Be it Indian culture, religions or cuisines, India is a land of diversity. It is known for its unique choice of spices and taste. Indian Cuisine is way different from European and Western cuisines and even from some Asian Cuisines including Chinese and Japanese. Indian Cuisine is a perfect blend of the food culture of its every state. Food habits and culture 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 important factor kept in mind while cooking in India. In many families, people still follow the ritual of removing shoes outside the kitchen.
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.
What are Indian spices for?
Indian spices and pulses used in Indian kitchens are rich with all essential nutrients including dietary fiber, Minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, and proteins. 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. Traditional Indian dishes include well balanced ingredients which enhances health in many ways. Spices regulates digestion process and enhances metabolic rate.
The grainy part:
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. Indian foods contain well balanced mix ingredients. Regular and ethnic dishes are made with all healthy ingredients.
Indian cuisine is subtle too:
Not all Indian states eat spicy food. South India is known for its hot spices, Gujarat is popular for its sweet tasting recipes, and at the same time North India is known for its right mixture of spice and sweet. North Indian desserts are very popular around the word. The East Indian Cuisines are influenced by the Chinese and Mongolians. But one common thing in all Indian Cuisines is their health factor.
So, visit your nearest Indian Restaurant and enjoy all these benefits over some delicious Indian dishes.