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– Almost half the population of India (500million) are vegetarians.
– Indian food includes an amazing range of different fresh vegetables and fruits, cooked in a multitude of ways that help retain their freshness and nutrients.
– A typical Indian meal incorporates vegetables, lentils, whole grains, dairy and a little meat or fish. This provides all the essential elements carbohydrates, protein, fats, and fibre for a well balanced diet.
– Traditional Indian cooking almost always uses fresh fantastic ingredients and involves making dishes from scratch. This results in food that is healthier and has more or less no preservatives.
– Some Indians believe that the chemical balance provided by what we eat aids healing and promotes good health and well being.
– Many of the spices and ingredients used in Indian dishes (garlic, fresh root ginger, turmeric, green chillies, and tomatoes) are known for their medicinal and healing properties.
– Indian dishes do not always have to be hot and spicy, herbs are added for flavour and aroma and spices for taste or aroma. Chillies are what adds the heat to a dish, and are a matter of preference and can be adjusted to taste.
– The key difference between south Indian curries and south-east Asia is the use of curry leaves in Indian and kaffir lime leaves in Asian.
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