India is famous for the wonderful flavours of the exotic dishes it produces. From tasty chutneys and spicy curry to sweet chai and rose flavoured desserts, India has very unique style of cooking and using spices and herbs for an explosive flavour.
While dining in India it quickly becomes evident that something is missing from the table setting: cutlery! There are many reasons why Indians eat with their hands. First, many eat with their hands because they think it is in fact cleaner to eat with fingers than with a fork or spoon. They know where their hands have been and they wash thoroughly before and after meals. Others believe that interacting with their food, not only by smelling, tasting and seeing it but also feeling it, is all part of the experience of eating. (Also it’s kind of fun!)
India is a large country, so naturally the food varies in different regions of India. In the south, the food is generally unbearably spicy compared to the north. There are also often more vegetarians in the south. Along the coast lines seafood dishes are more popular, whereas in the jungles of India many tropical fruits can be found such as: mango, banana, coconut, guava and papaya.
My favourite recipe I learned while living in India is to make Masala Chai. Follow my recipe to try it out! What you will need for two mugs of Chai:
– 2 heaping tablespoons of loose leaf black tea.
– 2 cups of milk
– ½ cup of water
– 2 tablespoons of sugar
– 3 teaspoons of fresh ginger (chopped)
– Cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom to taste (I prefer chai with ginger only)
Heat saucepan with milk and water on stove on medium high for about three minutes. Add the tealeaves and stir until milk becomes a desirable colour. Add sugar and ginger and spices. Bring to boil then remove from heat and strain into mugs. Enjoy!
P.S. If you want a chance to try some delicious Indian dishes, desserts, and chai come to our Indian Dinner Fundraiser! More info here.
— Julia Kutyn