Many individuals enjoy Indian food and spicy and aromatic flavours. However, there are many different ways in which to enjoy Indian food and there are also many facts about the food that people do not know about. In this article we will take a look at these interesting facts.
1. Six key flavours
The proper form of Indian food is a well-balanced collection of six different flavours. This combination of flavours include that of being salty, sour, bitter, astringent, as well as spicy and sweet.
2. The importance of pepper
Pepper is used a lot of Indian food and is considered to be king of all spices. If you then mix it with salt it becomes the ultimate form of seasoning. This is one of the reasons why Indian food is so flavoursome, because it uses a well balanced mix of these two basic spices.
3. Three main categories
Indian food is organised differently from many other styles of food and fits into three different main categories. This includes the vegetables and juice category, the oily and spicy styles and the meat and liquor styles that are often found in different forms of Indian food.
4. The importance of Payasam
Payasam is the most favourite type of sweet food that is served in South India and is often used at weddings and ceremonies. Many say that if this food is not used at a wedding, then the wedding is not a proper Indian event.
5. The popularity of chutney
Indian food uses many different ingredients and sauces and one of the most popular sauces that is added is that of chutney. However, chutney has come incredibly popular and is just as popular in locations such as Britain, as it is now in India. It can also be used on different styles of food and this does not have to be in an Indian style.
6. The history of Indian food
The early days of Indian food and the history behind the food is very cryptic and many individuals do not know about the eating routines and techniques that took place. This is because the ancient Indian language is very hard to understand and is still being worked out.
7. Indian food in America
Indian food is popular in the US of A and the first restaurant opened in the 1960s. Now there are over 80,000 different Indian restaurants throughout the USA And the style of good has become very popular.
8. The chicken tikka masala
One of the most popular dishes in modern Indian food is that of the chicken tikka masala that this was not actually invented in India. It was invented in Glasgow, Scotland.
9. The origins of Indian ingredients
Three of the most popular ingredients in Indian food is that of Chilli, tomato and potato and these foods do not originate from India but were originally imported from Portugal.
When it comes to that special someone you want to give and do your very best.
Imagine it is date, anniversary, holiday or just because night. You have an idea to make a home cooked, romantic meal. Should it be French meal of Oysters and Filet Mignon? Or an Italian meal of Tortellini and Mussels? Maybe it is time to surprise your partner with something new and exciting. If you and your partner have a spicier palate, an Indian cuisine would most definitely be the best meal for the evening. An Indian menu is a sure fire way to surprise your partner with your culinary talents for an evening of mouthwatering cuisine.
Most Indian dishes are filling due to dietary restrictions in the country. The country has a ban on beef and most meals range from seafood to lamb or vegetarian dishes. The dishes use a variety of spices, protein and sweets to create a delicious meal.
Here are a few menu ideas for your romantic evening, that are light enough to not have you feeling like a stuffed turkey; yet enough to fill your belly until your next meal.
Menu 1: Drink-White Wine, Appetizer- Vegetarian Samosa with chutney, Side Dish- Palak Paneer, Main Dish- Amritsari Fish, Dessert- Sooji Halwa
This menu idea starts the meal off with a vegetarian fried pastry appetizer. The main dish, consists of fish, is light and paired with the side dish of greens. Your dessert, which is a creamy and sweet flavored dish, can be served with vanilla ice cream.
Menu 2: Drink-Red Wine, Appetizer- Methi na Gota, Side Dish- Biryani, Main Dish- Murgh Mahal, Dessert- Kopra Pak
For this menu idea your appetizer is a vegetarian fritter, a finger food that is quite delicious. Your main dish is a curried, marinated chicken served with a side dish of vegetarian rice. Your dessert is a fluffy, savory treat resembling cake.
To ensure that your meal goes as planned do not forget to clean up as you go as a dirty kitchen is never appealing.
Set the mood by creating an authentic and romantic experience by placing cushions or low stools at a low table. Also use scented candles and low light to create a romantic ambience. You can buy flowers to use as a gift and a decorative center piece for your table (you can take some ideas for gifts from here). Roses are a romantic flower but are terribly over used as gifts and center pieces, try Lilies, Iris’ or a favorite colorful flower.
Creating an unforgettable experience for your special evening by using any of these meal ideas will create infinite possibilities for your night. As they say “Food is a universal language.”
It is the through the use of spices and atmosphere that will send your palate and evening into a whirl of satisfaction…