When it comes to food, India is in a class of its own. Delectable, diverse and downright delicious, its cuisine is recognized all over the world.
Records show that the history of Indian cuisine dates back to the time of the Indus Valley civilization, where wheat and barley were grown as staple food. Condiments such as turmeric, cardamom, black pepper and mustard also find their roots in India. Over the years, the country saw itself being exposed to different cultures which also influenced its cuisine.
One of the strongest influences was by the Mughals on the regional cuisine of North India. Even today in the Indian capital of New Delhi, there’s tantalizing Mughlai food in every nook and corner. And for a first-hand, local experience of this, you can visit Moti Mahal which offers a plethora of juicy, steaming kebabs and butter chicken cooked in generous amounts of butter and spices, capturing the essence and flavour of Mughlai food perfectly. If you’re looking for an authentic, fine dining experience, Bukhara at ITC Maurya Sheraton fits the bill. One of Delhi’s most reputed restaurants, Bukhara offers a lavish spread of tandoor-cooked Mughlai dishes along with an array of lip-smacking Indian desserts. The aromas wafting from its open kitchen combined with the rugged but plush interiors that mirror the style of the Mughals will elevate your entire dining experience to a whole new level.
Dining at Bukhara will make you feel like you’re in the empire of the Mughals- it will make you feel like you’re dining like the royals (probably) did.
Apart from culture, another influence on Indian cuisine was the climate of a region. An exemplar of this would be the cuisine of Rajasthan, a state in northern India. Being a largely arid region, food here had to be prepared in a way that used minimal water and could last for days. Might seem like a setback but the people of Rajasthan were able to create something beautiful out of this- a cuisine that is rich, exquisite and bursting with flavours. And the best way to get a taste of this would be by visiting Chokhi Dhani in Jaipur. Here, not only will you get to try out traditional Rajasthani food but the entire decor of the place will give you a feel of what it’s like to be a local in Rajasthan. For a more regal feel of this state, visit 1135 AD, an award-winning restaurant where you’ll get to eat like a king. This restaurant is situated in the Amer Palace and you will feel, the old-world charm of Jaipur- not only through its rustic interiors but also through the assortment of quintessential Rajasthani food ranging from spicy meat curries to desserts that satisfy the sweet tooth.
The variety and diversity that defines Indian culture is reflected in its sumptuous cuisine. No trip to India is complete without trying out the local food that is rich in both history and flavour. And one does not merely taste the flavours of India but feels them. And to feel the flavours of India, log on to feelaplace.com and plan your trips to the many Eat & Drink offerings that we have. That India has. So, set off on that journey and eat, and feel, to your heart’s content!