

  1. Jammu & Kashmir: Gushtaba

     

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    Jammu and Kashmir, which is also known as the Queen of India is famous for its natural beauty. The state has been praised by many poets throughout the centuries. There is one dish that is favorite of all and that is Gushtaba. It is a traditional delicacy in the state of Kashmir. Gushtaba is basically a spicy curry of meatballs that is prepared in yogurt gravy. It is a part of main course. And shines in the Wazwan of Kashmir. Other popular dishes of Kashmir include Rista, Rogan Josh, Dum Aloo and Yakhni.

  2. Himachal Pradesh: Dhaam

     

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    Himachal’s food has some great culinary dishes that are worth your time. If you want to begin experiencing the Himachal’s cuisine then you must start with Dhaam, a traditional meal prepared for festivals and special occasions. Dhaam is prepared using dal, rajma, kadhi, rice and curd.

  3. Haryana: Kachri Ki Sabzi

     

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    When we talk about Haryana, we think about abundance of ghee, milk and dahi. We don’t know much about local recipes of Haryana. That is why it is worth mentioning the name of kachri ki subzi. Kachri, which is commonly available resembles a small brown-colored lemon. Potatoes and other vegetables are mixed with Kachri to make Kachri ki sabzi. An equally popular dish is Kachri ki chutney which is very popular and is taken along with bajre ki roti and chach.

  4. Uttarakhand: Kafuli

     

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    Uttarakhand, which is comparatively newer state of India was formed in November 2000 when it became the 27th state of Indian Republic. There are many dishes that have become popular overtime. These include dubuk, bhaang ki chutney, kumaoni raita and gulgula. But the dish that stands out is Kafuli. Kafuli is a vegetarian dish that is prepared with methi leaves, palak and is loved by locals and outsiders alike. The dish is very nutritious too.

  5. Uttar Pradesh: Makhan Malai

     

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    Uttar Pradesh is known for its Awadhi cuisine and is a paradise for foodies. Uttar Pradesh, which is India’s most populous state is famous for its kebabs, chaat pakodi and curries. But there is one dessert that you must try and that is Makhan Malai. If you try Makhan Malai, it can be a great experience. The dish is normally available in winter and is prepared with cream and milk.

  6. Karnataka: Bissi Bele Bath

     

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    This is a very popular dish of Karnataka. This classic dish is prepared by mixing vegetables, tur dal and rice. The ingredients are mixed together with spices. The dish is full of nutrients and flavors.

  7. Kerala: Appam

     

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    A soft and spongy pancake that is prepared with rice batter in a special round dish called appachatty. It is best served with Kerala stew which does not contain any chilli powder but contains green chilli and peppers in curry form.

  8. Tamil Nadu: Pongal

     

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    Pongal is a traditional dish of Tamil Nadu. A spice grown in Pongal festival, Pongal is very suitable for breakfast. Different varieties of this dish are enjoyed by the people of Tamil Nadu.

  9. Andhra Pradesh: Mamsam Curry

     

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    Mamsam curry, which is a meat gravy is cooked in spicy hot sauces and is served with rice often. The dish is very famous in Andhra Pradesh and is famous for its fiery hot taste.

  10. Telangana: Servapindi

     

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    Servapindi is a great breakfast dish. This pancake is prepared with peanuts, rice flour, chana dal and chilli. It is cooked in deep and round shaped pan. The next time you visit Telangana, you must try Servapindi.

  11. West Bengal: Kosha Mancho with Luchi

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    This classic Bengali dish is something that you won’t be able to stay away from. Luchis are basically bengali pooris that are prepared with white flour. Papaya is used as a tenderiser for mutton in Kosha Mangho. The taste of the dish is really great.

  12. Assam: Aloo Pitika

     

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    This Assamese dish is eaten with dal and rice. The dish is prepared with mashed potatoes, coriander, mustard oil, salt and onion. This is a delicious and simple dish that is liked by all in Assam.

