There is no love sincerer than the love of food. – George Bernard Shaw
I say you are yet to experience love if you have not tasted Indian food. Not only is it the most varied cuisine in the world, the tastes are also so rich and distinctive you will be tempted to pack up and move across the continent just to get it from the source. With that said, here are 5 interesting and fun Indian food facts;
1) Not All Curry;
Contrary to common assumption, even though most of the Indian meals will literally light you on fire, not all Indian food are curry! there are many regions in India where the food is bland and/or even sweet. It all depends on which region the food originated from.
2) Vegetarian or Not?
Not all Indian dishes are vegetarian. Although majority of Indians are vegetarian, a good number of them are meat eaters with chicken being the most popular dish.
3) Chicken Tikka Is Not Indian!
Chicken Tikka, probably the most popular chicken dish in India is actually not from India! This amazing dish was originally a Persian dish brought to India by the Mughals. It would later be adopted by the people of Punjab who created their own version of Chicken Tikka and took the recipe with them when they migrated to Britain.
4) Spice Champions
India is the land of spices and according to research, no country produces as many spices. If you like your food spicy, you know which direction to go.
5) Currently, there are about 80,000 Indian restaurants in America.
I guess that’s all you need to know to figure how popular Indian cuisine is in America with the first restaurant having opened in mid 1960s.
Here is a bonus: Mithais are a must have for most if not all Indian celebrations and since we are talking about all the Indian goodness, here is how to make Mithais for your next gig.