Indian cuisine, although varying in parts of the country, have the same basic principles. With the majority of the food being rice based and all meat being halal, there may be some things you weren’t aware of when it comes to the nations favourite cuisine. Spices and aromatic herbs are two of the main ingredients in Indian food, giving them their rich flavoursome taste. The spices enhance the flavour of the food while the herbs allow for the correct preparation. Indian cuisine is one of the nations favourites. With various jokes made about chicken tikka masala becoming the national dish, it isn’t surprising when the taste is so rich. However, there are some things that aren’t as well known about Indian food, here are some examples.
Indian food, although seemingly unhealthy contain many different types of spices. It is thought the spices protect against cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and heart disease. Unfortunately, eating too many chillies can have adverse effects and eventually may lead to problems due to the spiciness. However, the spices used in curries are full of antioxidants, which can protect your health. The protein found in the beans, such as lentils and red kidney beans are also good for your health, helping your heart. They are low in fat and high in protein meaning they help reduce the risk of colon cancer.
The biggest misconception about Indian food is its spiciness. Although most food uses spices, this doesn’t necessarily mean the end product is spicy. In the south many curries are made with coconut and yogurt, counteracting the spicy flavour but not compromising the flavour. On the other hand, many curries are made to either suit personal taste or common thoughts. In England, Vindaloo is marketed as one of the spiciest curries available, however, this isn’t true. The Portuguese influence on Indian cuisine gave Vindaloo the spice it is now known for but previously it was only average.
There are many influences on Indian food, none of which have taken the principle ideas away but many have left their mark on the cuisine. The Portuguese, as previously mentioned, added spice, creating the Vindaloo. British culture has also left their mark on Indian food, creating the much loved Anglo-Indian cuisine. Combining elements of the two dishes, the greatly famous food was born.
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