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Food in India

  • India has 29 states, 7 union territories, 4000 cities and  600,000 villages. Every region in India has its own food culture. So, Indian cuisine is extremely vast and extremely diversified.Before I carry on, I want you to learn something- SPICY DOES NOT ONLY MEAN ”MORE CHILLIES”

    Indian cuisine is incomparable

    Is Indian food really spicy?

     Most of the people who I offer Indian food to, refuse, because they do not like spicy dishes. Spices add aroma, flavour, health to food and there are endless variations and techniques to add them. The amount of spices that one uses in recipes can differ according to one’s liking and also according to the local culture and food habits. In most cases, chillies make a dish hot. So if you are against hot food, go for less chillie and not less spices.
    Indian food is diversified and Indian cuisine is massive because of a few reasons. India is an ancient continuous civilization, so people have lived long enough to evolve and experiment with the ingredients. And then India’s extremely diversified landscapes allow endless opportunities to grow different ingredients.
    India’s Ayurveda and its traditional wisdom allows one to understand the ingredients in a very detailed and complex manner and food is not just eaten here. It is celebrated, respected and is considered divine. Depending on their climate and the availability of ingredients, different regions of India use different ingredients to cook food not only because it is considered healthy but also is considered sustainable.
     For example, South Indian cuisine is based on sweet aroma dishes– it includes coconut, sweet fruits, curry leaves and so on. On the seaside – fishes and other sea food are common. Masala Dosa is definitely a must-eat once you are on the South of India. A lot of Indians are vegetarians but meat dishes are popular too. Remember that North-East Indian food is totally different from  the whole India – over there food has some resemblance to  Thai and Chinese cuisine. They use bamboo, tofu and various exotic local vegetables.
    Dal Makhani – delicious dish from Punjab and stall with healthy coconut water

    Did the Mughals influence the Indian cuisine or not?

    Some people claim that the Indian food has some influence from the Mughals who invaded India. Of course, they are right in some way. The Mughal empire did add its food habits as it is believed that meat culture got a boost after their arrival.
    In India around 40% people are pure vegetarian, another 30% eat meat regularly and the rest are occasional meat eaters. Mughals entered India and they started the culture of salted lamb and chicken paste(minced meat). Actually, it is believed that  this is one of the main dishes that they brought. Indian chefs and the local talents combined this salted minced meat with Indian spices and change this boring Mughal food habits to amazing delicious chicken tikka and Indian kebabs (that’s why the kebab from turkey or Middle East is different than the kebab of India, however they still continued to call it kebab). Another popular dish ‘Biryani’ is also made of Indian Basmati rice and spices.
    Eating Thali in one of Delhi restaurants. Standing with friendly waiters in Rajasthani desert restaurant

    Thali – a feast for the palate

     Thali is one of the best ways to introduce yourself to Indian cuisine. Every region of India has their own versions of Thali.
     Thali offers a series of different dishes, various breads, snacks, desserts etc. If you want, you can use your hands to eat.
    Naan, paratha, poori and roti – a few types of Indian bread


    One life is not enough to try all the amazing dishes that Indian cuisine offer. Every region will surprise you with something different. Not everything will be tasty for you at the beginning – your taste buds have to get used to the intensity of Indian food but in the end you will find something that you will want to come back to.

About Karolina Goswami

Hello everyone! Welcome to my blog! I hope you enjoy reading the stuff that you will not easily find on the mainstream media. I am a girl from Poland who is living in India. I am a seeker and I share my thoughts through this medium with the world citizens. For more details, check 'about me' section in the top menu bar. To contact me, write to me on indiaindetails@gmail.com or simply write on the comment section below every post.


  1. Amazingly informative post, I was looking for some handy information before my trip to India, decided to follow your blog. Best wishes from Ukraine 🙂

    • Karolina Goswami

      Hi Anna!
      So happy to hear that my blog will be helpful to you 🙂
      If you have any questions regarding your trip to India, don’t hesitate to leave a comment.
      Greetings from India 🙂

      • I am US citizen from Indian origin.
        I read some of ur nice written articles.
        Regarding food you try to visit rural India & you will find some foods not easily available in restaurants.
        I suggest you try to look for Food call ” Aundhavo ” . It’s like spicy cake made with grams, rice, herbals and spices & cooked in charcoal or wood oven.
        You will find it in Central Gujarat around city of Anand famous for its milk dairy.