  13. Arunachal Pradesh: Thukpa

     

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    Thukpa is a very popular dish of Arunachal Pradesh. Thukpa is a soup that is prepared with vegetables, meat and noodles.

  14. Tripura: Berma

     

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    A Tripuri meal is incomplete without Berma. Berma(Puti) is actually a dried and fermented dish. Although the flavor of the dish is not good, once it is cooked, you are really going to like it.

  15. Nagaland: Smoked Pork with Axone

     

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    Axone, which is also known as ‘akhuni’ is used by all the residents of Nagaland. These fermented soyabeans are in the form of powder or cake. Axone, when combined with smoked pork serves as a favorite of people of Nagaland. It is loved by everyone.

  16. Mizoram: Bai soup

     

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    Every Mizo People like and enjoy this dish, This Mizo Bai soup is a stew kind of dish made with Green leaves, assorted veggies, bamboo shoots and local herbs. Vegetarian and Non-vegetaraian, both can enjoy Mizo Bai soup.

  17. Manipur: Kangshoi

     

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    Kangshoi is a orgnic, simple and very healthy vegetable stew dish of Manipur. This dish made with green vegetables ,fish sauce, salt, ginger and garlic. This yummy dish served hot with white rice and Smoked fish.

  18. Jharkhand: Dhuska

     

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    Dhuska is a traditional dish of Jharkhand, known as fried rice bread. It is a festival recipe which is very easy to make. This dish is good for snacks and breakfast. Traditionaly it is made from the batter of boiled rice and chana dal, but if you want you can add some veggies too. Dhuska served along with spicy green chilli sauce.

  19. Bihar: Khajuria

     

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    Khajuria, which is also known as Thekua, is a type of dry sweet. This is a perfect indian cookies which is made as prasad during Chhat puja. It has a long self life without use of any preservation.

  20. Rajasthan: Pyaaz Kachori

     

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    Crispy, Flaky deep-fried kachories stuffed with onion filling are so delightful.Pyaaz Kachori is a kind of Rajasthani snack which is famous in Rajasthan as well as Delhi and UP. These Kachories served with spicy Dhaniya Pudina chatney. Pyaaz kachories are the perfect snack for mansoon season.

  21. Gujarat: Dhokla and Khandvi

     

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    These are amazing dishes that are available throughout the year. These dishes are famous throughout Gujarat. You must try Dhokla with tamarind chutney. It is best consumed with toppings of chillies and fresh coriander. Khandvi is best served with ‘rai’ and ‘kadi patta’ on top.

  22. Maharashtra: Vada Pav

     

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    This is an authentic and famous dish of Maharashtra. It is filled with aloo tikki and masala and is also known as Batata Vada. It is a very filling street food.

  23. Goa: Bebinca

     

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    Bebinca, which is also known as Bibik is a pudding having seven layers. It is prepared from sugar, egg, ghee, yogurt and coconut milk. This is a native dish of Goa and is specially prepared on Christmas.

  24. Madhya Pradesh: Dal Bafla and Bhutte ka Kees

     

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    Dal Bafla is a dish similar to Dal baati. The dish is cooked in boiling water and then it is dipped and baked in clarified butter. Bhutte ka kheez is cooked in skimmed milk and has a sweet taste. The best Bhutte ka kheez is found in Indore.

  25. Orissa: Dalma

     

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    Dal is a food that you can’t live without!!! If you really can’t live without dal, then you must try Dalma. This Dal comes with a twist. It is prepared with regular spices, moong dal, vegetables and does not contain garlic or onion.

  26. Chattisgarh: Muthiya

     

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    Muthiya is a dumpling from Chattisgarh that is used primarily for breakfast. This famous dish is prepared with rice batter, spices and steam.

  27. Meghalaya: Jadoh

     

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    Jadoh is a red rice that is cooked with pork meat, chicken and fish. It is a popular dish of Khasi community.

