The world is divided by borders, indeed! But do you know what brings us all
together? Food! Isn’t it? We all love food, and most of us like to explore
different cuisines of the world for the same reason. Thankfully, for us,
restaurants have made this easier. By offering foods from different cuisines of
the world, they have helped us experience various tastes to satisfy our taste
buds. One of such cuisines which always excites my taste buds is Indian cuisine. I
will share with you in detail about the beauty of Indian cuisine in this
article.

Origin and Adaptations of Indian Cuisine-

Indian cuisine is especially known for its spices and grains. It involves
vegetarian on a large scale. There are some foods that have been inspired by
places like Persia, Ancient Greece, Mongols, and West Asia. The items like
chillies, pepper, tomatoes, potatoes and squash have been introduced by Arab
and Portuguese traders.

Sesame, Eggplant and humped cattle were introduced in Indus Valley during
7000 BC. Due to Indias’ rich foresting and agricultural culture during the Vedic
period, most of the dishes. Indians highly believed in Ahimsa, which led
Indians to follow a mostly vegetarian diet.

According to Ayurveda, the food was
classified in three categories like Saatvic (pure), rajasic (active and
passionate) or tamasic (heavy, dull, slow, gluttonous) which were said to have
a powerful effect on both the body and the mind.

 During the Islamic conquest of
medieval India, the introduction of fruits such as melons, peaches, apricots,
and plums,
and pilaffs, rich gravies and non-vegetarian fare such as kebabs, giving rise
to Mughlai cuisine happened. The Mughals were great fans of cooking; sumptuous
dishes were prepared during the reigns of Jahangir and Shah Jahan.

When blending of Mughlai and Telangana cuisines took place in the kitchens
of the Nizams, historical rulers of Hyderabad State, it resulted in the
creation of Hyderabadi biryani, a traditional celebratory
the meal made using mutton or goat meat or chicken,
basmati rice, yoghurt, onions, and
spices, considered by many connoisseurs to be one of the finest of the main
dishes in India till date. The British introduced European recipes and cooking
techniques like baking which we all love.

Staples and spices-

Apart from these, the staples of Indian cuisine are
quite famous like atta (whole wheat flour), rice, and a
variety of pulses like masoor(red lentil), toor (pigeon
pea or yellow gram), urad (black
gram),  chana (Bengal gram),
and mung (green gram).

Indian curries are mostly fried in vegetable oil.
In North and West Indian region, groundnut oil has been primarily used for
frying, while in Eastern Indian region, mustard oil is more commonly used. In the
South Indian region, coconut oil and sesame oil are standard. In recent times, sunflower oil and soybean oil have
gained popularity all over India. Hydrogenated vegetable oil, highly known as
Vanaspati ghee is also a highly used cooking medium that replaces Desi ghee.

The most essential and most frequently used spices in Indian cuisine are
chilli, black mustard seed, cumin,
pepper, turmeric, fenugreek, asafoetida, ginger, and garlic. A
trendy spice mix is a garam masala which is usually a powder of five or more
dried spices, commonly comprised of cinnamon,
cardamom,  and clove.

Every region has its own mix of
Garam Masala. One such is Goda Masala which is a popular spice mix in
Maharashtra. Leaves like tejpat,
coriander leaf, fenugreek leaf and mint leaf are commonly used. The use
of curry leaves is something that is typical in all South Indian dishes. In
sweet dishes, saffron, cardamom, nutmeg, and rose petal essence are used.

There is more to say about Indian cuisine, and the
content is endless. Yet, I shall explain about beauty if Indian cuisine of each
region in-depth on an upcoming article.

 

 

 

 

Firstly I love eating and watching cooking videos which made me watch a series called “just add magic” only because they add some magic ingredients to make magic with food. I know it sounds stupid sometimes, but once you are completely into it you will love it!

**Remainder: Playing in the kitchen doesn’t include a volleyball nor a bat and ball.

And I meant to play with some ingredients to come with some delightful dish; only if you haven’t added much salt/sugar/spices!! And you don’t need to be a chef to make it yummy. It just takes a few minutes to get recipes from mom or grandma and probably from youtube as well!!

Well, I played in the kitchen, not for some time but for a long time especially during the lockdown period and only then I got to know that it helps to reduce stress, give much more energy even before eating it.

But before you start cooking, you got to make sure of somethings:

Set up your kitchen:

Make sure that you got all the right tools to make your food because you can’t make puri over dosa pan.

Self-criticism:

Well, the foremost thing to do is skip the self-criticism. Mistakes in the kitchen are compelled to happen but never fail to learn from it as well. Maybe you tried to bake a cake, and it was burned or overcooked, or may not be it hasn’t turned out as the ones shown in the video, or maybe you got a little heavy-handed with the baking soda because you thought you didn’t need to measure out one teaspoon. Then your food was a little bit overcooked. It happens to everyone! Remember, you’re not expected to make complicated meals a week after you start cooking or maybe never. So stop criticising and try making yummy cakes day after the other day, but don’t stop making cakes!

Know the basics:

Knowing some basic cooking methods will make your life significantly easier. If you know how to make the perfect rice, saute vegetables, then you’ve got multiple meals you can make! And moms make the recipes in a way better if you are making them. Try not to miss their suggestions.