  2. This is an awesome post. I was in India last year and I tried some of the foods that you mentioned. My favorite was samosa with chai.

  3. Karolina, namaste! My name is Neha and I am from Delhi. I want to thank you for doing something like this for India as the world really need to know the real truth about us and the media is so biased. I congratulate you for this.

  4. Amazing information. I am very impressed by your style of writing. Its so clear and easy to understand.

  5. First of all I want to thank you for bringing out the true information about the culture and tradition of our country to the world. It shows your curiousness to know more and more about this beautiful country. I wish you best of luck in your future endeavors.
    best wishes,

  6. Thank you so much and u deserve a award from the govt! For giving fact inffomation about India these tv channels are waste, All the best.

  7. Thank you for the grwat work you are doing..You are representing India in such beautiful way whivh we Indians fail to..Keep up the good work..

  8. Amrik Sen, Olga Rusak

    Hello Karolina,

    I accidentally came across your post. Congratulations on building a useful and informative website for travelers to India. Our story is not very different – my wife is Polish, she is from Warsaw. She decided to travel to India in 2015 and we traveled together for 2 months (she visited 3 times in 2 months) to many parts of India (Delhi, Agra, Goa, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata) and finally got married in Hyderabad, India at the end of all the travel. Now we have a baby and live in los angeles, USA (at least for the time being). Did not think there would be too many Polska-Indian stories like ours but there is at least one other- yours 😉

    Take care,
    Amrik and Olga

    • Hello Amrik and Olga!

      It is nice to hear from a Polish-Indian couple 🙂 Great to know your story, it sounds really exciting!
      I heard about some couples like us but never had a chance to meet them. So I am really happy to somehow know you 😉

      I came to India for the first 2 years ago and I also had the chance to travel around India from Delhi through Mumbai to Munnar. India is an amazing country and I am very happy to live here and explore this land.

      Are you planning to visit India or Poland soon?

      Greetings for both of you and your baby 🙂
      Karolina Goswami

      • Amrik Sen, Olga Rusak

        Hello again,

        We will likely be in Poland in April/May 2017. India- not sure but that is always on the cards depending on work and what not.

        What made you travel to India when you came first 2 years ago – Yoga?

        A n O.

        • Amrik Sen, Olga Rusak

          we will keep you in our minds when we are in Poland and send you a message here to see if you are around for a meeting.

  9. Great Blog!! Just one suggestion – Is it possible to view a bigger version of the pictures when I click on them? I just saw the pic of the masala dosa and felt hungry 🙂

  10. Thank you sister, your content is really cool. I would like to share small story of my life. Recently I completed my graduation and got a chance to go USA for job but I refused and stayed here. I enjoy working here, its a fact that I would never get so good salary as USA but I would also not get so good social life anywhere out side of India. May be I would never be able to buy a 2 seater car but I am sure that I will never feel lonely in an auto rikshaw too.

  11. Dear Karolina

    Delighted to read your posts. As you rightly said – I am proud to be an Indian, was , am and will be and like you, want Mother India to be seen in Light She truly deserves. And your blogs are indeed doing that.Your video on facts of India is awesome too. Bharata is the Land of Bhaa – knowledge , ra – Raaga/melody (set by Bhagavan for each one of us) and Ta- taalam – rhythm. It is a land of bhavana, of attitude and values and emits the rare fragrance of unity in diversity. And you are unconvering this unfathomable deep profound knowledge of the ancient rishis. Thank you and prayers for all your efforts. hariH Om.


  13. Dear Karolina,

    I came to see your video in watsapp.After seeing that video i read your blog.Seriously it is awesome.In that video you was wearing a saree ,really you are gorgeous.Thank you so much karolina for showing our motherland like this.I would like to join in your journey. if you planing to write anything about kerala , i would like share my knowledge about kerala.