  28. Sikkim: Momo

     

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    Momos are everyone’s favorite. It is the best snack to have when you are on an evening outing. This variation of Momo is very popular and delicious. It has stuffings of vegetables, minced meat and cheese.

  29. Punjab: Amritsari Kulcha

     

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    Amritsari Kulcha is famous for its preparation. It is prepared with flour dough and has many layers. It is filled with potato and is served with white butter.

Top 10 Restaurants of Agra

The first thing that comes into your mind about Agra is Taj Mahal. Tourists keep flocking to Agra to witness the biggest tourist attraction in the form of Taj Mahal. Agra is also hub of a lot of local eating points for foodies. In this blog post, we have collected a list of top Agra’s restaurants that you must visit. Also find the recipes of favourite dishes.

Dasaprakash

The literal meaning of the name of this restaurant is “Light emitted by the servant of God”. The owner of this restaurant has dedicated the restaurant to his father. The restaurant mainly serves South Indian food and is clean and hygienic. Dasaprakash is known for its amazing thali that serves great dishes. The restaurant is very popular in Agra and around the city.

Pinch of Spice

This is not located inside a five star hotel but is home to some great dishes. The North Indian dishes served here are amazing and are loved by the locals here. Some dishes that are must have include murg boti masala, chicken tikka in a rich and spicy gravy, and paneer lababdar which is a fresh diced cheese in spicy sauce and onion. These are all authentic dishes and there is good ambience and service with great dining experience.

Jahanpanah

Jahanpanah restaurant serves one of the best Awadhi cuisines. If you are a lover of non-veg food, you must visit this restaurant. Some of their signature dishes include galawat kababs, kakori and lucknawi biryani. Their food is unique and the ingredients used are from Lucknow. The chefs work on Awadhi cuisine. They have mastered dum style cooking on slow fire.

Lakshmi Vilas

If you want to experience South Indian food at reasonable price, then Lakshmi Vilas is a perfect restaurant. The restaurant is a favourite among Agra food lovers. The interior decoration of the restaurant is very simple and the ambience is also good. Their thali is a must have for lunch and dinner. Try these South Indian recipes: Dosa, Idli, Sambhar.

Chapter 1 Café

This is one of the funkiest places to eat in Agra. This café serves many cuisines and caters to the young crowd of Agra. It has trendy decoration and ambience. Come with your friends to enjoy a variety of cuisines.

Bon Barbecue

For those who enjoy barbecued food, Bon Barbecue is a great place to be. It is perfect for vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians. The food here is perfect and ranges from mutton, mushrooms, prawns etc. Unlimited amounts of kebabs are available here for limited price. Some favourite dishes include Moong Dal Halwa and Lemon Fish in White Sauce.

Chokho Jeeman

If you really like the vegetarian food, then Choko Jeeman is a great place to be. The food here is delicious and amazing and the ambience makes it a perfect place to be.

Peshawri

This restaurant offers the best of fine dining. The Dal Makhani, which is also known as Bukhara is a special dish and a must have.

Jhankar

If you want to enjoy Indian cuisine with live entertainment, then Jhankar is the place to be. The restaurant conducts live music gigs and dances each night and attracts a lot of crowd. It serves Indian dishes with a variation of Aloo Dum Chutney wale. If you want to try non-veg, then you must go for Magazi Murgh Korma.

Thaaliwala

This restaurant serves great thali. It is located next to ITC hotel. If you are vegetarian, then you must visit this restaurant. The food here is awesome.

Top 8 Restaurants Of Delhi

One of the most favourite place for food lovers is Delhi. It has many cuisines with delicious dishes and unique tastes. The city has been known for its food for centuries. This city has preserved age-old secrets of cooking and has a lot of unique dishes. It has always attracted food lovers from around the world. Delhi is well known for its amazing vegetarian and non-vegetarian food corners. In this blog post, we bring to you top 8 eating points of Delhi that must be tried by everyone.

