Indian Kitchen

Culture & Cuisine
Principles of Indian Cooking
Preparing an Indian Curry
Planning an Indian Meal
Aromatics, Spices and Herbs
Additional Ingredients
Bean, Peas and Lentils
Equipment and Utensils

Indian history and heritage evokes a sense of mystery and magnetism. This culture from thousands of years has also ingrown and imbibed in its people and their palettes the exotic blend of its spices and food. This cuisine not only still fascinates its own people but also millions of others around the world who are intrigued by it. With its spectacular geography and diversity of people, it is no surprise that the beauty of Indian food resonates in variety. It is with pride that this spice bowl of the world is one of the richest cuisines around.

Culture & Cuisine
India spans across its length and breadth a total area of around 3.3 million sq kilometers. This holds a population of a billion people which constitutes of 72% Indo-Aryans (East, West and North Indians), 25% Dravidians (South Indians) and 3% others. This vast land displays a breathtaking array of diversity in his geography and climate. With this sharp contrast comes the variety that now constitutes Indian food. Climate plays an important role in the indigeniousness of food to the region. Although ingredients are readily avaialble everywhere now, in earlier times it used to be more confined to the regions they were grown in. Religion too played an important role as food styles and patterns were dictated by the rules and restrictions of each religion. All these have lead to the enhancement of each local food art making it rich and delectable. This has infused an uniqueness in diversity and lead to an embrace by people worldwide.

Principles of Indian Cooking
The diversity of Indian food comes from the recipes that have been handed down through generations. Since each cook has been infusing their own taste and style into the recipe, one recipe tastes very different from one region to the other. The key to Indian cooking is understanding the blend of spices and condiments in each dish. Indian cooking relies heavily on instinct and less so on exact measurements and procedures. The main art is understading how the spices fuse. Spices come in two varities - some which are blended into the dish during cooking and others which are added into the dish and then removed after they have infused their flavours into the dish.

Preparing an Indian Curry
Spices are the backbone of Indian cooking. Whether they be used in their entirety or roasted and powdered, each spice has a specific place and importance in the Indian kitchen whether they be used alone or as a combination of different spices. Some spices are used for their taste whereas others are used for their aroma. The quantities are carefully balanced out by taste to achieve the desired flavor. Also important are herbs that lend a distinct flavor and fragrance to the dish.


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