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India is a land of diversity and it reflects very clearly in the Indian cuisine. India is home to one of the most ancient civilizations of the world, which has seen the rule of hindu kings like Chandragupta Maurya and Ashoka the Great, the Mughals and Afghans and the British. In addition to it are the regional influences of Portuguese and French. Every religion and region has contributed to the diversity of the Indian cuisine.

The number of regional cuisines of India are more than the entire European cuisines combined. The vedic period brought the concept of vegetarianism which is still the mainstay of the indian food habits. India has always been exposed to the influence of the mongols, arabs, persians, turks, etc which had a great contribution to the Indian culinary habits. The Mughal rule brought with it the Mughlai cuisine, rich with a variety of non-vegetarian dishes. Although south was less affected by the foreign influences, the rule of Nizams of Hyderabad led to an entirely different and exotic cuisine called the Hyderabadi cuisine, who's most famous dish is the Hyderabadi biryani. The Portuguese rule in Goa had a great impact on the Malvani cuisine of the Konkan region. The south Indian dishes have a large use of coconut and spices. The Maharashtrian and Gujrati cuisine is predominantly vegetarian. Bengal has a large variety of fish based dishes but it is most famous for its sweets. Punjab, Haryana and UttarPradesh are the major wheat producing regions and the dishes tend to be wheat based. Punjab is also famous for its milk products and chicken dishes, butter chicken being the most famous. Uttar Pradesh, specially Lucknow has seen a great influence of the Nawabi culture and boasts of a large variety of mutton based non-vegetarian dishes. The exotic Kashmiri cuisine has a large variety of non-vegetarian dishes and has a flavor very distinct from the other regional cuisines.

Indian food makes use of a large variety of spices. Although the majority of dishes are vegetarian, the cuisine boasts of a huge array of non-vegetarian dishes. Off late, the Indian curry has gained a huge popularity in the west. Although they tend to be rich and spicy, the staple food of the Indians is seldom so. Indians consume a lot of different lentils and pulses eaten with a variety of breads, rice and vegetables. They are not very hot and spicy. Although there are many myths associated with Indian dishes, it is still one of the most celebrated cuisines of the world and truly worth exploring.


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Dal moth is a spicy and crispy snack made from gram flour, asafoetida, turmeric powder, chili powder, moong, sugar, amchur, oil and salt. Its delicious and is popular as an anytime snack or serves as a very good tea snack. [See Recipe]

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