Indian Cuisine: Fact and Fiction
There are so many misconceptions out there about indian food. If you ask someone to describe the cuisine they are likely to use words such as spicy, hot or curry. Many people believe that indian food is fatty, that it is bad for your health, that it is difficult to cook and is too time consuming. However, you should know that this cuisine is HIGHLY misunderstood.
Indian food has spanned thousands of years and during this time, it had taken well in evolving and improving it’s form. It is also a prime example of how culture is able to absorb other foreign influences yet hold it’s own. Blending spices is considered a delicate art but indian food had taken it for it’s own and had honed it to perfection. It has also been a common practice to use fresh ingredients and start the dishes from scratch, meaning there are less preservatives used.
Having said that, here are some of the top misconceptions about indian food:
All Indian dishes are spicy
This is the most talked about misunderstanding. It’s true that they have spices but most of them won’t make dishes hot. The only spice that creates food prepared in Indian recipes hot is chili. However, it should be noted that all dishes don’t include chilies. When you need to taste food that uses chilies as a spice, you have got the choice to ask the restaurant staff to serve you with a mild dish. Besides, you also have the choice to undertake a similar food within which chilies aren’t used as a spice.
All Indian food is fatty and unhealthy
All Indian food contains curry powder
This is another misconception you come to hear fairly often. It’s true that Indian food carry curry powder most frequently, however they’re used mostly in curries. Curry powder is used solely in dishes in which it’s an essential ingredient for providing the taste the particular food must provide. Curry powder is a mixture of various kinds of spices. There’s no standard recipe for this lovely additive that could enhance the taste of a number of the dishes. Every family in India uses curry powder but the proportions used differ from individual to individual. Once they add these differing kinds of curry powder into their dishes, they become totally different in taste and flavour. Therefore, there’s no truth in believing that all Indian preparation carries curry powder. It should also be remembered that there are certain recipes that don’t carry curry powder at all.
So, don’t go by hearsay and common opinion. Dive in and discover for yourself, the amazing world of Indian cuisine. Our staff at East Z East Preston are ready to talk you through any dishes you may have questions about. It is a journey you will never regret!