  14. Thankyou so much karolina…its great work. All the very best for your future work. Nice blog.

  15. Your video on India makes me feel proud being an Indian. You have truly depicted our great motherland. Very few people have shown the true India like you have done. Very impressive blog.
    Mera Bharat Mahan !

  16. Hello Karolina,

    You shown me the real India as it is.
    May God bless you for your good work about my country, the great nation India.

  17. Well now My Country (India) is getting notable or prestigious country around the world . We INDIANS are also receiving admire but India is a Agricultural country Who provide cuisine not only himself nay to the world . Now i should come on the topic of cuisine , Bhabhi G (Karolina Goswami), if you want to see the Indian Culinary place so visit Chandn Chowk (Old Delhi) you will get a lot of Spicy dishes, with a huge glimpse market .

    Himanshu Bisht

  18. I am an Indian and I do not know about my country,awesome informative videos and thanks for giving me a clear image of my country. I have promoted your channel,and your videos are quite heart touching.

    • That is a really great deed you are trying to do, Even my cousin thinks that India is the worst country,if I tell her that it is a good country,she asks me proof. Now, I am proud that I am an Indian and I gave her proof by sharing this video, thanks a lot.

  19. I’m an Indian student currently studying in the US and reading this post almost made me cry!! I miss Indian food so much now! Thanks Karolina for explaining to people how Indian food is not just about chilis!

  20. This is a very well researched blog on Indian Cuisine.

    We are very proud, that you are using your valuable time to gather facts about India and its glorious times and highlighting India on the global platform.

    Keep your good deed and best wishes in exploring the goodness of India. And we cordially invite you to North Bengal.

  21. Rahul Kumar Singh

    Hello Karolina,

    I am glad to see that you are trying to show what India and Indian Culture is to the whole world and doing a great job at that.
    I thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing this.

  22. K,

    What ? someone has been writing about india ? so nicely ? really ?

    Goshhh…. Hats off….. We all have been talking talking thru various mode of social media, but your blog is really amazing. and the kind of topics you covered, explains every bit of india, its culture, civilizations, humanity etc. Am not sure for what reason, you are so much attracted towards india and started writing, but keep doing it. Keep writing. Your writing skills are awesome. You just make the reader feel what you have experienced.

    How many ever times, others come and invade / rule / loot us, we will stand up back, quickly , quicker than they even think. India is a diversified vast country with so many religions, states, cultures etc, but though we are united and join hands when it comes to india. There are several outside forces which still try to pull down india ,but india’s growth can never be stopped.

    Please let me know if you need any support/help , I will be glad to help you out.


  23. HI Karolina

    Grate work keep going.

  24. Are you doing PhD on India? Literally, I had a early office tomorrow and I saw all your amazing videos its 1:30 now, too interesting you are and your husband’s dream to show real India to outer world(same as mine), I congratulate for the success on this project.
    I can write for you(with pic) about Madhya pradesh. Cuisine, places to visit and temples, I am from Ujjain, so Ujjain will be first.
    Thanks and congratulations.
    Gaurav Chawra
    Software Developer

  25. Namaste Karolina,

    I accidentally stumbled upon your videos on YouTube( watched almost all of them I guess) and from there learnt of your blog and have been reading one after another. I don’t have words to praise you.. With a millennium of invasion and oppression the Indian psyche is so bruised that such things from people like you serve as a soothing balm in healing our wounds.

    The average Indian has a very low self esteem and self confidence that such reassurances alone will bring him out of his wilderness.

    I can go on and on… But just want to say THANK YOU KAROLINA.. You are doing an yeoman service to the Indian community.

    Waiting for more enlightenment..

    Thanks once again.

  26. Namaste Karolina ,

    First of all Thank you for the Beautiful Videos and blogs about India , Your Videos about India makes me Proud to be an Indian. Please do Visit Mangalore once.

    Let me know if you need any help from my side.

    Keep up your Good Work Dear Sister ,

    Thank you once again .

