Amazing Indian Food Facts

Food is one of the most important thing in life (at least in my life). We can discuss about food for hours and hours. India is a country rich in food. There are a lot of interesting things about Indian food that can be explored.

In this article we will explore the history of Indian food & dishes. There are some unknown facts about Indian food that you will surely find awesome.

  • India Is A Land Of Spices
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India is a country with a large variety of spices. No other country produces so many types of spices. When we talk about production of spices, India is at the top.

  • Saffron Came To India due To Greek, Roman & Arabs

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Saffron was introduced to India by Greek, Roman and Arab traders. These traders introduced a lot of foreign flavors in Indian cuisine.

Try the Indian Saffron Rice recipe>>>Saffron Rice

  • Potatoes, Chilly & Tomato was brought by Portuguese
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The most common ingredients of Indian Food like potato, chilly and tomato were brought to India by Portuguese.

Try the recipe of Garlicky Chilly Potato>>>Garlicky Chilli Potatoes

  • Earlier Indians Used Fruits For Sweetening The Food

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Before Portuguese came, Indians used to make use of Honey, Sweet fruits for adding sweet flavor to dishes. When Portuguese hit the Indian shores, they taught many things including refining of sugar from sugarcane.

  • Chicken Tikka Masala Invented In Glasgow, Scotland
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Chicken Tikka Masala, which is a favorite Indian dish originated in Glasgow, Scotland.

Try the recipe of Chicken Tikka Masala>>>Chicken Tikka Masala

  • In 1960 First Indian Restaurant Opened In USA
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Indian dishes are very popular throughout the world. The first Indian restaurant was opened in USA in 1960 and within five decades the number of Indian Restaurants in USA has reached 80,000. This shows their affinity for Indian food.

  • Only Few Types Of Food Known In Earlier Times

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In Ancient India, only a limited type of food was consumed. After many years Indian developed different kinds of dishes and ways of eating. Now, the world wants to explore Indian cuisine.

  • Indian Food Has 6 Tastes: Sweet, Bitter, Salty, Astringent, Sour & Spicy
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Just like India is a land of diversity, there is a diverse range of tastes like sweet, bitter, salty, spicy and astringent. Although chilly came from different countries, it is heavily produced in India.

  • Major Greys Pickle

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Pickle is a popular side dish for most of the Indians. Indian pickle was heavily liked by Britishers during their rule. They even came up with a brand of Indian pickles named Major Greys which is a very popular brand today.

  • Classification Of Indian Food

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Indian food has been categorized into Saatvic(fresh vegetables and juice), Raajsic(oily and spicy food) & Taamsic(Meat and liquor). Saatvic food helps you in getting to higher states of consciousness. Raajsic food is the foundation of activity and motion and Taamsic food leads to negative feelings.

Dosa: A Staple Food of South India

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Listed on the World’s 50 most Delicious Foods, Dosa is a fermented crepe. It is made of rice batter & black lentils. Dosa originated in South India and is a major food in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Kerala & Andhra Pradesh. Although, it is a popular dish in other states of India too. It has also made its presence in other countries like Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Singapore & Malaysia.

 

History of Dosa

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Dosa represents South Indian food. Its exact place of origin is a matter of discussion. But, according to K.T. Achaya, a food historian, dosa has its origins in ancient Tamil country in 1st century AD. According to the researcher P. Thankappan Nair, dosa has its source in the Udipi town of Karnataka. It may also be due to the dish’s connection with Udupi restaurants that dosa’s origins are linked to Udipi.

The original dosa of Tamil was thicker and softer. The dosa which is popular nowadays is crispier and thinner and it was first made in Karnataka.

 

Variations of Dosa

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There are many variations of Dosa. Some of them are listed below:-

Masala Dosa(click on the link to know more)
• Mini soya dosa
• Pesarattu
• Light white dosa
• Mysore Masala Dosa
• Onion Rava Dosa
• Ragi Wheat Dosa
Rava Dosa(click on the link to know more)
Benne Dosa(click on the link to know more)
Neer Dosa(click on the link to know more)

 

Nutritional Value

Dosa is a perfect breakfast dish and a street food. It is high in carbohydrates and has no saturated fats or sugar. As its ingredients include urad dal (Vigna mungo) and rice, it is also rich in protein. Due to the fermentation process involved in its preparation, it has increased content of Vitamin C and Vitamin B. Dosa should be avoided by diabetics as they have high glycemic index. They contain low calorie but high fat.

 

How to Serve?

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To make it a complete meal, dosa is often stuffed with vegetables and sauces. Normally, there is a vegetarian side dish that is served with dosa. Common side dishes include:-

• Sambar
• Chutney(Most commonly: Coconut chutney)
• Dry Chutney
• Pickles

 

How to Prepare?

For a quick and easy recipe of some popular dosas click on one of the following links:-

Simple Dosa
Masala Dosa
Rava Dosa
Onion Rava Dosa
Neer Dosa
Pesarattu
Mini Soya Dosa
Mysore Masala Dosa

 

Dal-Bati-Churma: A Rajasthani Delight

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Dal Bati Churma is a very popular Rajasthani dish that is a treat for your taste-buds. It’s a staple food in several parts of India including Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. It is served in a traditional way by first squashing the Bati and then pouring the Ghee on it. Yellow colored daal (lentil) is also served with it. It is served in all the celebrations and festivals of Rajasthan including weddings, religious occasions or birthday parties.

Three different food items-Daal (lentils), Baati & Churma(Sweet) combine to give you “Daal-Baati-Churma”. Daal is typically made of lentils and is spicy. Baati is made of flour. The sweet Churma is a combination of wheat flour, dry fruits & sugar. Ghee is added in all the three items.

In villages, Baatis are baked on firewood or kandas(i.e. cow dung cakes). But when you are preparing in your kitchen you can use Tandoor or electric oven. Baatis are served dipped in Ghee. The daal is also prepared in Ghee, the masalas used in daal are fried in Ghee and before serving, more Ghee is added to the daal. Churma is sometimes made by crushing the Baatis and mixing it with sugar.

All in all, it is a treat for you and your guests, suitable for any occasion.

To know more about Dal Bati Churma visit>>Daal Baati Churma

Try the simple recipe at>>http://www.tastyfix.com/recipe/dal-baati-churma-trla

Tandoori Chicken: A dish loved by all.

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Whether you are new to Indian food or have already dived into its variety of experiences, this one is a dish for everyone. Even if you don’t know anything about Indian food or are not sure about it, this one will surely make you fall in love with it.
Today we will talk about one of the most favorite dish of Indian cuisine, “Tandoori Chicken”. It is one of the jewels of Indian food. Tandoori Chicken is a staple food in almost all the regions of India and is loved by all. The name of the dish contains “Tandoori” which signifies its preparation in a “Tandoor”, a kind of Oven. Tandoors are made from clay and are large drum like ovens. When they are heated with wood or charcoal, they can reach very high temperature of 800-1000 degree Fahrenheit. Due to high temperature, the surface of the meat gets cooked very fast and all the juices are sealed inside.
It needs to be marinated with yogurt and spices which gives it its unique flavor. The spices used can be found easily but you can use Garam Masala which is an aromatic spice mix. It is found in most of the grocery shops.
If you want to know more about Chicken Tandoori visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tandoori_chicken
For a simple and tasty recipe visit: http://www.tastyfix.com/video/tandoori-chicken-3