Wheat, Flatbreads, Lentils and Rice are primary foods in India. Vegetarian Food primarily in Central & Central Western, Seafood along the coast and Meat is consumed in the East. Masala, curry and any of the many spice mixes have been used in whole country and Chillies (Fresh & Dried) in all dishes.
2 Most Popular Traditional Cuisines
Bisi Bele Bath
Bisi Bele Bath is one of most popular traditional dish in South Indian Cuisine. It uses spicy masala, toor dal (a type of lentil), rice, ghee and vegetables.Spices like nutmeg, asafoetida, curry leaves and tamarind pulp contribute to its unique flavour and taste.
Chicken Tikka Masala
Chicken tikka masala is a very popular cuisine in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.Traditionally small pieces of boneless chicken baked using skewers on a brazier called angeethi after marinating in spices and dahi (yogurt)—essentially a boneless version of tandoori chicken.
2 Most Popular Cuisines Nowadays
Awadhi Cuisine: From the city of Lucknow in Central India, Influenced by North Indian, Middle Eastern & Central Asian cooking. Involves cooking over a slow Fire known as “Dum” Cooking.
Mughlai Cuisine represents the cooking styles used in North India (especially Uttar Pradesh). The cuisine is strongly influenced by the Central Asian cuisine and it has in turn strongly influenced the regional cuisines of Kashmir and the Punjab region.
2 Most Popular Flavors in Street Food
Coriander / Cilantro
This herb is used extensively all over the country & all parts of the plant.
The roots, seeds & stems add flavour to gravies & marinations, the leaves are used to make chutneys or are just chopped and used as garnish for almost every other street food.It’s strong fragrance is inviting for everyone who passes by a street food stall.
A powdered blend of rock salt, cumin seeds, dry mango powder, and a combination of other spices. This is the primary flavour Indians look forward to in at least 80% of their Street foods.
2 Most Popular Exotic Flavor/Cuisine
A dry blend of slightly roasted spices, mainly consisting of Coriander seeds, Bayleaf, Cinnamon, Cloves, Green Cardamom, Black Cardamom, Mace & Black pepper. It is a must to put Garam masala in almost all dishes, very similar to a Chinese 5 spice mix or an Egyptian Dukkah spice mix.
Fresh spices can also be used whole in foods to add flavour and then can be removed.
Gujarati cuisine refers to the cuisine of Gujarat, a state in western India.
Despite having an extensive coastline providing wholesome seafood, Gujarat is primarily a vegetarian state due to the influence of Jain vegetarianism.