Indian Food Recipes
Indian food recipes are a vast array of culinary influences from all over Asia.
Before writing anything about the recipes, first, we should know that the Indian kitchen varies significantly from south to north and east to west. However, most Indian food recipes are made from the same flavor combinations.
Almost all Indian food recipes are easy to make. Get the right supplies of materials as well as cooking vessels, and you will also be a spectacular cook. Let’s see how to cook any Indian food like a pro.
Make sure that you have the right spice combinations and also the vessels needed for cooking.
To start you will need,
- Cardamoms (both black and green)
- Garam Masala (right mixture of spices)
- Cumin and turmeric powder
- Garam masala
- Cumin (whole)
- Turmeric powder
- Red chili powder (cayenne also works)
- Dry red chilies
- Coriander leaves and powder
- Brown and White mustard seeds
- Cloves, Cinnamon, peppercorns
- Fenugreek (methi)
Basic cooking pattern
If an individual has spent a lot of time cooking any particular cuisine, he/she understands that most of the recipes use a basic pattern that is similar for all. The same is true for Indian recipes as well.
These are some of the basic steps you can follow for any Indian dish. Although the steps are generalized you can always customize it according to your needs.
- Begin by heating mustard/olive/white oil in a cooking pan
- When the oil has heated to a certain temperature, add whole spices like cloves, cardamom, cinnamon & cumin seeds. In some recipes, cumin is substituted by mustard seeds or black cumin seeds. Saute these seeds for a couple of seconds. This process described is known as tempering.
- Next, add onions or any other type of vegetables that you want, like potatoes, carrots, beans, etc. This is then followed by tomatoes and green chilies.
- In some recipes, you need to add ginger garlic paste along with onions and tomatoes and saute them until this masala mixture is completely cooked and starts leaving oil in the pan.
- Add powdered spices like turmeric powder, red chili powder, or /and cumin powder to achieve the desired favor.
- The final step is to create a curry base by adding hot water or milk for dishes like prawn curry, butter chicken, paneer, or even vegetarian dishes like lentils and cook it until it’s finally ready to eat.
- Finally, garnish the dish with ghee, coriander leaves, etc and your plate of delicious food is ready.
Experimentation is key
Try cooking the dish you wanted the most. Be patient. The first cook will be hard. You will make mistakes. Watery or less flavorful curry, less salt, burnt food, all of these are just part of you learning to master Indian food recipes. Your chicken might be over too hard or mutton might be raw but, as you keep on making the dish over and over again you will improve for sure. Once you master one dish, pick another one and repeat the same process. The perfect way to be a pro is by being patient, & with the tips & resources shared in this article, you now contain all the information needed to become a master cook. So all the best!!!!
Check out some Indian Foods there information and how to cook. And also check out some best Indian Restaurants and what to order in Indian Restaurants when you visit.