Indian Cuisine- A History of Diverse Culture, Religion and Tradition

  • on July 18, 2015
Indian Cuisine- A History of Diverse Culture, Religion and Tradition

Cuisines tell more about a cultural heritage than any other cultural aspect. Indian cuisine tells more about its history than any other cuisine. Indian cuisine with all the mixture of different cultural flavors speaks volumes about its explorers, conquerors, and invaders. The diversity of Indian cuisine leaves entire European cuisine behind. Embalmed with four major regional styles; North Indian, South Indian, East Indian, and West Indian cuisine, the Indian cuisine enjoys the unmatched diversity. But is it so difficult to assume that a country of more than one billion population has few great cooks in them? When the British take over the Indian subcontinent they really fell in love with Indian cuisine. For British people Indian cuisine was none other than ambrosia; a heavenly dish.

The diversity of Indian cuisine begins with its appetizers and snacks. While the rest of the world presents heavily fatty appetizers that actually diminish your appetite, the low fat Indian appetizers stimulate your appetite manifolds.

Traditional Indian cuisine and foods have been a special part of Indian life for centuries. The specialty of every household in one or two dishes was proverbial and people were used to serve the best they can cook to their friends and families in the social gatherings.

The 7000 years long history of Indian cuisine started with the introduction of sesame, cattle and eggplants. In around 3000 BC, the Indians were using turmeric, cardamom, pepper and mustered were added to Indian foods. The invaded lands were then introduced with tomatoes, potatoes and chilies from its invaders and conquerors.

The Indian foods have three main parts; rice, flour and pulses. Traditional Indian meal has been a blend of thee or more main courses along with several side dishes such as chutneys, raitas, and pickles.

All this diversity is due to diversity in Indian culture and history. Every region had its own set of unique dishes when these dishes were invaded by explorers, conquerors and invaders, they became more diverse and unique having the blend of all those involved.

It can be safely concluded that Indian cuisine is a mixture of Indian history, religion and traditions. Before we start criticizing the Indian cuisine and its diversity, we should remember that it is only the Indian cuisine which has a welcoming attitude towards other cuisines. One can never find such kind of diversity that the Indian cuisine has brought to the world.

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