India travel guide



India Travel Guide

Eating & Drinking

Indian food has a wide range in its cuisines, which gained a richly reputation throughout the world for being aromatic and delicious, and its preparation and the sheer variety of spices make Indian food a popular choice by far. There are so many types of food in India that it becomes difficult to choose from the diverse range of traditional food in India. Just like the amalgamation of cultures, there are amalgamations of food styles too.

Vetegarian Indian cuisine

If you are vegetarian, you have come to the right place, in India the vegetarian food is the most popular, but also has a great non vegetarian cuisine, many people use to Indian chefs for their special dietary requirements, and in India if you order a strange vegetarian dish, you will be respected, and no one will think you are alien for having them. The eating Indian places are vegetarian or non-vegetarian, or both, and they are signs outside or at the top of the menu. Religious people don’t consume the flesh of animal, orthodox Brahmins will not eat food cooked outside their household, and most extremist religious don’t eat eggs and dairy products.

Eating out is always fun and you always have variety alternatives to choose, cuisines and flavors are offered in many kind of establishments, such as: dhabas and bhojanalayas, restaurants, tourist restaurants and fast-food joints. On the road side along of some highway is possible to find renewed “Dhabas” and in the towns the Bhojanalayas, which are conspicuously hygienic vendors, and are cheaper Indian dinners, in these places offer basic but often good food, consisting in vegetable curry, dhal, rice or Indian bread and some times meat. To choose a good Dhaba, you should see if outside to judge from number of trucks is parked, because these establishments are traditional cater to truck drivers.

All kind of restaurants in India are catering to all classes of the society, and varying in price and quality, offering a wide choice of dishes. The difference between restaurants in the country is big, instance the price for dinner for two including mineral water can range from anywhere around $4 in a small everyday Indian restaurant, in contrast to around $50 and upwards in a 5-star restaurants or specialty restaurants, which offers multicuisine, and the specialty of Indian food.

Overall, Indian cuisine has a low value in calories because it is based on vegetables and rice. If you want to know how many calories you need daily, we recommend using a bmr calculator, so you can control your diet for your trip.

The Indian north food is characterized by Kashmiri and Mughal cuisines influenced strongly by central Asia cuisine, in this cuisine is used the flours especially of wheat to make chapattis and other closely related with breads, such as Roti that consist in baked wheat pancakes, or Parathas served with Dal, which is a watery preparation with mashed. The large variety of rice are used, and also the milk and other dairy products such as yogurt, milk, ghee (clarified butter), butter and paneer (cottage cheese) are used in their daily diet and its most dishes. Other delicious kind of food there is the non-vegetarian variety that is inspired in the Mughal cuisine, and oil is preferred in the north cuisine, because people like of deep fried curries and other preparations.

The Indian south food use the rice in the majority of its dishes, and also the grated coconut or coconut oil; a typical south Indian meal would consist of rice served with piping hot sambhar, rasam, curd and pickles along with at least two different varieties of vegetables prepared in two different styles. The Indian south cuisine is less greasy and oily to compared to north India cuisine, and some of this recipes are: dosa (fermented rice pancakes), idli (steamed rice pancakes), and vada (fried doughnut like items that aren’t sweet).

The Indian east food is famous for some of the most popular sweets, there is offered a large variety of sweets that are an absolute delight for anyone with a sweet tooth. But the coastal kitchen makes a strong use of fish and coconuts, the Bengali and Assamese styles shade off into the cuisine of East Asia, and some of its popular dishes are momos, muri jhaal, macherjhol, thukpa, and anything related with fish.

The Indian west food has a wide range of dishes to offer, in many thing is very similar to the northern cuisine, and the desert cuisine of Rajasthan and Gujarat use an immense variety of dals and achars (preservers) to substitutes for the relative lack of fresh vegetables, but they have a wide variety of spicy chutneys and pickles. Typical dishes from the western area are Thali from Gujarat, Puran Poli from Maharashtra, and more items that are steamed and roasted that make it easily digested.

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