What Indian Cuisine to Eat this Winter?

The chilly November is starting to set in and the wind is blowing colder and colder each passing day, winter is indeed coming. Seeking comfort from a thick blanket and a cup of coffee, something seems to be missing, food. When talking about the cold season, we often opt for a steaming bowl of soup but the shivering rain is also best for hot, tangy, and spicy foods. And when talking about hot and spicy food, Indian Cuisine is on the top of the list. There is a long list of Indian snacks and dishes that taste the best in winter, but below are handpicked just for you.

  1. Vegetable Samosa– nobody will object with samosa as the most popular snack of India. The triangular fried or baked dish comes with different variations of savory fillings that explode in your mouth. Samosa is best served with a cup of smoking hot tea making it a perfect combination for winter.

 

  1. Tandoori Mixed Grill– if you can’t decide on just one dish, how about having a little bit of everything. Chicken, lamb chops, shrimps, and vegetables mixed up with tandoori marinade and grilled. Isn’t it a perfect feast for a chilly day?
  1. Vindaloo Dishes– vindaloo is literally translated as meat in garlic wine marinade. It is a very popular chili and vinegar based flaming dish. You can choose from a variety of meat such as chicken, lamb, beef, pork, or vegetables for non-meat eaters. It often regarded as a fiery, spicy dish however it is not the spiciest but it surely is one of the most delicious ones.
  1. Chicken Tikka Masala– roasted chunks of chicken tikka in creamy, orange-colored spicy sauce. The sauce usually includes pureed tomatoes, coconut cream, and various spices. No more words to describe this famous curry. You have to taste it and see for yourself!

So if you happen to visit India for the winter season or you find an Indian restaurant near you, don’t hesitate to chomp down your preferred comfort food from the Indian cuisine and beat that chills.

Indian Spices: It is more than just the flavor

Spices are the very core of Indian cooking. The colorful and flavorful Indian cuisines that give off a mouthwatering aroma, what could be the secret behind? It’s no other than the Indian spices. The rich and exotic flavors these spices bring to any food can awaken the taste buds! But these spices do a lot more than spicing up your dishes these spices come with many health and medicinal benefits. It is not simply because Indian spices add flavor and nutrients to dishes without fat or calories, it goes beyond that.

Each spice contains different health benefits and understanding them will help you enhance home cooked meals that will meet the needs of the family members.

  1. Turmeric– a plant from the ginger family, with a bright yellow color, and a strong, and earthly taste. It gives a rich, zesty, and appetizing color to foods mostly curries and fish dishes. Researchers have shown that turmeric helps in minimizing liver damages, reduces toxins and helps the liver metabolize the fats and aids weight loss. The National Institute of Health found that the bright orange spice helps in treating arthritis, stomach pains, diarrhea, heartburns, intestinal gas, lost appetite, and stomach bloating. Moreover, turmeric serves as a tropical treatment for infected wounds, skin inflammation, and ringworm.
  2. Cumin– a flowering plant from the family of Apiaceae (parsley family) with seeds that is oval with ridges, a greenish-beige color, a nutty aroma, and bitter taste. It is usually dried-fried before use and can be grounded to a powder. Cumin is used as flavoring to rice stuffed veggies, and most savory dishes. Chewing a handful of cumin seeds after every meal can aid digestion and give relief from digestive problems. It has antiseptic properties that can ease common cold, fight flu by boosting the immune system. Cumin also contains a good amount of iron which can help reduce the chances of anemia.
  3. Ginger– a flowering plant with rhizomes that is widely used as spice has a sweet aroma and hot, strong taste. The inside is hard, woody, yellow, and fibrous. The root is often cooked after being peeled and grated.  It is used in sweet dishes, desserts, and spicy dishes such as hot curries and stir fries. Ginger is most commonly known for relieving colds, quick relieving effects on heartburn, upset stomach, nausea, and motion sickness. Due to its high level of gingerol, it is considered to be beneficial anti-inflammatory making it a natural remedy for headaches and minor body aches.
  4. Cinnamon– is the dried bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum. It has a sweet-tasting spice, and a warm, woody aroma that stimulates that senses yet calms the nerves. Whole cinnamon is used for drinks while the ground one is used for cakes, sweet dishes, fruit pies, and is perfect when combined with chicken. Research suggests that it might help regulate treatment for type 2 diabetes as it helps in digestion of sugar. With the anti-inflammatory property of cinnamon, it improves cardiovascular health, increase metabolic rate, and has antimicrobial effects.

These are just a few of the many spices that are oozing with health benefits. So the next time you cook a meal and is adding that spice, you can smile and think to yourself that you are not only making your dish delicious but also packing it with health benefits that are good for you and the people you are cooking for.

What makes Indian Cuisine Different?

“Indian food is a luxury on tour.” –Mahesh Bhupathi

At present, Indian foods do not only exist in India itself or its neighboring countries. The Indian Cuisine had become widespread and it can be found in almost any country. It had spread far and wide around the world influencing many dishes, creating a fusion of culture and flavor. But nothing beats the traditional flavor of Indian cuisines. Why so? What makes Indian cuisines different from others?

Researchers have shown that there is a scientific explanation as to why Indian cuisines are deliciously unique. Each recipe consists of at least seven ingredients of various flavors that explode in your mouth. The spices, in no question, add additional flavor and impact to the final product plus the traditional cooking technique matters too.

The interactive chart mad by Scientific Americans in 2013 will help you in determining which ingredients go well together. Western cooking creates an overlapping flavor similar Asian cooking that focuses more on harmonizing flavors.  But with Indian dishes, it’s more creative going with ingredients that don’t overlap at all such as ingredients that have a totally different taste spectrum from one another.

What makes it work together? Apparently, each ingredient has its own flavor and the chemicals inside mix well together at the molecular level giving the dish a distinct taste. As it turns out, when two ingredients have overlapping flavor, you are less likely to find both in an Indian dish. Adding the spices on top of it all creates a whole new world of flavor that only exists in Indian cuisine.

So what makes Indian cuisine different from the rest? It all lies in the pairing of ingredients. They don’t just settle for what clicks well together, instead, it goes beyond the usual pairing logic. Hence the next time you get bored of the usual dishes try the traditional fusion of flavors of the Indian cuisine, try experimenting with ingredients. Who knows what dish you’ll invent?

 

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