“Food is for eating, and good food is to be enjoyed… I think food is, actually, very beautiful in itself.” -Delia Smith
There is nothing better than indulging in culinary treats with cherished friends. Whether you are eating carbonara from Italy, paella from Spain, gyros from Greece, enchiladas from Mexico, pad thai from Thailand, ramen from Japan or chicken tikka from India a great meal has the power to reunite friends and incite meaningful conversations.
While having this gorgeous dinner parties it is important to cook traditional food with fresh ingredients.
Whilst there are many recipes all over the internet for delicious meals that become conversation starters at luncheons or dinner parties, some of them are not as typical or traditional as we thought.
It would be a shame to a host a traditionally themed party and serve food that is anything but authentic.
Indian cuisine recipes, restaurants and food stands have been common throughout the UK for the past 200 years. Although Indian takeaway serves over 2.5 million British customers per week, an individual is never certain if the food they are ordering is traditional until they do some research and learn some recipes.
Superprof is here to show residents of the United Kingdom what is typical Indian food from the North, East, South and West of India. Your authentic culinary tour around India starts now!
Aloo samosas are typical from the North of India and beloved all over the world! (Source: Visual Hunt)
Northern India is set in a breathtaking location near the Himalayas and Indus-Gangetic Plain featuring breathtaking views, temples and scenery. Containing the states and territories of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Chandigarh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, Northern India is geographically huge.
Residents of this area speak some of the four official languages, Hindi, Urdu, English and Punjabi.
Like all areas in India, the North is known for its divine cuisine. Northern dishes are the most popular and widely served in Indian restaurants around the world.
North Indian cuisine includes a lot of savoury meats, vegetables, dals and yoghurts. Since wheat is produced in industrial quantities in this area, naan, tandoori rotis and chapatis are accompanied with almost every meal.
Without further ado, here are some of the most popular and traditional dishes from Northern India:
In order to know if you are cooking traditional Northern Indian cuisine, it is recommended to follow recipes from reputable sites and read blogs from natives of that area.
Sweet, creamy and spongy, a rasgulla is a favourite treat for those living in the East of India. (Source: Visual Hunt)
Eastern India consists of the states and territories of West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Natives of this area typically speak Bengali but other official languages such as Hindi, Odia and Urdu are also spoken.
With a total population of over 227 million, East India is an important cultural and economic area. Home to Cherrapunji, the city with the most rainfall in the world, it is an ideal climate to grow rice. Therefore, since there is such an abundance of rice it is a staple ingredient in dishes around Eastern India.
Green vegetables, fruits, mustard seeds, coconut, yoghurt and chillies are all common ingredients used in traditional Eastern Indian dishes.
The cities and towns located on the shore of the Bay of Bengal implement a lot of fish into their diets. Also, no other region in India can rival Eastern India’s love for sweets. The wide range of sweets and desserts is enough to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth!
Here are some of the most authentic recipes from Eastern India:
The three aforementioned recipes are simple, sweet and 100% authentic of Eastern India. Cooking typical Indian food has never been this accessible and easy!
Dosas are from the south of India but served in restaurants all over the country. Delicious with a simple chutney. (Source: Visual Hunt)
Southern India consists of eight states and territories that occupy a total area of 19% of India’s geographic territory. The region known as the South of India is surrounded by water everywhere, the Indian Ocean in the South, the Bay of Bengal in the East and the Arabian Sea in West.
Due to this fact, a lot of typical dishes in this region contain fish and seafood. The weather is humid and a lot of fresh fruit, vegetables and rice are grown in this area. Chettinadu is infamous for being India’s most fiery cuisine and the dishes are mostly vegetarian.
In the South of India, no meal is complete without rice, idlis (small steam cakes made from rice batter) and dal.
Here are some of the most typical food recipes featured in Southern India:
The spices, flavours and distinct food preparations from different regions, truly make the Indian culinary experience a unique one!
Western India is located on the Arabian Sea and consists of states and territories such as Goa, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. Mumbai is the most populous city in this region with over 18.4 million inhabitants.
The western area of India is stricken by a hot and dry climate. Therefore, most vegetables are preserved and eaten as pickles or chutney. Peanuts and coconuts are frequently used in dishes since they are readily available.
Since Hinduism is extremely common in these states, many of the inhabitants are vegetarian.
The Gujaratis love to indulge in snacks and they are collectively known as Farsan. Goa is this region’s smallest state but far from being the least important in culinary terms. The previous Portuguese influence has left its mark on certain dishes and seafood and fish is commonly used in this area.
Let’s now take a look at Western India’s most typical and iconic dishes:
Traditional Indian cooking is complex, flavourful and full of spices. The recipes and dishes we considered today are completely authentic and ridiculously delicious. Try making one of these recipes for your next Indian themed dinner party to truly wow your guests!