Explore the culture and expression of India, through these Desi foods.
Food is a cultural expression. Food not only represents the culture of any country but also reflects the soul and attitude of that country. In this article, we are going to discover some Indian food which represents the expression and culture of India. India’s diversity can be easily justified on different scales, be it the language, dressing sense, festivals or food. The diversity of Indian states is also represented by the regional food of that place. Food is the strongest thread that holds this country together and the foodie inside us can’t thank our stars enough that we are born in India, which is the land of one of the yummiest cuisines in the world.
Biryani is the most versatile dish and is made in a number of ways through the length and breadth of the country. The Chettinad Biryani of Tamil Nadu is hot and loaded with spices, while the Awadhi Biryani uses the dum or steam to cook the rice and meat. The Hyderabadi Biryani uses raw meat instead of half cooked one and hence is often referred to as the Kacche Gosht Ki Biryani. In Bengali cuisine, sometimes mustard is used to make the authentic Fish Biryani. Similarly, Kashmir has Zarda, a sweet version of the biryani.
Kadhi is widely loved by both vegetarians and non-vegetarians throughout the country. The North Indian kadhi is prepared by adding pakoras to the besan gravy which is made using yogurt that gives it a sour taste. The Gujarati and Rajasthani kadhis are the simple preparation of yogurt, mustard seeds and cumin seeds with red chilies and asafoetida. It acquires a sweet taste due to the addition of sugar or jaggery. The Sindhi kadhi use tamarind pulp instead of yogurt. The South Indian kadhi is seasoned with sauteed fenugreek, asafoetida, mustard, curry leaves and cumin seeds.
The famous snack acts as a catalyst to rejuvenate every Indian’s mood on a beautiful monsoon evening. A plate of onion, potato, baingan or Hari Mirch ka pakoda from UP sprinkled with some chaat masala can always make our day! The love of Bengal for fish makes for the delicious and famous fish pakodas there! In Maharashtra, vada is prepared by mashing the boiled potatoes with spices like green chilli, garlic, asafoetida, and turmeric seeds. Some other famous forms of pakodas are churu in Jaipur, bajjis in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra and medu vada in Tamil Nadu.