Discover Indian cuisine in Camberwell
Article posted: August 21, 2020
Renowned for its variety of spices, Indian food is one of the most aromatic and vibrant cuisines in the world.
While Indian cuisine is known for its rich spices and flavours, it is also heavily influenced by its historical rule, religion, culture, and traditions.
Thick and creamy curries, spiced vegetables, cooling lassies, and charred naan are popular fare in Indian cuisine, but the flavours depend heavily on which region they come from.
Chillies and turmeric hail largely from the Rajasthan, Kashmir and Gujarat regions of India, while peppers, cardamom and cloves are harvested mainly in the south.
That’s why the eastern regions are famous for chilli curries, while seafood and coconut are prominent ingredients in the west.
When it comes to the rest of the country, the northern regions are famous for their tandoori and korma recipes, the south are known for their hot and spicy dishes, and the central regions take inspiration from the surrounding areas.
Indian cuisine is also influenced by Hinduism, as the largest practiced religion in the country.
While the Hindu diet doesn’t prohibit eating meat, many people practice vegetarianism and incorporate products derived from animals like milk, however this depends on regional traditions.
Trade and colonialism also introduced new ingredients such as potatoes, tomatoes, and peanuts to the Indian subcontinent.
During British colonial rule, Indian cuisine was blended with western food, leading to new dishes like kedgeree, which is a rice and lentil meal for breakfast, and mulligatawny soup.
Indian cooking has influenced cuisines from around the world over the years as well, so much so that some believe chicken tikka masala was invented in the UK.
Next time you plan to take a night off cooking, why not try lamb rogan josh, palak chicken, masala dal and some tasty samosas.