All about India & Its food Culture

All about India & Its food Culture

Indian is a country with unity in diversity, and the interesting fact is that our cuisine is also something we should talk about. The world thinks that we Indians eat food which is filled with spices, oily and quite rich & they are not easy to digest because they have seen the cuisine which chefs promote or they must have dined or followed the recipes from restaurant or cooking channels.

But if you visit the countryside or small towns where people prefer eating homemade food- the recipes what they follow is quite healthy, balanced and using the spices as per the climatic condition of that region. It is difficult to say that how many types of cuisine are there in India because this country has a culinary journey of more than 6000 years and people from all part of the world came to India and followed their own food culture. Spending an entire life studying Indian Food culture is also less to understand because in Indian the culture & language changes every 50-100 km- So, the cuisine also follow the same trends.

There is a wide range of cuisine which impress the world and many of the dishes are famous worldwide. Every region has its own taste buds and I must say one must try the regional food no matter in which region you are- one will surely love it.
Some common things which one will see in each corner of India about Indian food habits which world is sorely missing:

1.    Every Day Thali: The best way to balance nutrition in your body & this philosophy is missing around the world. In each & every culture in India, people prefer eating thali at home. The idea behind serving thali is to balance the taste of sweet, sour, salt, pungent, astringent & bitter. As per Indian food culture, a proper meal considers being a combination of all six which keeps you healthy. Every region in India has its own traditional thali which balances all the six flavors, so, it is difficult to count the varieties of thali India.
The most famous style of thalis are – North Indian Style, South Indian style, Rajasthani, Gujrati, Punjabi, Bengali, Andhara style, and a lot more. 
1.    Eating with your hands: which activates all your 5 senses when you eat and it positively affects your body. As per Ayurveda eating with hands boost digestion and you become more aware of food’s textures, taste & aromas. It also helps to increase blood circulation & stimulates digestion.

2.    Uses of different spices: Uses of different spices not only give flavors to your food but also has some good medical properties. Spices also provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial & anti-viral properties. The most commonly used spices are – Cumin seeds, Turmeric, Chilli powder, asafoetida, Fenugreek seed, bay leaves, cloves, Coriander seeds, Cardamom, etc. All the spices used in cooking have a nutritional value which provides some major health value.

3.    Vegetarian Option: In India, most of the population are consuming a vegetarian diet and now the world is understanding its benefit and slowly people are inclining toward that. Consuming a vegetarian diet means living in harmony with nature’s principles. Consuming seasonal vegetables and fruits are healthier than any things because it also helps to make your immune system stronger to fight seasonal diseases.  

4.    Beverages like Aam Panna, Lassi, Buttermilk, Lemon Honey Water, Jal Jeera, etc not only taste good but also keeps your body cool, hydrated, and healthy. Some of the drinks are used as aperitifs, some are digestive & some are used as refreshing. 

5.    Indian Bread: There are varieties of Indian bread which are good sources of proteins and high on carbs which keeps your energy level high. Their variant reflects the diversity of Indian culture. Every region has its own influence and style of preparation also differ from one place to another. Varieties of bread depending on the kind of grains used to prepare in a particular region. From North to South & East to West one will get lot many options and this also shows the cultural diversity of the country.

6.    Condiments like pickles and chutney enhance the taste buds and the maximum varieties you will get in Indian, each region has its own distinct taste. Most of the Indian makes the pickle & chutney at home. Varieties of condiments that we get in India is difficult to find in any part of the world.

7.    Sharing Food: In India normally families are eating dinner together & sharing all the dishes. This kind of eating habits cut down the stress level, make you feel happy, promote productivity & builds a sense of belonging. Eating together & sharing a meal is a cultural inheriting where the generation of the family gather & eat a meal together.  

Manish Dubey – Blogger( Indian Food Therapy)