Most Flavourful Spices Commonly Used
In Indian Dishes

Turmeric

Turmeric is probably the most commonly used spice in India. It has antiseptic qualities and is used in medicine for its health benefits. A yellow-colored spice native to India, turmeric has a warm aroma and taste.

Saffron

The most expensive spice in the world, saffron is believed to be more valuable than gold. With its pungent, honey-like aroma and taste, saffron is used with rice and some sweets in Indian cuisine.

Cardamom

The third most expensive spice in the world, cardamom is used to enhance the flavor of tea and puddings. The green cardamom has a mild and light eucalyptus tone to it, while the black cardamom is spicy, smoky and only seeds are used.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a well-known spice and can be bought in any store, but its roots come from India. A sweet-tasting spice with a warm and woody aroma is widely used in bakery and desserts.

Coriander

One more familiar spice originated from India. Coriander tastes sweet and tangy, with a slightly citrusy flavor. This omnipresent spice is probably the oldest in the world and commonly used almost in all Indian dishes.

Traditional Indian dishes worth trying

Alu Gobi

Alu Gobi is a vegetarian dish made with potatoes (aloo), cauliflower (gobi) and Indian spices. Due to the use of turmeric, the colour turns to yellow. Traditionally this meal contains kalonji and curry leaves. Other common ingredients include garlic, ginger, onion, coriander stalks, tomato, peas, and cumin. It all adds up to one of the most popular dishes ordered in Indian restaurants.

Butter Chicken

For meat-lovers this traditional Indian dish is a splash of flavours due to the tomato sauce with various spices, often including asafoetida, cumin, cloves, cinnamon, coriander, pepper, fenugreek, and fresh cream. Butter chicken can be grilled, roasted or pan-fried, but traditionally it is cooked in a tandoor.

Masala Chai

There’s nothing like the experience of stopping and ordering a steaming cup of masala chai when in India or Indian buffet. Originated in India, masala chai is a flavoured tea beverage made by brewing black tea with a mixture of aromatic spices and herbs. Enjoyed by millions in India, a spiced, sweetened black tea mixed with milk, is now popular all around the world.

Tips

Traditional Way of Eating and Serving Indian Food

Eating with your hands

Indian cuisine tastes best when eaten with fingers and is intended to be eaten by hand. This tradition has its roots in Ayurveda. Eating is supposed to be a sensory experience and eating with your hands evokes emotion and passion. Feeling your food informs your stomach that you are about to eat. Fingers are also used to feel the temperature of the dish.

Serving food on banana leaves

First of all, eating from banana leaves is considered to be healthy. It is common for eastern countries to serve food on plates, but it is interesting to know that banana leaves are enriched with natural antioxidants found in many plant-based foods. Indian food is preferred by vegetarians thanks to the wide range of extremely healthy, unique and tasty dishes without meat. Banana leaf also adds to the aroma of food and enhances the taste.

One plate for all

If you order Indian food in a restaurant or prefer delivery, you still can eat your meals in a traditional way. Some Indians follow an authentic of eating from one huge platter called the thal. It is a common tradition among families. Every dish sits in the center of the thal and the members pull out their share. The portions are just right for each family member.

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