Food facts: things you never knew about Indian food

Food facts: things you never knew about Indian food

Every single one of us have enjoyed a delicious Indian curry, but it’s questionable how much we actually know about Indian food and where it comes from. There is far more to Indian food than chicken tikka, chutneys and chillies. So, the time has come to test yourself, because we’ve put together some food facts that will certainly tickle your tastebuds.

  1. Instead of using the word “curry” in India, there are specific words that describe each curry dish due to its own regional characteristics.
  2. Each of the 28 regions in India have their own particular cooking methods, spices and curries. For example, in the north of India the food is far less spicy and it usually includes saffron, red and green chillies, ghee and yoghurt.
  3. Majority of Indian food concentrates on six particular tastes which are, sour, sweet, salty, bitter, spicy and sharp.
  4. Rice is eaten every single day in India and is definitely the country’s staple ingredient. Common rices to cook with are ponni, basmati and patna, which is a similar rice to basmati.
  5. Approximately one in seven curries sold in the UK is a chicken tikka masala. This makes the curry the most popular in the UK. Although, this so-called Indian dish is in fact from Scotland. It was a chef in Glasgow that invented the curry in the year of 1971.
  6. The biggest curry in the world was weighed in at 10.3 tonnes, and was made by UK curry chef Abdul Salam.
  7. One of the most popular Indian food ingredient is chili peppers. This is due to their amazing taste and numerous medical benefits. These benefits include combatting strokes and heart attacks.
  8. Interestingly there are more Indian restaurants in London than Mumbai.

So, next time you tuck into a delicious Indian curry, just remember that there is far more to Indian cuisine than you first thought.