We know a thing or two about Indian food. It’s our trade – a craft we have perfected over generations of experience.
And chances are (since you’re here on this website) that you have an interest in our cuisine. Well, it’s a lot more than just really tasty food. There is a rich culture and history that we’re going to continue to explore today.
Take a look at our previous ten interesting facts, and enjoy another five right here.
1. India has the lowest meat consumption per person
Steamed what? When it comes to vegetables, if you do them well, they can be just as (if not more) delicious than their meat counterparts. The mouthwatering blend of spices really bring out the flavour of many vegetables in our dishes. This is the same over in India, since, as much as 30-40% of its population follows a lifelong vegetarian diet.
2. Water doesn’t alleviate chilli burn
As you may have seen in our previous blog, India is the proud owner of some of the hottest chillis on the planet. Now, before you reach for that glass of water to alleviate the burn, that won’t help at all! What you should actually do is drink (or eat) something that contains dairy, such as milk or ice cream, as they act as a alkaline to the acidic burn of the chilli.
3. A diet nearly 10,000 years in the making
Many international cuisines are old, but few are as old as Indian, as the grains and legumes we continue to eat have been a part of the Indian diet from about 6,000 BCE. So when you eat the likes of lentils, rice and pearl millet, always remember where it came from.
4. The three categories of food
According to India’s ancient medicinal system, food was split into three categories. You have Satvic (mostly natural foods like vegetables), which are considered to be calming, possessing purifying elements of the body and mind. Rajasic is spicy, oily, salty or bitter foods, which they believed drives ambition, competitiveness and egotistic pursuits. Finally, you have Tamasic food – overly processed food that was seen to have negative effects on both mind and body.
5. The Samosa is NOT Indian
This incredible small bite is an explosion of amazing flavours, which we usually accompany with a beautiful chaat masala. When you talk to other people about samosas, they may automatically assume it’s an Indian specialty. But while we have made this type of food our own, you may be surprised to know that it didn’t actually start as an Indian staple. It’s history originates in the Middle East and Central Asia, where it moved to the Africas and Western China in the 9th century. It would be at the turn of the 10th century when India started to become accustomed to Samosas!