World Food Day is celebrated globally on 16th October every year. This inspired us to revisit the Indian culinary delights with renewed vigour. Going through their history of origin and other interesting trivia about them, we came across some enchanting food delicacies unique to our country or this part of the world.
Here’s a sneak peek into a few of these dishes:
- Chicken Tikka Masala
Chicken Tikka Masala, India’s contribution to the global culinary delights needs no introduction. Taken to England by British colonizers, it has gradually become popular in other parts of the world. The perfect blend of unique spices that impart it a flavour like no other, it never fails to captivate the senses of food enthusiasts around the world. With every Indian food outlet outside the country being incomplete without serving this dish, Chicken Tikka Masala enjoys an iconic status globally. With this delicacy being one of the favourites of international celebrities like Angelina Jolie, this ‘Indian curry’ is synonymous with our indigenous culture.
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The humble dal holds a special place in our hearts. A traditional fare cannot not start with dal, along with rice or roti. This simple and wholesome meal is a comfort food for many. Pulses boast of a wide variety – lentils, beans and peas, but the popularity of rajma or kidney beans with rice enjoys unparalleled popularity in a large part of India.
Right from Delhi to Kerala, and Rajasthan to West Bengal, India cannot have enough of Papadums. The wide array of names like ‘Poppadum’, ‘Papad and ‘Appadam’ make its popularity in different parts of India evident. No traditional meal is complete without a crunchy papad to perfectly complement the dal and rice. This versatile foodis also eaten as a snack, Masala Papad, with finely diced pieces of tomato and onion, along with a dash of condiments, evenly spread on it. They are made with lentils, rice, chickpea, and potato, among others. What’s more, papads are also made from jackfruit and prawns in some parts of India.
It is a rice-and-legume preparation with different parts of India adding their own choice of ingredients for its distinctive taste. The secret behind cooking a quick meal that is both flavourful and healthy, there is no alternate for a piping hot plate of khichadi when it is pouring outside. Roast or fry a papad and your monsoon meal is sorted.
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- Chai Tea
To take spices out of Indian food is like taking ‘Indianness’ out of it. Masala tea, prepared with Indian spices, is our every own contribution to the wide variety of the aromatic beverage. But Chai Tea often gets overlooked in the milieu. It is a unique concoction of black tea and Masala Chai mixed with honey, vanilla and milk, and then poured over crushed ice. Make your cup of Chai Tea when you want to relax the next time and enjoy the bliss!
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