There Is a Surprising Fact about Indian Food and It Will Astonish You
Who doesn’t like Indian food? Everyone does. The lip-smacking curries and that chicken tikka masala has taken the world by storm and is sold in almost every country in the world. Incidentally did you know that one of Britain’s national dishes is Chicken Tikka Masala? That’s true. But staying on topic, we came across a very interesting article regarding Indian food written by a freelance travel writer Yasawini
An Indian meal being prepared in true Indian culinary tradition surprisingly does not include potatoes When the journalist visited one of Mumbai’s kitchens to watch an ancient Indian meal being prepared for her family in old utensils made of baked clay, she was engrossed in the process.’ The utensils were
also made from wood, metal and leaves and they were spread across the kitchen. The unique factor about the preparation was that cooks would be using only ingredients native to India. Contrary to the fact of potatoes being a staple in India, it would be missing from the dish because potatoes after all came from South America and chilies from Mexico.
1No cauliflower, cabbage or peas either, but why?
One of the cooks also mentioned that there would not be any cauliflower, cabbages or carrots. Neither would there be any peas. How would they prepare the meal then? It was meant to be an elaborate
feasts because it was to mark a ceremony called a Shraddha which is held after a week or so in memory of someone who has just passed away. Much like a wake, an Indian Shraddha is a grand affair centered only around a ritual, prayers and a grand meal.
2The Shraddha is an important ritual meal
The Shradhha in question would feature a menu consisting of rice, a mulligatawny style saatramudu, rich kuzhambu gravy and a variety of snacks and vegetables. The shraddha is observed all over India where several guests are invited. The feast is said to feed the departed loved ones of a family. It is also
an existing symbol of every region’s culinary history. The menu will consist only of recipes and ingredients that existed in India for at least a millennium.
3Indian food that isn’t really Indian
Many know India’s culinary traditions as a country famous for tomatoes that make up its rich spicy gravies. But this was actually introduced by the Portuguese. The famous and popular Naan was
introduced by Central Asia and several assumed native ingredients were never native to India. Cauliflower, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots and peas now common ingredients in every India household that go into making a rich Korma are not actually Indian and this was what Yasawini found after research.
4Potatoes were introduced by the Dutch
Today there are several Indian recipes that will feature baked potatoes, roasted potatoes, even stuffed and fried potatoes. This will be found all over India but accounts found in late 18 th century say that potatoes were actually brought by the Dutch to India in order to cater to the European and the soldiers who accompanied them KT Acharaya, a food historian says that the famous chili that is such a mainstay for all Indian curries was actually came from Mexico and it was none other than Portuguese Explorer Vasco Da Gama who brought the spicy little thing to India. He went on to introduce this hot little spice that needed no rain
and could be grown in every part of the country just like pepper.