Indian Food and Cuisine
Indian food is characterized by a broad range of spices and flavors that may seem hard to replicate, but cooking Indian food at home can be simple. Use this Indian Food and Cuisine Web Guide to find traditional Indian recipes, and stock your kitchen with the necessary herbs and spices. Not interested in preparing your own curry and masala? Not a problem: The Indian Food and Cuisine Web Guide shows you where to find local Indian restaurants or delivery services.
Get an overview of the cuisine of India, learn the cultural significance of certain foods and discover how Indian food is prepared and served. You’ll also learn the history of Indian food and how it is typically enjoyed.
- Learn more about the history of Indian food with "A Historical Dictionary of Indian Food.”
- One form of the Indian diet is to eat according to Ayurvedic guidelines, which vary by season and individual. To learn more, read an overview of Ayurvedic principles from the National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine.
- If you’re interested in learning more about India from a cultural or travel perspective, visit findingDulcinea’s India Travel Web Guide.
Plenty of sites make it possible to create Indian recipes in your own home. The following resources teach you the basics of Indian cooking, with recipes that highlight the herbs and spices that make Indian food so distinctive. In addition to Indian recipes, you’ll also find lots of Indian cooking techniques.
- If you’d like to stock your kitchen with some Indian cookbooks, try "My Bombay Kitchen: Traditional and Modern Parsi Home Cooking,” or "Madhur Jaffrey’s Quick & Easy Indian Cooking.”
- If you encounter an indian recipe that uses the metric system, or are missing an ingredient and need a quick substitution, use this food conversions and substitutions list.
- As you read these recipes, you may come across words or ingredients unfamiliar to you. Look at this glossary of Indian foods to clarify any questions.
Buying Indian food online has never been easier. If you can’t find a necessary spice at your local supermarket, you’re likely to find what you need from these Indian-specific food retailers.
- Health food stores are a great resource for ethnic cuisine ingredients. Premade Indian bread mixes, ghee and oils, and spices are often available.
- If you want to get Indian food delivery, visit findingDulcinea’s Restaurants Web Guide and see the “Ordering In” section to locate an Indian restaurant in your area.