Kitchen Connection - Kitchen Connection Goes to: India
Indian Cuisine incorporates a variety of regional foods typified by region. The differences in various regional cuisines depend on the climatic conditions of the place. Soil, culture, occupation, and ethnic group play a critical role in determining the type of regional offerings to the table. India being a massively populated country captures traditions and foods from other cultures such as Portuguese, Europe, and North Asia, among other influences.
Dishes differ from each other based on recipes such as spices used, fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Trade relations in particular with Europe have heavily influenced the Indian cuisine on a large scale. Apart from influences from other cultures, religion also plays a critical in shaping and developing the India cuisine even into the 21st century. Potato functions as the signature food for Indian people, first introduced by the Portuguese.
Indian cuisine has not seen its last recipe yet, as the journey of the food continues to evolve even in contemporary times. The continuous cultural changes and trade relations with other countries in the world continue to shape the cooking aspect of India. Foreign invasion, colonialism, and trade come across as the three leading influences on Indian food.
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Capital: New Delhi
Largest City (ies): Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Karnataka, Ahmadabad
Culinary travel destination(s): Kerala, Sanganer, Candpole Darwaza, Jaipur & Natrag
Primary Language(s): Indo-Aryan and Dravidian
% Urban to Rural: 31% Urban vs. 69 % Rural
Primary Agricultural Exports: Rice, Sugar, Cotton, Soybeans, Corn, & Wheat
Population: 1, 173, 108, 018
*Food expenditure for one week: 39.27 U.S. Dollars
*Caloric intake available daily per person: 2,360
*Alcohol consumption per person: 2 Litres
*Obese population, male/female: 3.7% Male 4.2% Female
*Big Mac Price: 1.75 dollars
*Meat consumption per person per year: 5.2 kg
Prevalence of Hunger: Very High (via World Food Programme)
***Facts and Figures Via Hungry Planet
National Dish (es): No national dish, as each region has its distinct way of cooking
National Drink(s): Tea
Special Holiday Foods: Cakes, chicken, Potato dalnavada, Mashaladar, & Chole
Regional food differences: Goan Food, Punjab food, Bengali food & Gujarat food etc, based on seasons, religion, & production
Fun foodie facts: There, are at least 80,000 Indian restaurants in America today. India is the most diverse cuisine country in the world. Chicken Tikka is not Indian food despite its popularity in the country. Persian people introduced chicken Tikka in India.
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