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11-07-07, 12:11 AM
Indian Food is of different kinds depending on the region you are talking about. Eastern, Western, Northern and Southern cuisines are the broad divisions we can make, however all are related by the similar usage of spices and the use of a greater variety of vegetables than many other cuisine. Indian Food has been effected to a large extend by religious and caste restrictions, weather, geography and the impact of foreigners. The influences are so conspicuous in the eating habits of Indians of different states. For example, Brahmins and Jains are strict vegetarians but in the coastal states of West Bengal Brahmins consume a lot of fish. South Indians have been more orthodox in their food habits, maybe because they have not had as much foreign invasion as the North. It could also probably be because eating meat when it is hot all year round can be difficult. In the North, the weather varies from a scorching heat to a nail-biting cold, with a sprinkling of showers in between. So, the food here is quite rich and heavy. The Mughal influence could have also been one of the main reasons which resulted in meat-eating habits among many North Indians. Also, a variety of flours are used to make different types of breads like chapathis, rotis, phulkas, puris and naan. In the arid areas of Rajasthan, a great variety of dals and preserves are used to substitute the lack of fresh vegetables and fruits. South Indian Food uses a lot of tamarind to impart sourness to a dish, whereas in certain regions food can be really chili-hot. It is believed that a hot and spicy curry may be one of the best ways to combat the flu virus!

From, ancient times Indian Food has been on principle, divided into the Satwik and Rajasik kinds. The former was the food of the higher castes like the Brahmins and was supposed to be more inclined towards spirituality and health. It included vegetables and fruits The stricter Brahmins and Jains do not eat onions, garlic, root vegetables and mushrooms. The more liberal Rajsik food allowed eating just about anything under the sun, with the exception of beef. The warrior-kings like the Rajputs whose main requirements were strength and power ate this food. This food was mainly meant for the ruling class and the armies. However after Christianity and Islam spread the influence of the food of foreigners are very clearly seen in the food habits of these communities. So today, Indian Food has so much to offer every kind of palate. In fact it is food exceptional.

12-10-07, 12:53 PM
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