Like many things Indian, our food is also full of myths. So, we took it upon ourselves to debunk and set aside a few of them.
I like ‘Indian Food’
There is no such thing as a Indian Cuisine. Indian cuisine is an umbrella term used by Western Food Critics and common people to describe cuisine from different communities and reflects a 5,000-year history of various groups and cultures interacting with the subcontinent. This interaction led to diversity of flavours and regional cuisines found in modern-day India. Later, Mughal, British and Portuguese influence added to the already diverse cuisine. Indian cuisine can be split into States >> Communities >> Vegetarian & Non-vegetarian.
All Indian Food is Spicy
Yes, Indians do love spices and we did introduce the world to them, but no not all Indian food is spicy. Compared to Western and European cuisine, almost every state has it own distinct flavor and use of spices varies across states.
Gujarati cuisine is known for its liberal usage of jaggery and has a sweet touch. Kashmiri dishes also incorporates sweet dishes in its menu. Majority of the South Indian dishes except Andhra dishes are less spicier.
All Indians are Vegetarians
Well, that is far from truth. 2/3rd of Indians classify themselves as daily meat eaters. A commonly misunderstood fact is that Hindus do not eat meat. Fact is a large number of Hindus relish eating all types of meat except Beef. Beef is savored by Muslim and Christians. Some of the well known Chicken dishes like Chicken Tandoori, Butter chicken came from the North India and are relished by meat eating Hindus. West Bengal is another meat eating region, which is known for its sea-food and meat-eating Brahmins.
Indian food is all about CURRY
Curry is something that was again made popular by British-South Asian ethnic groups. While Curry abroad may refer to a thick and spicy gravy dish, India takes a different meaning altogether. In South India, Curry may refer to a vegetable side-dish that is often served with rice.These are generally fried vegetables without the gravy. Curry, in TamilNadu, South India actually means meat – either as a gravy or as a fried dish. Origins of British curry come from the Tamil word for Kari.In North India and other popular forms of Indian cooking, the word curry is not as popularly used. Sabji or Masala are common terms for gravy dishes in Indian cuisine.
Indian food is rich and diet-busting
Well that depends entirely on choices you make. Just as nobody can force you to eat more chocolate than you want, so should you not feel forced to eat a second helping of delicious Gajar Ka Halwa, Malpua or Jalebi! Given how tempting they are though, this may be easier said than done!
Those were the 5-food myths related to Indian food, that now stand BUSTED!