What's the immediate though that comes to mind, when you hear 'Indian food'?
Is it Curry (Thank you, dumb Stereotype)?
If it is,
Then Read, you featherbrained chimp! Cuz,
Indian cuisine is not just about curry. It combines the widest varieties of ingredients and multiple styles.
But first, learn what's actually curry!
Curry is a dish made by combining multiple herbs and spices with water acting as the base and vegetables and/or meat added in the last stage of preparation.
This looks like curry! It is called Shahi Paneer.
This dish is called Dosa.
Fermented rice flour, roasted on an iron plate, then stuffed with spicy potato mash and rolled.
Its not curry. It doesn't even looks like curry, not even close. But then again, you might know better.
Below is the menu of a luxury Indian restaurant, Deewan
How much of it is curry?
Indians don't eat curry and nan everyday!
This one is Kashmiri Pulao
This is not curry either.
We have also learned many different arts of making food long ago, when everyone else was busy making simple stews.
Chinese neighbours, Arab traders, Turk Invaders.....everyone introduced something new and we learned to make it our way.
This called Chow main. Learned it from the neighbours. We made it the 'Veg Way'.
This is called Kebab. We made it even better.
American food is not just burger, Japanese food is not just Sushi and Ramen, Middle east is not just about kebab.
Indian food is not just curry, its a hell of a lot more.