What to eat in India: a beginner’s guide.
Nothing better than being transported by the aromas and the taste of Indian cuisine. The cuisine of a country is the perfect way, not only to enjoy a good meal, but also to know the culture and customs of the place you are traveling to. But if you are still not heading to India, you can always start in an Indian restaurant near you.
But first of all, we want to explain what Indian cuisine is like and what kind of food you are going to try. In India, the first thing that attracts attention is the taste of spices and condiments, always perfectly combined to enhance the delicious taste of the dishes. Some of the most characteristic Indian flavors are cayenne, clove, ginger, cardamom or saffron. With a mixture of these and other spices you get the famous garam masala or the curries that, after all, are the perfect blend of various condiments.
Yes, let's break a myth: curry is not curry. Let us explain: the word curry comes from the word kari meaning pepper, which the English "adopted" to define any dish with spicy sauces, which are called masala here.
And what about the curry you buy at the supermarket? It was "invented" by the English settlers who returned home after having lived (and eaten) in India ... they missed the taste of that exotic land and looked for a remedy for it.
In Indian cuisine you will find all kinds of stews and also use a lot of vegetables, rice and vegetables, always with curries or masalas. A truly exotic flavor that is sometimes accompanied by chai (tea), one of the country's flagship drinks that is also served with spices and aromatic herbs.
You can start this journey to India with the typical vegetarian samosas, pasties with a potato filling accompanied by vegetables. The texture of the outer dough is very crispy and is served fried. Or you can choose the onion bhajis, an absolute must as a starter for an Indian meal. They are tasty little onion balls bound together with lightly spiced and fragrant chickpea flour batter.
If we have to talk about cooking styles, our favorite is the tandoori without doubts, by which we carry our name. Tandoor means clay oven and is cooked with wood and charcoal. You can try any of the mains of our delicious Tandoori grill, especially the chicken tikka, which has been marinated with yogurt and a tandoori type masala (which has garlic, salt and cilantro combined) with ginger, nutmeg and other spices).
To have a typical Indian meal, don’t forget the rice or bread. Wheat is the base of the feeding of the north of the country, and the rice of the south. Although on both sides they meet each other (but we would always prefer our varieties of Naan).
No food journey is complete without the dessert. Try our favorite gulab jamun. They are balls of dough of flour fried and bathed with rose liquor, plus ice cream… simply delicious!