  • Kake Di Hatti

     

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    These delicious dishes from Old Delhi are loved by foodies. Kake Di Hatti is known for its traditional Punjabi food, Kulfis and Faloodas. Here you will find a variety of Parathas, Chole Bhature and Kulchas. Old Delhi is perfect for food lovers. Kake Di Hatti is a perfect paradise for such food. It is located near Gali Batashan of Fatehpuri Chowk. The place’s traditional North Indian food is very pocket friendly. You must try their stuffed Naan and Dal Makhani.

  • Veg Gulati

     

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    This is a famous branch of Gulati restaurants chain. It is a delight for every vegetarian. Gulati Restaurant is one of the oldest and trusted name of the city. The North Indian cuisine of Veg Gulati is well known. The restaurant, which is located at Pandara Road Market is known for its ambience and services. Some of the dishes that you must try include Dal Makhani and Amritsari Parantha.

  • Govinda

     

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    Govinda is located inside Iskcon temple of Delhi. It is a very famous place for vegetarians. Their buffet system is unique and the food is offered as Prasad of Lord Krishna. The place is known for North Indian as well as Chinese food, lassis and shakes. Govinda is known for its delicious food.

  • Keventers

     

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    Keventers is famous for its delicious snacks and thick shakes. It is It is located in the inner circle near Wenger’s at CP. Some shakes that you must try include strawberry, coffee and chocolate.

  • Chache Di Hatti

     

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    This is one of the most famous food joints of North Campus, Delhi University. Chache Di Hatti is known for its delicious and satiating Chhole Bhatures. This eatery is located in Kamla Nagar. This place is usually crowded and they usually close it before 2-3 pm.

  • Indus Flavor

     

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    This vegetarian joint is located in Kingsway Camp, Hudson lane. It is inspired by the food of Indus Valley Civilisation. Their North Indian and Chinese food is well known. It is a real treat for food lovers. Its must have dishes include Gilafi kebab, Dahi ke Sholay, Islamabadi Paneer and Dal Indus.

  • Rajdhani

     

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    Rajdhani is located in DLF Mall, Saket. It is famous for its Gujarati/Rajasthani dishes. Rajdhani is a great restaurant for dining. It is known for its famous Rajasthani Thali.

  • Sattvik

     

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    Sattvik is a famous restaurant for vegetarians. It is located in DLF mall, Saket and is famous for its North Indian food. You must try their Til Waale Tandoori Aloo.

Indian Cuisine: It’s History and Evolution

In the 5000 years of Indian history, India has welcomed many settlers from around the world. Indian cuisine has evolved into different forms due to its homogeneous nature. India’s food has been divided according to different religions and regions. Different areas and regions in India have their own cooking recipes, spices and ingredients. With a population of over one billion, the food in India is as diverse as its people.

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Indian cooking has been mostly influenced by Hindu and Muslim style of cooking. Each of the settlers who migrated to India have given their own culinary methods to India. In India, two cultures of cooking are practised i.e. Hindu for vegetarian food and Muslim for cooking of meats. Mughlai food, Kormas(curry), nargis kaftas(meatballs), rogan josh and biryani are some of the favourite dishes that are prepared in a clay over tandoor. If we talk about South India, the cuisine is mostly prepared with rice and a thin soup called Rasam is added to it. Most South Indian recipes have coconut as their main ingredient. Some favourite Hindu dishes of South India include Idli(steamed rice cakes), Dosa(rice pancakes) and fermented rice.

The Indian cooking is largely influenced by Persians, Portuguese and Britishers. For example, the Britishers brought tea/chai into India. Most Indians love Chai.

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Indian cooking has four main regional styles i.e. East, West, North and South. North India was largely influenced by Moghuls. They ruled India for about three centuries and then were replaced by Britishers in 1800s. The Mughals gave us Saffron and rich gravies prepared from cream and pureed nuts. The Naan, which is a tandoori dish is not of the Indian origin. It came from Afghanistan where it is a staple food. Although, most of the people think that Naan is an Indian dish.