Pick your favorites:

When I wanted to cook something delicious, I always make sure that I’m in love with it. Even the food I make mostly has cakes, pasta, dosa and some spicy foods that make me say ummm…..yummmyyyy!!! So make sure you have your favourite dish on the list. But never make them every single week.

Don’t fail to do an Experiment :

Found a new recipe? Never fail to try it. New vegetables or different cooking methods. Change your cooking methods like steam, saute, bake, roast etc. Alter sides and flavourings; try different spices, try with a new vegetable. But be sure that you have something other than this dish as we all know that some firsts don’t taste as good as they look. Never fail to keep an open mind.

I know that cooking is not something that everyone enjoys, but once you start cooking, you will feel like making more and more. The magic in cooking is that it just makes you feel so pleasant even if there is so much sweat on your face and all the stress we had fly’s away like dust particles with the wind.

Not so convinced right? Check out how.

Sometimes, breaking through your stress is as simple as reasserting your dominance at the top of the food chain. Confused? It’s just like chopping vegetables, and butchering hens can take the edge off of the most stressful times. Had the worst fight with your boss? Imagine that onion is his face and chop it into how many pieces you want to.

Conclusion:

Next time when you had a terrible day at the office, pick up a solid knife and fresh veggies and chop them as finely as needed. Cooking is a hobby that eases you, and that has the bonus of being nourishing, too. Skip the social media, gossiping, and so many blahs for relaxing. And get eased with the old-fashioned way: in front of the stove.

It’s already been seven month of lockdown and obviously most of us got bored of watching series. Many are searching for the good books to catchup in the lockdown. Reading is one of the best methods to ease your mind and plunge into an all-encompassing story. Whether it’s before the bed to relax or throughout your day to fill the time, reading is an enjoyable hobby that everyone can partake. Let’s dive into some interesting books you can give a try in the lockdown. With some ancient, some latest, and some in-between, you will be able to find an excellent literary option for your flavors.

Steal Like an Artist:

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“Steal Like an Artist” by Austin is essential and required reading for all the artists, despite the type of art you create. This eye-catching little book, visually stimulating read, “Steal Like an Artist” is an excellent pick. This square book makes a perfect addition to any coffee table with its attractive, minimalist look and small size. It’s one of the best-picked books of 2020 with its hopeful message. Moreover, It’s a quick read that you can complete in one session, but the advice and ideas it holds will stay with you long after you have set it down.

Some of the Austin’s ideas will validate on what you’re already doing; some will stimulate you to change a creative practice centrally; others will encourage you to grab a notebook and get to act immediately.

Sita’s Sister:

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“Sita’s Sister” from the Indian author Kavita Kane, is about Urmila, the ignored wife of Lakshman, Sita’s sister and one of the most excused characters in the Ramayana. It is a brave re-creation of mythology, which presents us with a subaltern perspective. It seems to be addressed in response to Lakshman’s question – “O Urmila! Will the world ever know of your emotional pain, your eternal sacrifice?” yet it is not just her variant.

It goes with a brilliant narration about the best rendition to Ramayan from the worst-hit woman of Ramayan. Urmila has got all in her as tones, muted over the canvas of living. She is portrayed as a fierce princess in love, joyful bride, anxious wife and determined woman who did not try to impose herself on her husband to become his distraction.

If you are in search of knowing the stories of some overlooked female characters in mythology then books by Kavita are the best suggestions to catchup in the lockdown.

State Of Wonder:

books to read during lockdown

“State Of Wonder” by Ann Patchett is the novel that makes you refuse to move until you finish the entire chapter even though you made your mind not to get deep into it.

It feels mystical when a story takes you into the intensities of the Amazon rain forest of Brazil, where the civilization doesn’t exist ( tribes and their cultures are what does). Moreover, it becomes much interesting because it all about the two doctors, both females are entwined in a medical research mystery. Though the end was a bit rushed, the entire story is so dazzling, and it’s like a meaty collection of ethical questions.

*This book is shortlisted for orange books 2012.

A Man Called Ove:

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If you feel like catching up with a book of comedy and solitude, then the best choice would be “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman. It all about how an irritable yet loveable man finds his solitary world changed on its head when a boisterous modern family moves in next door. Fredrik explains on the point of “how healing can happen with the strangest people in the strangest ways”, in a fantastic way!

Born a Crime:

books to read during lockdown

“Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah, is about his life growing up as a mixed-race child in pre-apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa. It also includes the story of that child’s relationship with his bold, revolutionary, and fervently religious mother; whose is his teammate so determined to save her son from the circle of violence, poverty and abuse. It gives insights of abusement during apartheid as marriage, and sexual relations between black and white South Africans were illegal.

But in the end, be prepared to fall just a little bit in love with his loving mother. And one can easily believe that “the quickest and impactful way to bridge the race gap is by the language” after reading this book.

These are few suggestions and yet more to come in future. It’s your turn to catch up with these good reads to make your day go smoothly with a little warmth, little love, little sadness, comedy and finally a wholesome peace of mind.

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