What do people eat in India?

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India is a large country with the second-largest population of any country in the world which, as of 2008, was over one billion people! So, what do all of these people eat?

Because it is a big place, many of the food tendencies in India are regional, based on factors such as the availabilities of an area and the religious dietary restrictions of its people.

In the north of India, flatbreads called “chapati” are a commonly-eaten food, as well as biryani (a rice dish with vegetables or meat) and korma (a creamy stew-like dish made by braising). Tandoori cooking, using a clay oven over a charcoal fire, is also often found in the north. Marinated meats on kebab skewers and naan, a type of bread, are both common tandoori foods. 

In the south of India, rice is much more common than wheat. Along with rice, many people eat curries, dal (legumes like chickpeas and lentils), and dosas, which are savory stuffed flatbreads cooked like pancakes. 

Western India has many vegetarians. Coconut and seafood are popular ingredients. A type of bread called “roti” is also commonly served with a meal. In eastern India, seafood is again very common, but this region is also known for its special, delicious sweets that are often made with dairy products. – Yum! 

 
by   (whyzz writer)
  • Further information

    Because cultures are constantly mixing and changing, there are many other foods in addition to those above that are eaten by people all over India. While certain foods may be most popular in one area, they can and are eaten by people in other places, too!  
     
    Lots of Indian food is well known for its special flavors and spices. Have you ever eaten Indian food? If so, what were some of the flavors that you remember?

    Among many others, a few of the spices commonly used in Indian cooking include turmeric, saffron, cardamom, garam masala, cumin, and nutmeg. – Ask the grown-ups in your house if you have any of these spices in the kitchen. Open the jars to smell each spice, and see if you can learn their names based on their smells! 
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