For the better part, when someone thinks Indian food the first few words that come to mind include hot, spicy, oily, curry powder laden and time consuming meals. However, that is not what Indian cuisine is about. In fact, Indian cuisine has evolved over centuries and come to be one of the most enjoyed cuisines worldwide. It offers nutritional benefits by including an assortment of carbohydrates, proteins and fats into the meals while supplementing them with an array of spices like ginger, garlic and turmeric that offer medicinal and healing properties.
To make true sense of what traditional Indian cuisine has to offer, here we demystify some common myths associated with this cuisine:
All Indian food is hot and spicy: For many people hot and spicy is synonymous with Indian food but that is not true. Spicing up dishes with the use of chillies is an option and a matter of preference. Where it may become too overwhelming the spices can be easily modified without changing the taste of the original dish. And to think that it is only spices which give flavor to Indian food is another illusion. It is in fact, the blending of spices that is used artfully to enhance a meal’s appeal, not overpower it by throwing in a handful of different spices.
All Indian food is oily and unhealthy: Another unfair judgement, not all Indian food is oily. Dishes may just as easily be prepared with a minimum amount of oil as with more. This holds true of any type of cooking worldwide. In fact, there are many dishes on an Indian menu that are cooked by boiling, steaming, roasting, grilling and other methods that do not require a lot of oil when preparing a meal.
Likewise to relegate Indian food as unhealthy is another common myth. When observed closely, Indian cuisine is perhaps one of those cuisines that use a huge variety of vegetables in its recipes. Vegetables can be cooked in a variety of ways to retain their nutritional value and freshness. Incorporating nutrition by including vegetables in most of its dishes is a rather effective way to get the most out of these greens.
All Indian food is difficult to cook: This verdict is perhaps passed by those who have never attempted to cook Indian food. True that some of the traditional dishes can be more time consuming than others but not all cooking is done that way. If anything, popular Indian dishes like Tandoori Chicken are not too different from the hugely popular BBQ chicken, are Tikkas are just the Indian name for boneless grilled chicken pieces.
Curry powder is the basis of all Indian cooking: Every cuisine has its own key ingredient and typically, curry powder implies Indian food to many. Curry powder is added to dishes to enhance their aroma and flavor. This all important ingredient can be minimized where needed and while some people find the smell of curry powder to be offensive, many others will revel in its aroma.
So ditch the myths and enjoy one of the most delectable cuisines that the food world has to offer.
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