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Indian Delights - An Introduction to Indian Cooking

Indian cooking has many different styles throughout all of India. There is not one accepted style of Indian Cuisine but many different styles. If you travel through India, you will find Restaurants and people serving what is reflected in their local area, which could be similar or very different from place to place.

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Indian Food at its most sensual  - aromatic, flavourful, colourful, texture and blissful.  India families still sit down together to enjoy their meals with one another.  There are a couple of main courses and they are usually served along with different pickles, chutneys and of course different types of Indian Bread which is called "Roti".  Usually a dessert is served as well.

Indian cuisine is as diverse as its people and geography.  Indians did not have written down recipes but were passed on through generations purely by word of mouth. India is a multi-faceted country with a variety of colours, cultural differences, food, festivals, languages, peoples and so on.

There is no need to bring any pots or food as everything is included in this price, ingredients and expert tuition.

 

"Exceptional evening with Prabha and co-cooks.  We had a ball. Thanks for your efforts in growing such a wonderful community service - T Rutherford" 

 

Although this is a cooking course, some background so that you can connect and understand the connection of Indian Food and Culture.

The term culture refers to a state of intellectual development or manners. The social and political forces that influence the growth of a human being is defined as culture.

Indian culture is rich and diverse and as a result unique in its very own way. Our manners, way of communicating with one another, etc are one of the important components of our culture. Even though we have accepted modern means of living, improved our lifestyle, our values and beliefs still remain unchanged. A person can change his way of clothing, way of eating and living but the rich values in a person always remains unchanged because they are deeply rooted within our hearts, mind, body and soul which we receive from our culture.

Indian culture treats guests as god and serves them and takes care of them as if they are a part and parcel of the family itself. Even though we don’t have anything to eat, the guests are never left hungry and are always looked after by the members of the family. Elders and the respect for elders is a major component in Indian culture. Elders are the driving force for any family and hence the love and respect for elders comes from within and is not artificial. An individual takes blessings from his elders by touching their feet. Elders drill and pass on the Indian culture within us as we grow.

“Respect one another” is another lesson that is taught from the books of Indian culture. All people are alike and respecting one another is ones duty. In foreign countries the relation between the boss and the employee is like a master and slave and is purely monetary whereas in Indian culture the relation between the boss and the employee is more like homely relations unlike foreign countries.

Helpful nature is another striking feature in our Indian culture. Right from our early days of childhood we are taught to help one another in need of help and distress. If not monetary then at least in kind or non-monetary ways. Indian culture tells us to multiply and distribute joy and happiness and share sadness and pain. It tells us that by all this we can develop co-operation and better living amongst ourselves and subsequently make this world a better place to live in.

Even though India is a country of various religions and caste our culture tells us just one thing 'phir bhi dil hai Hindustani '. (My heart is still Indian)

How we greet each other in India?

To greet a friend or another Indian, We join our hands (palms together), bow down in front of the other person, and say Namaste, Namaskar, or Pranam.

 Namaste

The Lord dwells in the heart of every human being.  This joining of hands symbolizes the meeting of two souls, our real self actually meets Itself. This signifies reverent Salutations and Unity of Souls.

Bowing down & joining hands symbolizes humility and also makes us humble. Thus when we joins our hands and say Namaskar, we actually see the Lord in the other persons and believe, "I bow with deep respects to the all-loving, all-powerful and omnipresent (present everywhere) Lord in you."

 

Indian cuisine has been around for at least 2500-3000 years and it has changed much over the years. The use of many different herbs and spices make each dish quite unique. Each different region in India is known for it's wide selection of different recipes and Indian cooking styles and tastes. Though about one third of the population is strictly vegetarian, there are many different dishes that include chicken, lamb and goat meat. In India though the cow is thought of as a sacred animal therefore you will not find many recipes including beef. Food is such an important part of Indian culture as in most cultures, and plays an important role in the family life and in festival celebrations.

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