The South Indian food is totally opposite to that of North India. Their unique rice crepes and steamed rice cakes are a favourite among South Indians. Rice can be had in any meal and lunch usually has three dishes which can be served with rice.

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Hindus are divided into two categories i.e. meat eating and non-meat eating. In the West, states like Gujarat, Goa and Maharashtra have their unique food. In Gujarat, most of the population consists of Parsis, Hindu, Muslims and Jains. Each of them have their own style of cooking. The Parsis have very rich non-vegetarian diet that contains seafood and chicken while Jains are vegetarian. Most people in Gujarat are vegetarians and it’s vegetarian food is very famous.

The sea-food of Mumbai, Maharashtra is very famous. Most of the hotels and restaurants in coastal areas of Maharashtra serve seafood with a little of red chillies and coconut. Eastern states like, Bihar, Orissa, West Bengal and Jharkhand are very different from each other. Bengali cuisine is very delicate and contains fish and rice as its staple food. The Bengali cuisine is famous for a variety of dishes including mixed veg and milk based sweets.

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Orissa is famous for its squash blossoms which are dipped in paste prepared with rice, deep fried/turned to patties. Some other prominent foods of Orissa include seafood and fish. Bihar and Jharkhand are known for beans and vegetables. But they have Western influence with chicken, beef, goat and pork in their diet.

The Indian cuisine is largely influenced by Indian history. Each historical region have its own unique dishes with many ingredients. But there is a common thing about every region: a fondness for spicy snacks and sweet desserts. Besides being influenced by history, Indian cuisine is also influenced by religion, culture and traditions of India.

There is no other country which offers such a wide variety of exotic dishes with such a large variety of tastes for taste-buds.

Ice-Cream Recipes That You Can Make At Home

Ice cream is something that you can never grow old eating. It is absolutely OK that you still love your childhood cravings. Whenever you dig into sweet, sugary and refreshing ice cream, it brings back memories of summer. This summer, indulge in this delightful pleasure and find out yourself.

The history of Ice Cream is debatable. Maybe Italy, where Gelato is famous. America, where Ice-Cream is famous and India, where Kulfi is famous. According to legend, ice-cream was introduced in Italy by Marco Polo. Many passages from Bible have their origin in iced drinks that King Solomon enjoyed. In ancient Greece, Alexander used to love frozen drinks that were flavoured with honey and wine. The Romans started preparing ice-cream when ice was stacked and collected in ‘ice houses’.

It was only in 17th century that there was a change in how desserts are eaten and served. That is exactly when sorbets were invented. It is only during this time that frozen desserts came to be known. The ice-cream in its present form is said to be a Chinese invention. This ice-cream was prepared with buffalo or cow milk and camphor was added to it for flavour.

There’s flavour around the world that can suit any taste bud. When we were kids, we used to jump with joy whenever we saw an ice cream vendor. But if you could make that ice cream at home, we are sure that you would love it.

  • Chocolate Ice Cream

     

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    This is one flavour that is loved by all. You won’t believe how easy it is to prepare.

  • Masala Chai Ice Cream

     

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    This season, try this fusion ice cream. Try this delicious ice-cream that is filled with plain flavor of masala tea.

  • Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream

     

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    This is a dairy free version of chocolate ice cream. The recipe uses banana and almonds to give you creamy texture.

  • Mango Ice Cream

     

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    This delicious ice-cream is prepared with yummy mango pulp and milk. It is a delightful seasonal recipe. It is prepared with cream and fresh mangoes.

  • Strawberry Ice Cream

     

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    Strawberry ice cream is perfect for summer. It is particularly good for summers. This is one of the best homemade strawberry ice cream.

  • Vanilla Ice Cream

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    This vanilla ice cream will surely make you very nostalgic. You can add toppings of your choice and create a great dessert.

  • Apricot Ice Cream

     

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    These creamy scoops of apricot ice cream are very delicious. You can sprinkle pralines on top to enjoy the delicious taste.

