Sumptuous and Easy Indian Recipes

Indian cooking is loved and adored all over the world. Indian foods regardless of the excess oil or excess spice always taste best.

However any person living abroad or living alone in a new city are always in need of easy recipes. In this fast paced world, shortage of time has created the need of quick and easy to be cooked recipes.

People living in northern India love their cholay bhaturay, samosa or parathas. While someone living in down south of India, love their food like steam idlee, dosa-sambar, vada’s. The people living in eastern part of India love fish and pickled bamboos. Whereas in the western part of Indian, people love red chilly and use it generously over kadi(curd curry), rajma etc.

What comes to mind when you think of Indian cooking? Most definitely it would be the elaborate preparation with cooking time of 1 hour and above. The many different spices that need grinding down to fine powder or made into a paste. One might be using lots of ghee (clarified butter) for deep frying or red chilies for tempering. Well, one may be in for a surprise, as Indian recipes not necessarily require too much time or spice.

The Indian recipes are heavily influenced with seasons and weather conditions. The changes in the language and the region also affect the change in food habits. For example if one is living in a cold region like Himachal Pradesh, he would like to eat something hot and spicy. Ideally hot palak (spinach) pakoras or momos (Indian version of pasta) are the easy recipes one could make in short time. The people in cold areas like to eat more red chilly as that helps to keep them warm during cold months. Pakoras are made of vegetables that are dipped in batter and then deep fried. One could use bread, potatoes or any locally available vegetable along with seasoning and deep fry for a quick sumptuous delight.

The people living in the coastal areas such as Chennai,Maharashtra, Goa or even West Bengal love eating fish. Fish Fry made with dried fish and seasoning is fried in oil and served with rice or baigan (aubergines) fry are some easy recipes that can be prepared in matter of minutes.

The people living in the northern region of India such as Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan like to eat buttery parathas. The parathas are available in various forms likealooparatha, gobi paratha, etc. These easy recipes are often served with chutneys (sauce) and extra butter on demand. The Indian tradition of wives serving hot paratha to their husbands and children is said to be the secret of a happy family.

One might come across usage of many spices in the Indian recipes such as cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper turmeric ginger etc. Spices are not only used for flavoring the Indian recipes but are beneficial for health as well. Spices like cardamom helps in bad breath and aids digestion and turmeric is used for coloring as well as good to apply over wounds. Ginger and garlic help to fight against cold and cough. While mustard seed or mustard oil is a good source of iron, manganese and magnesium.

A quick tempering of green chilies, mustard and curry leaves over steamed dhoklas (kind of puff cakes) are some of the easy recipes one could make at home in minutes.

Indians like to deep fry their food which gives that extra crispiness and flavor to the food. Hence it would be wise if one leaves their calorie count at home before gorging down great Indian recipes.

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