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
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
Saffron was introduced to India by Greek, Roman and Arab traders. These traders introduced a lot of foreign flavors in Indian cuisine.
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- Potatoes, Chilly & Tomato was brought by Portuguese
The most common ingredients of Indian Food like potato, chilly and tomato were brought to India by Portuguese.
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- Earlier Indians Used Fruits For Sweetening The Food
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
Chicken Tikka Masala, which is a favorite Indian dish originated in Glasgow, Scotland.
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- In 1960 First Indian Restaurant Opened In USA
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
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
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
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
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.