Indian Food Guide


Review by Debbie Mazo


Rich and diverse like its civilization, Indian cuisine dates back thousands of years. All over India, vibrant flavors and spices have originated in various regions. In Kashmir, the spices are as warm as the climate is cold. In the coastal area of Kerala, meat and fish are staples with many dishes served in a rich coconut curry.

Indian Food Guide For a taste of India, see the Indian Food Guide hosted by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor. From novices to experienced culinary travelers, this well-seasoned website has it all when it comes to Indian culinary specialties.

For starters, check out the comprehensive Reference Guide including everything from a glossary of Indian food terms to a visual guide of common spices used in preparing Indian dishes. Basic Techniques offers topics ranging from preparing various pastes (ginger, garlic, and cashewnut) to steaming rice, while Utensils introduces such items as the Patila (a Hindu term for the cooking pots used for boiling water/milk or cooking curry dishes). If you have trouble pronouncing some of the local dishes, there's plenty of help available with downloadable audio of the correct pronunciations.

Before you start up your oven, check out Tips and Tricks for all kinds of advice on preparing the perfect Indian dish. From cutting and peeling lemons and onions to retaining the green of vegetables, you'll find it all here. There's also a Health Remedies section with recommendations for nursing all types of ailments. If you suffer from indigestion, try one teaspoon of mint juice mixed with an equal amount of honey and lemon juice. Sore throat suffers can get relief by drinking a glass of milk in which one teaspoon haldi or tumeric has been added and boiled.

Ready to sample the richly varied cuisine of India? The Recipes section presents dozens of authentic yet surprisingly simple recipes for the best-loved delicacies of India. Recipes include brief descriptions of the dish, clear directions, and a color photo. With everything from Mulligtawney Soup (peppery soup from South Indian) to Kachumber Salad (cucumber, tomato, capsicum, and onions tossed into a salad), you're sure to get a savory introduction to the exotic flavors of Indian cuisine.


About the Writer

Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She currently specializes in technical and marketing materials, but is also pursuing opportunities in food journalism.



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