Here at Ronaq Restaurant, we absolutely love Indian food and we know you all do too! Whether you’re a fan of spice or not, there is always something for everyone to enjoy.
But how much do you really know about Indian food? Here are 5 interesting facts that will definitely have you rushing to book a table with us here at the restaurant.
Indian Food Theory
Indian food theory believes that all Indian food contains six distinct tastes. These flavours are: sour, salty, bitter, spicy, astringent, and sweet. It’s believed that an authentic Indian meal will balance each of these flavours as much as possible. However, only two of these will be noticeable in any one dish and you will never find one that includes all six of them.
Indian Food is Diverse
A lot of people assume that all Indian food is the same but this couldn’t be more wrong. Indian food is actually extremely diverse. There are 28 regions in India and each has their own way of creating dishes. From the ingredients to the cooking methods, each region is significantly different. For example, cuisine in the North isn’t as spicy and dishes usually contain red and green chillies and yoghurt. Fish dishes are more commonly seen in the South and mustard is a staple ingredient.
Chilli Chilli Chilli
There is no denying that chilli is the most popular spice in the whole world. But did you know that India is the largest manufacturer of chilli peppers? And that it’s home to one of the world’s hottest chillies? This chilli is called the bhut jolokia, or more commonly referred to as a ghost chilli. Whilst it’s not THE hottest chilli in the world, it still has the potential to bring grown men to their knees!
Turmeric & Health Benefits
If you don’t know what turmeric is, it’s the spice used in Indian food which gives it the yellow colouring. Not only has it been used in India for thousands of years as a spice, it’s also been used as a medicinal herb and anti-inflammatory agent. It’s believed that it can be used to help relive symptoms of conditions such as heartburn, bloating, depression and fibromyalgia. Whilst nothing has been clinically proven, it has been shown to have some benefits to those who suffer from joint pain or arthritis.
Water Doesn’t Alleviate Chilli Burn
When people eat a particularly spicy dish, they always seem to reach for a glass of water to alleviate the chilli burn. Unfortunately, after eating extra-spicy food, the answer is definitely not water, as this actually makes it a lot worse. You should drink (or eat) something with dairy, such as milk, lassi or ice cream. Round of applause to those who don’t need a drink after eating spicy food – you’re definitely brave!
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