Culinary excursions to India: Indian food tours

India is a foodie country, where everyone has his or her own food preferences. There are as many cuisines as there are countries in Asia. So many different varieties! From just tingling your taste buds to filling your stomach until the neck, anyone can have a great foodie outing in India. Everyone believes that Indian food is usually spicy and hot, whereas it is not necessarily so. Indian food is a mixture of so many ingredients that have medicinal properties, coloring properties, filling properties, and taste. Each ingredient is carefully chosen in any Indian eatery to bring out the best quality or at least the best mix of ingredients for a wonderful taste. Taste varies regionally for Indian foods. For example, in South India, people add more spices to their food, whereas in North India, the food is usually sweeter.
The one thing everyone should be careful about Indian food is the spice added, if he or she does not like spice, then letting the waiter know would do a world of good because one cannot judge if the food will be spicy or not in any restaurant. Indian food has six distinctive tastes:
• Sweet
• Sour
• Bitter
• Spicy
• Salty,
• Astringent.
It is said in ancient Indian history that a perfect mix of these six tastes is required by the body to maintain proper metabolism rate in the body. Any food with all these six tastes digest better and provide more energy. From Parathas in the North to Dosa and Idli in the south, Indian cuisine has so much to offer to the common person. There is even a Paratha Lane in Delhi, famous for its street full of Paratha sellers; such is the importance to food given by Indians.
There are restaurants that offer almost all of world’s cuisines. Street food is perhaps the most interesting thing about Indian food. Street food usually involves chat items such as pani poori, bhel poori, chenna masala, etc. Even in this, there are taste variations around India. Calcutta style chat items are spicier and have more potato than the Mumbai style ones, which have more peas and chenna, and are not as spicy. Similarly, there are restaurants dedicated for seafood alone in Goa and other coasts, they are costlier but are definitely high in quality.
However, a culinary tour does not always mean going out to eateries. It also involves learning to cook different Indian cuisines. There are agencies, there are shopkeepers, there are homemakers, and there are even kids, who can teach one Indian cooking. Indian food has so many varieties, so do not mind if someone teaching the other is doing it in a different way. All procedures are accepted and all tastes are valuable. All procedures for food are right too.
Nevertheless, the biggest thing one needs to think about with street food is hygiene. Not many are hygienic and no one wants to cut short a culinary tour due to diarrhea or a stomach upset. So, be careful, very careful! The taste might be mind blowing, but be sure of the ingredients used. There are taste stimulators used here, and these are not good for anyone’s health. Be even more careful while trying non-vegetarian at these street shops too. They will do anything to earn money.
Indian cuisine is a great place to enjoy a food fest too. Food fest offers many varieties of food, not usually available in those regions. Indian food is a great one to taste and savor, which is why it stands on top of the pile. Try Indian food, and you will never regret doing it.

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