cuisine is as diverse as its culture. Food is an integral part
of India's culture, with cuisines differing according to
community, region, and state. With a population of over a
billion practicing different religions and speaking more than
14 different languages, each religion, region, and caste has
left own influence on Indian food.
Indian cuisine is characterized by a great variety of foods,
spices, and cooking techniques. In fact, Indian cuisine is
well known for its sophisticated use of spices and herbs.
food, culture, religion, and regional festivals are all closely
related. About 31% of Indians are vegetarians. Large sections of
India's Hindu and Jain communities have remained vegetarians for
centuries and this has also strongly influenced Indian cooking.
Many recipes first emerged when India was predominantly
inhabited by Vedic Hindus.
Unlike popular belief, not all Hindus are vegetarians.
Foreign invasion, especially the British, brought
non-vegetarianism to India.
Did you know ?
India has over 1 billion
inhabitants and 15 major languages !
Instead of multiple courses,
Indian meals are based around
rice or bread served with an
assortment of savory dishes.
In the South, meal is often
served on a large banana leaf.
Food is most often eaten
without cutlery, using instead the
fingers of the right hand.
Hands are washed carefully before
and after food. Most people in
India believe that eating with
their hands makes the food taste
A large portion of the
Indian population practice some form
of vegetarianism ó many
people of the Hindu and Sikh
communities donít eat any beef,
some don't eat any
meat at all and many donít eat meat, fish or