Praised for its rich historical background and amazing ingredients, Indian cuisine proffers you thousands and thousands of luscious foods or dishes which might make you lost at the moment. Wherever you go, you might definitely miss that delectable taste of Indian cuisine. Even if you love some foods from overseas, you could never replace the yum-yum tastes of Indian food varieties. Well, here are some of the interesting facts about Indian foods that you should not have come across.

THE NATION OF SPICES: Being the largest producer of spices in the world, India is perfectly known to be the “land of spices”. Well, 70% of the world’s production of spices comes from India. Yet another interesting thing is that India is also known to be the powerhouse of a higher variety of spices than other parts of the world.

FOODS UNDER THREE CLASSIFICATIONS: Did you know there are three classifications of foods as per Ayurveda or India’s ancient medicinal system. The three types are Satvic, Rajasic, and Tamasic. But what does each means? Satvic foods are nothing but are incorporated with natural and low processed like veggies which are considered to be healthy and positive for both physical and mental health. Rajasic foods have spicy, oily, salty, or bitter which thus propels ambition, competition, and egotistic pursuits. And last but not the least, Tamasic foods comprised of overly processed and toxic food items that are tough to digest. It would also negatively affect both the physical and mental health of the body.

HOME FOR HOTTEST CHILLI: The nation is known to be one of the world’s hottest chilly-producing places. Hottest chilies such as ghost pepper are known to be about 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce. It has been grown in the states including Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, and Manipur. The chili has also been recorded as the world’s hottest in 2007 by Guinness World Records. This is the land of spices and chilies which provide a rich and unique flavor and taste when compared to others.

LAND OF SIX DIFFERENT TASTES: While India is known for its rich spices, it is not the only thing to brand but it is known for its six different tastes as per the food theory. These six different tastes or rasas such as sweet or madhura, salty or lavana, sour or amala, pungent or katu, butter or tikta, and astringent or kasya. These are six different tastes of the nation which could not be seen anywhere else.

INCULCATED WITH EXTERNAL INFLUENCES: For ages, the nation has been known for its global trade. Believe it or not, the country had adequate exposure to cuisines from all over the world. For example, it has been influenced by Persian and Central Asian, Arab, and the Mediterranean. Well, some of them are samosa, jalebis, and gulab jamuns.

RICH BACKGROUND OF SALT AND PEPPER: Rann of Kutch area of Gujarat is known for its salt production for about 5,000 years. Even it has been traced that pepper is being used in Indian kitchen right from 2,000 B.C.E. The spice was once known as “black gold” and valued much. It was known to be exported from Kerala to overseas during the ancient period. The history of salt and pepper would never fade away as they are still the main ingredients of Indian cuisine.

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