The Land of Spices, India boasts of several mouth-watering cuisines which delight the gourmet the world over no end. So much so that when they fail to find Indian food in their respective nations, they, taking the fabled Spice Route, travel to India on the spice trail to enjoy the various tasty and lip-smacking Indian cuisines.
In fact, the Indian curry has carved a name for itself on the food map of the world. From London to Libya, from Montreal to the Middle East–the food lovers simply love devouring the spicy and lip-smacking Indian food. The entire South East Asian region loves the spicy and hot Indian food and the local cuisines of the area show strong Indian influence.
This is not to suggest that Indian cuisines do not reflect foreign influence. Actually, the Indian food shows strong foreign influence especially of the Middle East, Central Asia, Mediterranean, and Europe (particularly Portugal and England). Tomato, chilies, and potato used generously and commonly in preparing the various food items in India were introduced to India by Portugal.
Clever and generous use of various spices such as chilies, black mustard, cumin, turmeric, fenugreek, ginger, coriander, asafetida, garlic, and clove distinguish the Indian food which is, interestingly, identified by its distinct aroma, flavor and color.
Earlier, majority of the Indians–mostly Buddhists, Jains, and the Hindus–were vegetarians due to religious reasons, but now a sizeable section of the country are non-vegetarians and relish non-vegetarian products such as chicken, eggs, fish and meat.
That’s why a variety of mouth-watering non-vegetarian food items such as chicken curry, butter chicken, chicken masala, fish curry, and prawn curry are prepared all over India and relished by people. Indian Butter chicken and chicken masala, in fact, have become popular all over the world. Butter chicken is now the national dish of the United Kingdom, and has replaced the nation’s former national dish, Fish & Chips.