A short introduction to Indian Cuisine
India is definitely one place where you will find uncountable vegetarian and a lot of vegan dishes. Most people from different parts of the world do not know that the culture changes with every state in India. The food habits change with the mixture of soil types, climate and occupation and dishes are prepared according to the availability of spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits in particular region.
Rajsthan food is one of my favories. It does not include fresh veggies mainly because these people need to store the food due to very little agricultural land in the state. They prepare lovely dishes using lentils and grains. Daal-baati and gatta curry are my favories amoungst those.
In Andaman and Nicobar Islands, sea-food is the main cuisine apart from few fruits. If you are a vegan or a vegetarian, it is a good idea to carry some food with you when you go visiting this region. There is little agriculture and most food is imported from other states.
Andhra Pradesh offers a mixture of Telgu cuisine and Hyderabad cuisine. Hyderabad is famous for biryani (rice cooked with veggies) and a huge variety of pickles. Vegan alert: They add yogurt to almost every dish or keep it at the side.
Indian recipes can be a little harder to cook but the effort is worth it. There is a bigger variety of Indian curries that one can imagine. Chapatti, naan and paratha are that breads that are served with curries. Maharashtra is famous for its unique style of pread called pav which goes with almost everything you can possibly eat.
Coming to snacks, the best snack that goes with tea is samosa, a triangular deep fried patty filled with mixture of potato, vegetable or lentils etc. There are numerous others and I think I will need an entire post to describe each. For desserts of course we have Kristo's favorite gulaab jamuns, and gajar halwa (sweetened grated carrots).
Well, these are just names, I promise to share the vegan recipes pretty soon. Do vote and comment on this post if you like it. You can also follow me to get updates every time I post.