This is not true! While spices are used in Indian Food
, they are not what makes food spicy. As for chillies (which add the heat to a dish), they are a matter of preference and can be easily omitted when cooking most foods. Secondly, not all Indian Food
contain 10 (or even 3, 4 or 5) different spices! Years of culinary evolution has created dishes where the main ingredient is beautifully enhanced by just one key spice! Indian Food
has evolved over thousands of years and is the ultimate symbol of how Indian culture has the ability to absorb other influences yet hold its own? Indian cooking has taken the delicate and sometimes intricate art of blending spices and honed it to perfection? Indian Food
includes perhaps the most dazzling array of fresh vegetables and fruit cooked in a multitude of ways that help retain their freshness and nutrients? Traditional Indian cooking almost always uses fresh ingredients and involves making dishes from scratch? This means less preservatives and healthier food. Indian cooking uses spices like turmeric, ginger, garlic, green chillies...all of which have medicinal and healing properties? A traditional Indian meal includes carbohydrates, proteins, fats, fiber...all the elements you need to make a balanced meal?
This too is wrong and is like saying that all Italian food contains pasta or all Chinese food has soy sauce in it. Indian Food
is what you choose to make of it in the fat department. You can cook a dish with 6 tablespoons of oil or make do with 2 if that's what you like. There is a host of dishes that don't need any oil at all! These are prepared by roasting, steaming, grilling, boiling...the ingredients. That said, like any other cuisine, Indian Food
also has its decadent and "sinful" dishes.