India is known for its diverse culture, religions, and of course cuisines. Indian food is way different from European and Western cuisines and even from some Asian cuisines including Chinese and Japanese. It is known for its unique choice of spices and taste. There are 29 states in India and each state has its own food culture. In fact, food habits vary within the state too. Indian food and eating habits are very healthy. In many conservative Indian families, people still eat with hands while sitting cross-legged on the floor as they believe that it helps in the digestion process. Cleanliness is another big issue in Indian cooking. In many families, people still follow the ritual of removing shoes outside the kitchen.
Types of Indian food:
Indian Cuisines include both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. In vegetarian foods, rice, Indian bread (Chapatti), Daal (pulses), Dahi (Curd), and pickles are most common. Most Indians are vegetarians and they eat vegetables fruits, grains, and milk in order to live a healthy lifestyle. India is known all over the world for its health rich spices. Though cuisines of North and South India are entirely different but they both have their own set of healthy spices and they are used in abundance in almost all of their dishes.
Indian spices: the vault of health benefits
Indian spices including Cumin Seeds, Coriander Seeds, Mustard Seeds, Red Chilies, Turmeric powder, Garlic, Ginger, Nutmeg, black cardamom, green cardamom,and many more, contain a good amount of nutrients and health healing properties. Indian spices and pulses used in Indian kitchens are rich with all essential nutrients including dietary fiber, Minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, and proteins. Indian dishes contain well balanced ingredients which enhances health in many ways. Spices help in regularizing the process of digestion and thus person’s metabolic rate increases.
Other ingredients that boosts health
Pulses, grains, vegetables, and cereals used in Indian Cuisines are highly recommended for their health benefits. Indian Spices contain medicinal properties. Many common diseases are cured at home only by using these spices in various combinations. For example, honey with turmeric powder and ginger paste is an age old remedy for cold and cough.
Almost all grains and cereals are rich of dietary fiber which increases the metabolism and takes care of the overall health of an individual.
Check on your calories:
There is a myth about Indian cuisines being high in calories. In Fact, Indian foods contain well balanced mix ingredients. Regular and ethnic dishes are made with all healthy ingredients. Not all Indian states eat spicy food. When South India is known for its hot spices, Gujarat is popular for its sweet tasting recipes, and at thesame time North India is known for its right mixture of spice and sweet. North Indian desserts are very popular around the word.
So, these are some health benefits of Indian food that most compel you to book a table at the nearest Indian Restaurant Thomastownand enjoy a lavish Indian dinner.