Cuisine of India:
For a millennia merchants and traders, adventurers and empires have been obsessed with acquiring the fragrant spices of India. Pepper, cloves, cumin & cardamon, turmeric, saffron, anise, cinnamon just to name a few contribute to the colladiscope of wonderful regional dishes. India's food is as diverse as it's hundreds of languages depending on the regions you visit. The Mughal's, Portuguese, & British have all influenced the cuisine of India as have Hinduism, Buddhism, & Islam. A majority of Indians eat a vegetarian diet reflecting their Hindu tradition however many communities including Christians, Sikh's, and Muslims eat meat. Typically the staple foods of India include a variety of lentils, whole wheat flour, rice, mung beans, chick peas, peppers, in addition to a variety of oils (vegetable, mustard, peanut) and ghee (clarified butter) for cooking.
India has some of the most diverse and richest cuisine in the world and meat eaters and vegetarian's alike will enjoy it's wonderful variety. Below are links for more information on the history of food, cuisine separated by region, and dining recommendations for India. If you want information on specific restaurant recommendations on towns/cities we have visited please click on the individual links:
General Information about Indian Cuisine:
History of Indian Cuisine:
-South Indian Vegetarian Food: https://books.google.com/books?id=1GWPUkI_xQsC&pg=PA35&hl=en#v=onepage&q&f=false
-General History of Indian Cuisine: https://books.google.com/books?id=_xiwkbgJbSQC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false