could find in India as many culinary styles as there are regions
in this country. And if you think that India is just famous for
its spicy curries, you will be surprised to discover the diversity
of the Indian cuisine
And since its region has a plethora of
offerings, you could use the thali system to have an overview
of the region's cuisine. This complete meal comprises of up to dozen
individual servings of meat, chicken, vegetables, rice
Indian community has its own dietary restrictions; however you could
find the trio of mutton, chicken and fish throughout the country.
Mutton and chicken will be preferred in the northern region, mutton
is the main part of the traditional wazwan, dish cooked in
Jammu & Kashmir. The fish and the crustaceans will be the basis
of the food in the coastal regions. You could taste some coconut
preparations in the West Bengal. On the contrary, in Tamil Nadu
and Gujarat, you will experience mainly vegetarian dishes. In the
North, the most popular dishes are from Punjab, they include grilled
tandoori food (kind of barbecued cuisine).
roti, Pudina paratha, naan
will be served along with the
main dishes, and help you to scoop the food into the mouth.
Indian sweets are aids in digestion, so it will be a pity not to
taste them after your meal : commonly made of milk, and sometimes
over sweeted for foreigners, you could savour a kulfi ( saffron
ice cream), gulab jamun ( sweets dumplings) or rasmalai
( cottage cheese ball)
In the beverages section too, there
is a wide variety available. The number one in the country is the
nimbu paani, a simply lime juice with water or soda, then
the lassi or butter milk, a thin mixture of yoghurt and water,
is very popular in the hot Northern region. During the hot summer,
you will drink a sherbet, a sweetened concentrated extract
or some fresh fruit juices.
since you will be in the world's largest producer of tea, you should
taste the most popular drink in India, the masala chai (tea
spiced with cardamom and ginger), that you could order directly
in a stall in the streets to seize the real essence of India.
However, India hasn't escaped to the globalization,
so you could find easily in the main cities, all the famous chains
of restaurants ( Mc Donald's, Pizza hut, Domino Pizza, KFC..), as
well as some Continental and Chinese dishes on the menus of the