Top ten facts you (probably) didn’t know about Indian food
Indian food has become a real staple of British society over the past few decades. A tasty, fragrant curry is one of the nation’s favourite dishes, and we all have our favourites on what to order and enjoy when dining out. Indian food is as varies as it is delicious, and there’s a wealth of interesting facts that you probably didn’t know about Indian food. Read out top ten facts about Indian food here:
1. Chicken tikka masala, one of the most popular curry dishes in the UK, is not actually an Indian dish! In actual fact it comes from a lot closer to home and was created in Glasgow, Scotland.
2. According to Indian Food Theory, there are six different tastes that make up our palette. These are sweet, sour, salty, spicy bitter and astringent.
3. Over 70% of the world’s spices come from India.
4. Each of the 28 regions across India use their own particular ingredients when cooking- as well as different spices and cooking methods. This gives each region its own unique taste.
5. We all know what curry is, but do you know what it’s actually made of? A typical curry is a blend of cinnamon, tamarind, cloves, cumin, cardamom and garam masala. Obviously, the application of these spices differs from dish to dish.
6. In the UK, one in seven curries that are sold is a chicken tikka masala, which makes it Britain’s favourite Indian dish.
7. India is home to the bhut jolokia, which is one of the hottest chillies in the world. More popularly known as the “ghost chilli pepper”, it grows in Assam, Nagaland and Manipur and is rated at over 1 million Scovile heat units!
8. Staple ingredients of Indian cuisine- such as chilli, tomato and potato- don’t originate from India, and they were brought to India by the Portuguese.
9. The Indian food of today can be tracked back to the days of the Harappan civilization, which was over 5,000 years ago!
10. India produces a bigger variety of spices than any other country in the world.