The labor-intensive cuisine and its mix of spices is more often than not a revelation for those who sit down to eat it for the first time.
With its use of cumin, tamarind, pepper, and other powerful spicy ingredients ensuing taste combinations unlike anything found around the globe. There is a reason why Indian food is so tasty—it is the fewer numbers of overlapping flavors in ingredients that bring out a unique flavor. Together, they help form the pillars of what tastes so good to so many people.
In a big new analysis of more than 2,000 popular recipes, data scientists have discovered perhaps the key reason why Indian food tastes so unique: It does something radical with flavors, something very different from what we tend to do in the United States and the rest of Western culture. And it does it at the molecular level.
More specifically, many Indian recipes contain cayenne, the basis of curry powder that is in just about any Indian curry. And when a dish contains cayenne, the researchers found, it’s unlikely to have other ingredients that share similar flavors.
Indian Food can be enjoyed in different ways:
Healthy Indian Food
Traditional Indian food can be a healthy choice with a balanced diet of starch (steamed rice, Roti), tons of vegetables, dal (lentils), yogurt, saag etc. Unfortunately, you will also find many fat-laden Indian dishes in restaurants. Those dishes are great for festive, once in a while, occasions. However, for a regular healthy eating, here are suggestions for some lighter alternatives.
Traditional Indian food can be a healthy choice with a balanced diet of starch (steamed rice, Roti), tons of vegetables, dal (lentils), yogurt, saag etc. Unfortunately, you will also find many fat-laden Indian dishes in restaurants. Those dishes are great for festive, once in a while, occasions.
Healthy Indian Starch
When you are ordering curry or vegetable, order steamed basmati rice, which is healthier than fried variety such as Pulauo or Biryani. Make sure that your steamed rice does not come with generous serving of Ghee. Indian flatbreads, Roti or Chapatti are healthy than other fried flat bread Poori or stuffed Paratha.
Healthy Indian Appetizers
Anything fried such as Samosas or Pakoras are delicious but full of fat, starch, and salt. Instead, get thin lentil wafers, papadum, or papad. Make sure to get roasted papads instead of deep fried ones.
Healthy Indian Main Dishes
Curries are one of delicious ways to eat healthy vegetables – as long as it is not cooked in creamy sauce. Dal, which is lentil soup/curry, can be eaten by itself or usually eaten with rice or bread. Avoid eating too much dal because like any soup it is high on sodium.
Indian Temple Food
Food is integral part of Indian temple and religious experience. In Indian temples, meal is served not only during festivals and holidays but temple and its visitor regular offers food to anyone, especially as a community service to poor. The food given this way is often known as Prasad, which means blessed edible gift.
Converting Recipes to Vegan
Many Indians are vegetarians or consume more vegetables than meat. As a result of this, there is large numbers of excellent traditional as well as modern Indian vegetarian dishes and recipes available. However, these dishes might not be Vegan because they might use ghee and in few yogurt. We suggest to replace ghee with either margarine or olive oil to make vegetarian Indian food into a vegan Indian food.
All You can Eat Indian Buffet
At Shalimar, you find a variety and delicious Indian food. A typical menu on Indian Buffet should include; Rice, Samosa and/or Pokaro, three or more kind of vegetable curry, two or more meat variety (chicken usually), Chutney, Sweets and more.