Yesterday, my neighbor brought in a casserole with her signature Prawn Malai Curry. As I was licking my fingers after a great meal, I noticed that my husband was frowning at his plate. He had hated the dish that I had absolutely loved!
What you must understand is that my husband and I hail from the southern part of India. The spices, herbs, and condiments that we routinely use are distinct from the ones used in other parts of the country. Was the Prawn Malai Curry an Indian dish? Well, it hails from Bengal, and Bengali food is definitely Indian. But at the same time, it is alien food for many Indians!
Here are some interesting observations regarding "Indian Food." South Indians use a coconut base as frequently as north Indians use an onion base. Not many other than the Gujaratis add sugar to the vegetables that they cook. The Bengalis are possibly the only ones who consider seafood to be "vegetarian". So a hard-core vegetarian Bengali Brahmin could easily be found consuming fish!
Actually there are too many variations within Indian cuisine to list here. But there are also some distinctive similarities. Most of these similarities arise in the method of cooking as well as in the constitution of a full meal.
I enjoy creating and adapting recipes of Indian food. In the next few posts, I will publish some of my favorite recipes. Feel free to leave a comment or query. I respond, always.
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