Quick Facts About Indian Food You Should Know

13September 2021

Quick Facts About Indian Food You Should Know -India is a remarkable country, and concerning its food, there are many quick facts about India that you should know.

As someone that enjoys the delights of Indian food, the more you know about the country, the more you’ll understand and appreciate the food you eat.

Welcome to this Indian Cuisine Focus: First Bite Series article in which we look at 7 quick facts about Indian food that you should know.


Introduction

With Indian food, you’re likely to be unaware of many facts.

Indian food is certainly memorable. Just recall when you last bit into a samosa and its taste made you go, hmm!

India has a long, varied and rich history with many external influences that have influenced and shaped the cuisine we enjoy today.

So here are several quick facts about Indian food that you’ll likely find quite interesting.


01: The Land Of Spice – India Is The World’s Spice Capital

India, often called “the Land of Spices”, produces as much as 70% of the world’s spices. They also have the most incredible variety of herbs compared to any other country in the world. 

The most widely traded of all spices, black pepper, is also indigenous to South India. 


02: Indian Cuisine Has Over 200 Desserts

Indian desserts are called mithai, and there are 200+ types of mithai.

Some of the most popular ones are Gulab Jamun, Barfi, Jalebi, Kheer etc. 

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Indian kulfi dessert, ice cream with saffron, mint, nuts

03: Some Of The Most Popular Ingredients Used In India Are Of Foreign Origin

The most popular ingredients in Indian food are tomatoes, potatoes and chillies; however, these didn’t originate in India. Portuguese traders introduced them into India in the 15th and 16th centuries. 

Even the commonly used Naan bread originated from Persia, and the Greeks likely introduced saffron into India. 


04: India Is The Biggest Manufacturer Of Chilli Peppers

One of the most popular spices globally is Chilli and India manufactures the most Chillis worldwide.

India is also the home of one of the hottest chilli peppers in the world, known as bhut jolokia or ghost chillies. 


05: Water Won’t Help The Burn From Eating Chillies

If you enjoy many spicy and hot Indian foods, you should know that drinking water won’t help.

Instead, eating or drinking dairy products such as milk or ice cream is better. 


06: Indian Food Classified Into Six Distinct Tastes

All Indian food flavours get classified into six distinct tastes – spicy, sweet, sour, salty, bitter and astringent, all of which get combined to produce a variety of well-crafted balanced meals.

Experts have long since, through experience and creativity, figured out which flavours work best with which others.


07: Indian Fact – Indian Food More Healthy Than It Might Appear.

Who would have thought that certain spices carry health benefits like being able to relieve joint pain, arthritis, heartburn, heart disease, blood pressure, increasing metabolism, aiding weight loss, 

Quote: “Food is much better off the hand than the fork – Mario Batali.”


Conclusion – Quick Facts About Indian Food You Should Know

These are some of the top Indian food facts that you should know. There are many more interesting facts, and we will surely add more.

If you have personal knowledge of any more, let us know in the comments below.

The previous article in this series: Popular Indian Food Dishes To Order At A Restaurant.

The next article in this seriesFun Facts About Indian Restaurants

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