Mother’s Day & It’s Special Dishes

Mother’s Day is a day when you bring flowers, gifts and thanking mom for doing what she has done throughout all these years. But there was a time when it was a way for women to pursue peace and mourn fallen soldiers.

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The Mother’s Day that is celebrated in modern times is not something that is something new. These kind of celebrations go back to the ancient times of Romans and Greeks. During that time, the festivals were celebrated in honour of goddesses Cybele and Rhea. But, it is also true that these old celebrations have nothing to do with modern day’s Mother’s Day.

The origin of this day dates back to Civil War when a woman named Ann Reeves Jarvis started a club for mothers in West Virginia. The goal of this club was to lower infant mortality rate by teaching local women to take care of children, fight disease and improve sanitary conditions. By the end of Civil War, the organisation was transformed into a peace-focused movement called “Mother’s Friendship Day”, which involved bringing together Union and Confederate soldiers. Around the same time, women around the country organised their own Mother’s Day. In the 18 70’s, Juliet Calhoun Blakely, a temperance activist from Michigan started a local Mother’s Day celebration.

It was only during early 1900s that Mother’s Day was recognised nationally. Ann Reeves Jarvis daughter, Anna Jarvis wanted a holiday that honours her mother who died in 1905. In 1908, Jarvis had a financial backing for Mother’s Day celebration at a church of West Virginia. In 1912 she quit her job and found Mother’s Day International Association. Several towns and churches adopted Mother’s day as annual holiday and in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson declared it as official holiday. Since, then it has evolved into its present form of celebrations. In this blog post, we have collected a list of recipes for mother’s day:-

  • Ham And Cheese Pinwheels

     

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    This appetiser is very easy to prepare and is a crowd pleaser. I would always prefer this flaky, buttery crescent roll in place of sandwich bread.

  • Herbed Quiche With Blue Cheese

     

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    The quiche has a perfect balance of fresh herbs, cream and blue cheese. It is baked in a pastry shell. It is very delicious. It can be had alone or combined with salad and a glass of white wine.

  • Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake

     

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    This is a rich and indulgent cake that is perfect for a special occasion like Mother’s Day. The combination of strawberries, vanilla and cream is awesome.

  • Cannoli Cheesecake

     

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    This Cannoli Cheesecake is studded with mini chocolate chips. It is topped with waffle cones and is perfect for Mother’s Day.

  • Ham and Cheese Croissant Sandwich

     

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    Croissants can be used in place of cubed white bread in this traditional breakfast casserole. This dish goes well with soups, stews, brunch or breakfast.

  • Blueberry Cheesecake Bread Pudding

     

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    Try this combination of bread pudding and cheesecake. This is a light and delicious dessert that is easy to prepare.

Indian Spices & Their Recipes

Since early times, spices have been closely linked to magic, preservation, cultural traditions, medicine and embalming. During India’s external trade with Mesopotamia, Sumeria, China, Arabia and Egypt, spices were an important component along with textiles and perfumes. This was way back 7000 years ago. This was way before Romans and Greeks.

The clove was first mentioned in the Ramayana and some writings dating back to Roman Empire in 1st century AD.

There are a variety of spices that are found throughout India. As India has a lot of climatic regions, it produces a lot of spices. Many of these spices originated in the subcontinent itself and others have been imported and since then have been locally cultivated for ages. There have been many journeys done to Indian subcontinent in search of rich spices. It is believed that King Solomon sent his men to look for Indian spices.

Almost 2.5 million tonnes of spices are produced in Indian continent every year. Almost 200,000 tonnes of spices are exported from the continent every year. Out of about 500,000 tonnes of import that is done throughout the world, India share is 44 %.

Indian spices are well known for their preservative, medicinal and seasoning effects. Besides adding color, smell and taste, Indian spices take care of your health.