  27. Thank u Karolina for your articles about india.once again thanks

  28. Thank for great information

  29. I have been following all your you-tube videos – very Thankful for the exceptional work you have done for India & for us Indians. We live in US and have heard so many bad comments/questions about our country & it hurts us so much. I have thought many times to write blogs about India, but then, it will look like I am just promoting my own nation. It is so much more believable & trust-able when the words are coming from you and you speak so clearly & genuinely for people all over the world to understand easily.
    We have decided to move back to India soon(Chennai) & will be very pleased to meet you there some day. Hats-off to you Karolina!!!

  30. Namaste Karolina ,

    Great work keep going. I would suggest you to visit Hyderabad once and post your reviews

    Thank you sister

  31. Vijoy Vivekanandan

    Namaste Mrs. Karolina Gowsawmi,
    I have been going through some of the videos on Kalarippayattu on youtube and saw your video about the same. I really appreciate your efforts for bringing the real India before the world. I am a person from Kerala. I am teacher by profession and presently working in Sikkim, which is one of the most beautiful north eastern states of India. I had a great fortune to visit many of the north eastern states which are wonders in terms of differences in culture, ethnicity etc. If you visit the north eastern regions as well, will come to know the real meaning of so called “Unity in Diversity”. Its my humble suggestion.
    Vijoy Vivekanandan

  32. Ritesh Sorathiya

    Of Course, Vegetarian food is the best source of food for consumption. What about the East and Western countries of the world. They were not habitat to this as the plants do not grow their like India. They are accustomed to eating animals. We need to spread the concept of Vegetarian food and also what kind of food can be prepared using vegetables. It is of ignorance that the people of other countries are not able to give off animals. They really dont’ know what to prepare with vegetables. Eat them Raw ? or how to cook nicely. We Indians have to spread the kind of items you make like curries, or Dal or whatever stuff you name. Every1 thinks about their own diet and health. Ofcourse they should! But esp for nonveggis i wud ask dont they ever think about killings of so many lives..?? Recently i watched a videos of Slaughter House and It was proud that I will never ever be responsible for such cause.!( as i never ate and will eat nonveg in my life) and above all be it veg or non veg, if Veg taken in proper diet pattern then it will surely eliminate all disadvantage of it(improper consumption as many people even dont know dos/donts about eating any food) and will always better then nonveg.. I dnt know how nonveg taste but if some people eat it just for taste than i would better say that AT THE STAKE OF ANIMALS LIFE TASTE SHOULD NOT BE IMPORTANT..!!
    Spread Green Environment..

    Once again Thanks for your article on Indian Cuisine

    Ritesh Sorathiya

  33. hi karolina sister.ive read many of your works.thats great.but i wanna suggest few facts that there few indian foods like idly(south india).even a person who is sick could not eat most of westerns foods like pizza becz i result in food indigestion problem and it could not be fed to children’s.but most indian food like idly even sick or 3 yrs old or eightys could eat.its does not causes indigestion problem.
    2.u start u research on ancient indian temples and its science.it really shocked me and i suggest it to u sister.
    3.most temples in india has idol know as navagraha(in tamil nine planets) exactly nine with sun at its center.but when this western with help of telescope found this fact.a lmost several decades later.
    4.south india there are several geometric shapes (enthiram in tamil)that were related to part of worshipping.it were found by ancient sages during meditation.thats what i was told.
    5.what amazes me is that these were representing modern complex equatn that scientists used to describe natur and univeres.one such example is gubera enthiram(in tamil) a geometric shape that is similar in fibonacci series.
    6.please look at one temple in south india ,chidambaram shiva nataraja temple.the whole temple itself is constructed by specific science and ayurvedha in its structure.i believe it amazes yout too like it did to me.
    7.i was also told ancient Indians calculated speed of light approximate to actual value.i m searching when and how.i suggest u to search for sister.
    8.meanining of shiva nataraja made me speech less.
    i hope above comments help you explore more about india sistr.

  34. Pramod Mangunta

    It’s really great to see a foreigner speaking facts about Hindustan. I feel like you are missing major part of India and it’s importance. please do a research on Biriyani cuisines, do a bit more research on south India

    Appreciate your work

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