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10 Interesting Facts Related To Indian Food By Bowler’s Den
India is rightly called the Land of Spices. No country in the world produces as many varieties of spices as India.
Greek, Roman and Arab traders have contributed a lot to the first foreign flavors in Indian cuisine. Who did you think brought the amazing saffron to India?
Staple ingredients of Indian cuisine like potato, tomato and chili don't have Indian origin. They were brought to India by the Portuguese.
Not only this, the Portuguese also introduced us to refined sugar. Before that? Fruits and honey were used as sweeteners in Indian food.
Here comes a blow! Our very favorite Chicken Tikka Masala, a popular dish in India, is not Indian. It was invented in Glasgow, Scotland!
The first Indian restaurant in the USA was opened in the mid 1960s. Today, there are around 80,000 Indian restaurants in America.
According to Indian Food Theory, our food has 6 different flavors: sweet, salty, bitter, sour, astringent and spicy.
Who doesn't like chutneys? Indian food is incomplete without this delicious side dish. But do you know the Britishers loved our chutneys as much as we do? In fact, they named one of the chutneys as 'Major Grey's'. It is still sold in India and is quite famous.
Mithais are an important part of Indian cuisine and celebrations. Payasam, one of the favorite sweet dishes of South India, is a must-serve at important ceremonies like weddings. According to South Indian tradition, a wedding is not over until Payasam is served.