At Ronaq’s we believe in preparing dishes that are true to their origin and are made with traditional recipes, which means we use a range of different spices that tend to crank up the heat levels. Compared to British cuisine, it must seem that there’s an excessive amount of spice in our food, but it’s been a feature in our food for many generations.
Why so spicy?
There are many reasons why there is such a prominent presence of spice in Indian food, one of them plainly being that spices are grown and widely available in many regions of India.
Families have been eating spicy food for generations and so the tradition has now become engrained in Indian culture.
Using spices is also a method of food preservation. The mix of chemicals found in spices protects from microbes and bacteria that spoil food; for example, chillies and other hot peppers can kill up to 75 per cent of bacteria. Food is more likely to ruin in warmer temperatures, so spice could be used as a preventative measure to cater to India’s climate.
It’s also suggested that countries with hotter climates tend to use more spices in their food as a way to cool down with perspiration.
A selection of spices.
Some ‘spices’ aren’t actually spicy at all, but are commonly used in various Indian dishes to achieve the desired flavour. When we say something is ‘spicy’ we tend to generally mean that it causes a burning sensation in our mouths, whereas some spices inspire a different sensation. Ginger, for instance, is especially aromatic and pungent and has a particularly zesty taste.
Found in traditional Indian recipes such as curries are cumin, mustard seed, garam masala and cardamom, which contribute to their aroma and warmth. Other ingredients like turmeric and cardamom when consumed have health benefits. Cardamom is said to have medicinal properties and turmeric is an antiseptic for the body!
So if you’re looking for an Indian restaurant in Edinburgh and are craving something spicy, pay a visit to Ronaq’s for dinner or perhaps an afternoon bite to see if you can handle the heat. Simply contact us at 0131 332 3362 for any enquiries or to book a table with us, alternatively you can make a reservation on our website. You can also visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for regular updates.