In this article, we have collected a list of Indian spices and their delicious recipes:-

  • Cardamom

     

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    In Indian cooking, two kinds of cardamom are there: green and black. Green cardamom is commonly found kind of spice. It is used in many things including spices, desserts and lassis. The flavor of cardamom is sweet and light. It has scent of eucalyptus. When you prepare spices like garam masala, you can make use of whole green cardamom. But if you are preparing sweets or desserts, you should open the pod and crush the black seeds inside it.

    Black cardamom is very smoky and powerful. Caution should be guarded when using it.

  • Clove

     

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    Clove is commonly used spice of Indian cooking. Its fragrance is present in many Indian dishes. Clove consist of essential oils which give it a strong, medicinal flavor. Cloves are basically flowers. A lot of their oils is extracted before drying and cooking. Cloves can be used as a whole or mixed with spices.

  • Cassia

     

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    Cassia bark is also known as Chinese cinnamon. It comes under the genus of cinnamon tree. Cinnamon differs from cassia and is also known as “true cinnamon.” The production of cassia is cheaper and a large portion of ground cinnamon is prepared from cassia bark. People prefer using cassia instead of cinnamon as it is mild in flavor.

  • Black Pepper

     

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    Black pepper is a spice that is commonly found in India, specially in Malabar region and Western Ghats. This spice is very hard to grow. It takes many natural cycles like a good rainfall, that is why prices for fresh pepper keep on changing. Black pepper requires toasting before blending.

  • Cumin

     

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    Cumin is used to make Indian dishes spicy and smoky. Its brown seeds have intense fragrance. It should not be confused with anise, caraway and fennel. You can differentiate it with its taste and colour.

  • Coriander

     

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    One of the most popular spices is Coriander. Coriander is one of the oldest spices of the world. It can be identified by its golden yellow color and gentle ridged texture. The seeds of coriander have very nice fragrance with a touch of citrus. Many spice mixes use ground coriander.

  • Nutmeg and Mace

     

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    Nutmeg and mace are a favourite Indian spice and much used in Indian cooking. Nutmeg is covered with mace, which is dark-red in colour. Fresh nutmeg can be processed if you remove the pulpy outside and sliding the mace.

  • Mustard Seeds

     

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    Mustard seeds, which are brown, black or yellow can be interchangeably used in Indian cooking. Mustard seeds are flavorful and are cooked and crushed. They have nutty and smoky flavor. The oil of mustard is commonly used in Northern parts of India.

    Some traditional Indian dishes include: Masala Dosa, Rogan Josh, Hyderabadi Biryani, Vada Pav, Dhokla

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Delicious Rice Recipes For All Occasions

One of the best ingredients in Indian food is rice. It is used around the world as a dessert or a main dish. More than 40,000 kinds of rice are there with different colors, sizes and shapes. There are many cultures where rice is considered sacred symbol of fertility and life. Rice is considered to be a very important crop in India. It covers one-fourth of total cropped area. It is a source of food for nearly half of Indian population.

Rice is usually classified as long-grained, medium and short. To get rid of excess starch, rice should be rinsed thoroughly. If you want to save time, you can soak it before cooking.

Some popular rice varieties are basmati, jasmine, wholegrain and generic long-grain.

Jasmine, which is also called Thai rice is sticky in texture and has nice fragrance. One of the good quality Jasmine is Carolina Jasmine. Basmati, which is also called “Prince of Rice”, is very fragrant, slender and long. Some good varieties of basmati are brown and white. Another popular brand of basmati is Amira. Japonica is mainly found in California. It is used in a lot of Carribean and Japanese cuisine.

Culturally, rice is very important around the world. In many cultures of the world, rice is showered on bride and groom at the wedding’s end. Some cultures worship rice in the form of deities.

In this article, we have collected a list of traditional Indian Rice dishes that will make you drooling.

  • Handi Biryani

     

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    This slow cooked rice is prepared with layers of vegetables, masalas and chicken. This dish will surely win hearts.

  • Mutton Biryani

     

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    This is a delicious rice dish prepared with pieces of mutton. The rice is cooked dum style.

