India’s food culture is rich in spice combinations. From curry to dal and naan, Indian cuisine has a special way of elevating everyday foods. Indians love their spices and incorporate them into everything they eat – from savory snacks to salads.
The more Americans learn about Indian food, the more it is becoming a favorite destination in restaurants across the country.
- Here are few things you might not know about Indian cuisine:
Chestnut chutney is a popular Indian dish!
Chutney is an English term for a spicy condiment made from mangoes, onions and spices. It is popular with curries, but it is eaten as an accompaniment to most Indian meals. There are some thick, spicy chutneys that are used as dips for naan bread – it tastes like a samosa. Chutneys can be found in most Indian grocery stores or at the local supermarket.
You call it noodles. Indians call it ChowMein.
Chowmein joins other popular Indian dishes like tandoori chicken, korma and tikka masala on restaurant menus around the country. Curry powder, a mix of ground spices used as a base for sauces and flavorings in Southern India, has also become one of America’s favorite seasonings for its unique taste and aroma.
Chowmein is a staple Indian dish. It consists of dry noodles, a protein in the form of chicken or vegetables and a variety of spices.
The best way to prepare this dish is to boil the noodles and add the prepared spices, vegetables and chicken.
Indian food is incomplete without a hot bowl of Dal.
Dal (pronounced “doll”) is a thick soup or stew-like dish made with lentils, beans or peas that are ground into smooth paste. The most popular dal is dal makhani (pronounced “dammakone”), which comes from northern India and means “buttery black lentils.
Some Indian dishes have no salt or seasoning added at all!
This is not true for all dishes; some curries or rice dishes are made with salt and spices that must be stirred into it during the cooking process.
The important part to remember is that the food itself is delicious, whether or not it’s seasoned. If you’re attempting to make an Indian dish at home, take a look at the ingredients and follow the instructions. If no salt or spices are listed in the recipe, this doesn’t mean they aren’t necessary! (In fact, some dishes are meant to be salty. It all depends on taste.)
Indians believe in Naan’s supremacy.
The bread usually served with Indian food is called naan. It’s made with wheat flour and has a soft texture that isn’t unlike pita bread. Naan can be purchased in most grocery stores; it comes frozen and can also be purchased fresh at specialty markets and bakeries.
Naan comes in plain, whole-wheat, garlic, and many other varieties; you can even get it pizza style (with cheese). No matter where you purchase your naan bread at home or while eating out, it will pair perfectly with Indian food.
Indian food is so popular that it is the most requested food at hotels, which is why authentic Indian restaurants Desi Hype feature it on their menus. And, according to Indian restaurants across the U.K there has been a 20 percent increase in business during the last year with the number of Indian restaurants increasing 10 percent in the last two years alone.