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What Indians eat varies by region and religion. Northern Indians eat more flat breads, while those from southern India prefer rice. In coastal states, such as Kerala and Bengal, fish dishes are popular. Chicken and mutton (sheep) are eaten more often in mountain and plains regions. While many Hindus avoid eating beef, Muslims avoid pork. In addition, many Indians—particularly Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains—are vegetarian.
Spices are used in many Indian dishes. When it is hot, spices such as chili peppers and garlic help the body sweat and cool it down. In colder weather, spices such as cloves, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, cardamom, and nutmeg help warm the body.
Indian cuisine is varied, but many dishes are cooked in a similar way. The preparation starts with frying onion, ginger, garlic or spices such as cumin seeds in oil at a high temperature. Meats, vegetables, flavorings such as yogurt, and spices such as turmeric then are added. The dish then simmers at a low heat until the ingredients are cooked. At the end of the preparation, leafy herbs such as cilantro and flavorings such as lemon juice are added.
This style of preparation may be linked to the traditional use of cow dung. For centuries, families would cook by placing a pan on top of patties made from cow dung. Like the charcoal used in modern-day barbecues, dung initially produces a high heat, but then burns slowly. Although middle-class and urban Indians have electric or gas stoves, many rural households still use cow dung (waste)(foodbycountry.com)
Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Vindaloo, Garlic Naan
It’s Friday and boy has it been a long week…………….
At least there was a great NBA game Thursday night and I got to watch an all out battle between Curry and Labron! I’m looking forward to Sunday to watch Game 2 and sure you guys are as well.
Outside of that, there was one more event that I still think about day in and day out, and that is the fantasizing meal that I had at Rangoli Indian Restaurant.
Let’s talk about it…
If you love spicy foods with a lot of flavor then you will love Indian food. The spices are exotic and different than any other foods here in America that you are familiar with and each bite packs a punch!
The similar foods that I think are the closest to the taste of Indian food would be Thai food and Malaysian food.
The similarities is usually in the curry, which is this milky sauce of utmost satisfaction and joy that brings out the true elegance of how good a tasty meat dish could be.
One thing you will find at many Indian Restaurants is that the dishes are similar but trust me curry is not the same everywhere you go. Rangoli makes a soothing tasty delectable curry like no other that keeps making you beg for more!
Today I went with the Chicken Tikka Masala which is marinated chicken in tomato sauce, fenugreek, and cashew paste. Then off to the Lamb Vindaloo which is spicy curry with potatoes and a hint of tart. Last but not least, the Garlic Naan which is a great tasty thin bread which is prepared by mixing white flour with salt, a yeast culture, and enough yogurt to make a smooth, elastic dough.
Let me just say that the Chicken Tikka Masala was outrageously good! The sauce was so tasty you want to drink it! The chicken was super tender, succulent and absorbs the sauce perfectly!
The Lamb Vindaloo has an excellent spice to it that tingles your throat in an exotic way. The lamb was tender and flavorful and just melts in your mouth!
The Garlic Naan was perfectly cooked with a slight crunch and when you dip it into the curry it will make a highway to heaven in your mouth!
Bite after bite..Slurp after slurp..
If you have never experienced Indian food then I suggest you try it tonight! I promise you that you won’t be disappointed!
Thanks for joining me on today’s adventure! I look forward to seeing you on the next run!
Eating is an enjoyable way of life.Live it..Learn it..Love it!
Trevis Dampier Sr.
foodbycountry.com (2015) HISTORY AND FOOD. Retrieved from http://www.foodbycountry.com/Germany-to-Japan/India.html