  • Mushroom Risotto

     

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    This Italian-style risotto is cooked very slowly. It goes well with grilled meats and chicken. You should check the rice by biting it. At the centre, it should not be very hard.

  • Tamarind Rice

     

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    This tangy rice dish is prepared with urad dals and channa. Flavours of tamarind pulp are added to the rice to give it delicious flavour.

  • Bisi Bele Bhath

     

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    Bisi Bele Bhath is a popular rice dish of Karnataka. It is also known as ‘Bisi Bele Huliyanna’ in Kannada. It is prepared with arhar dal, rice, jaggery, tamarind, curry leaves, veggies and spices.

  • Mutton Yakhni Pulao

     

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    This Yakhni pulao is very easy to prepare. It is highly fragrant and flavourful. Meat is marinated for a long time in yogurt and it is boiled in water with lot of spices.

  • Zafrani Pulao

     

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    Zafrani pulao is a dish with nice fragrance and amazing flavours of saffron that results in a mouth-watering rice dish.

  • Tomato Rice

     

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    This is a very easy recipe of tomato rice. It is simple, spicy, quick and delicious and is prepared with limited ingredients. It can be prepared in pressure cooker/pot.

  • Chicken Dum Biryani

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    This is a delicious chicken biryani. It is prepared so perfectly that you will surely try it multiple times.

  • Hyderabadi Biryani

     

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    Hyderabadi Biryani is a famous rice recipe. It is always a hit in parties. Half boiled rice is topped with mint, fried onions and cooked mutton. It is sealed with dough and cooked ‘dum’ style.

Refreshing Drinks For Indian Summers

Summer is the hottest season of the year. From March to June, it is the hottest season due to scorching heat. During this time, the summer is spread throughout India with heat wave in the air. Hot winds and bright sun are something that everyone wants to escape from.

People try to chill and relax throughout the summer season. In this article, we will share with you top Indian beverages that will be refreshing for summers.

  • Nimbu Pani

     

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    This is a popular drink of India. In North India and Pakistan, it is known as Shikanji. Shikanji/Lemonade is made with Lemon Juice with a combination of ginger juice, ice and water. It also contains ingredients like roasted cumin powder, mint juice and black salt.

  • Jaljeera

     

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    This is a spicy Indian drink that is used as an appetiser or a drink. It is very famous drink of North India.

  • Chaas

     

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    The drink is prepared with yogurt. It is very popular throughout India. It can be flavoured with ginger, mint, curry leaves and cumin powder. Another variation of the drink is mint chaas.

  • Pina Colada

     

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    This is a very popular western drink. This creamy and tropical drink is great for Caribbean and Hawaiian parties.

  • Cold Coffee

     

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    Cold Coffee is a great beverage for hot summers. This is a sweet, chocolatey and refreshing drink.

  • Thandai

     

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    The meaning of the word “thandai” is “thanda”, which means “cool”. It is a traditional drink that is prepared in North India and is very popular. It is prepared by mixing spices, dry-fruits and seeds.

  • Mango Lassi

     

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    This is a very popular drink that is prepared with mango. The mango that is added should have smooth pulp rather than fibrous.

  • Falooda

     

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    This a popular beverage for summer. It is prepared with rose syrup, milk, falooda, sabja seeds, ice cream and dry fruits. Some other types of falooda include kulfi falooda, mango falooda, strawberry falooda and kesar pista falooda.

  • Mango Mastani

     

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    This is a thick mango milk shake with ice cream on the top. Some other mango recipes include mango mousse, mango cheesecake, mango muffins, mango panna cota, mango kulfi and mango ice cream.

  • Pomegranate Juice

     

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    Pomegranate juice is a very healthy juice. It is easy to prepare and is refreshing during summers.

  • Piyush

     

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    This smooth and creamy beverage is very popular in Gujarat and Maharashtra. It is similar to lassi but is creamier, thicker and sweeter.

  • Nannari

     

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    This is a very cooling drink. It is an excellent summer drink. The drink also helps in purification of blood and improves digestion.