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The Metamorphosis Of Indian Cuisines

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Neha Ghosh

6 Jul,2016

The Indian Cuisine is the world’s most diverse cuisines and  characterized by its sophisticated and artful use of the many spices, vegetables, grains and fruits grown across India.  India's religious beliefs and culture have played an influential role in the evolution of its cuisine. India’s unique blend of cuisines evolved from the influences of Persia,ancient Greece, Mongols and West Asia. It has also influenced cuisine around the world especially those of South East Asia.

 

  1. Vindaloo

The name itself makes you think of Goa, but it is not a Goanese dish. It is actually a Portuguese invasion, the dish was originally made of wine, pork, and garlic. Indians have added a twist to the dish by using palm vinegar, pork/beef/chicken, and multiple spices. Carne de vinha d'alhos which is the Portuguese name for Vindaloo, though the actual dish does not contain potatoes but Indians use potatoes as the world itself has “aloo” which means potato.

 

2. Samosa

This tea-time snack is famous among the Indians and you will get it in every roadside tea stall. The tangy and yummy snack is made with potato or meat, it has its origins in the Middle East by traders in the 13th and 14th century.  

 

3. Shukto

 A famous Bengali delicacy which has it’s origins from Portuguese cuisine. This dish has become a favourite among the Bengali’s, this Portuguese influence has come all the way from Goa to Eastern Bengal or Bangladesh.

 

4. Gulab Jamuns

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This delectable and mouth-watering Indian dessert originated in  Mediterranean and Persia. The original sweet is called luqmat al qadi and made of dough balls deep fried, soaked in honey syrup and sprinkled with sugar. The Indians have modified it and it is served hot and cold.

I’m sure you started having a craving for this dessert!

 

5. Tea

‘Chai’ as it is called by the Indians has its origins from China. While the Chinese used it as a medicinal drink, the Britains soon discovered it and loved it's versatile nature. The  British have brought the tea cultivation to India and thereon, this drink has been a part of every household. And you thought the Indians were the first to discover it!

 

6. Rajma  

Rajma is a staple diet, the beans were brought to India through Central Mexico and Guatemala. The initial preparation or soaking and boiling the beans and adding a few spices is adapted from Mexican recipes, it is a Mexican diet which has become a famous dish among the North Indians.

 

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