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India, with its history of diverse religions, cultures, customs and geographical conditions has emerged as having one of the world’s richest cuisines. The country’s varied climates naturally dictates the types of crops that are grown in different regions, which results in the formation of distinct recipes. Religion also played an important role in the development of Indian cuisine. For example, in areas where predominantly Christians live and within certain communities of Coorg, you will find a variety of delicious recipes for pork. Hindus do not eat beef as the cow is considered to be sacred. So many ‘beef’ recipes in India have been converted to chicken or mutton (goat). On the other hand, in Kerala, you will find excellent beef recipes amongst the Syrian Christian community. Under the Moghul (Muslim) influence, you will find many mutton (goat meat) recipes that are simply divine. Over the centuries, historical events have brought about many different cultures to India, which have been absorbed and encouraged to flourish, which has also resulted in a mix of cuisines across the country. If you are a vegetarian, then India is the right place for you! With so many vegetables, grains and leaves available, along with the array of spices and powders, absolute vegetarian delights are part of everyday Indian cuisine.

The Indian Curry:

Common to all parts of India is the famous Indian ‘curry’. The word ‘curry’ basically means ‘gravy’, so ordering a chicken ‘curry’ in one place will not be the same as the ‘chicken curry’ of another. The main ingredients of a curry can vary enormously. Curries are made with a different blend of ingredients, combinations of spices, herbs, onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, coconut milk, etc. They are eaten with either rice or Indian bread called ‘rotis’ or ‘naans’.

Due to the varied topography and seasons there is a wide variety of flora and fauna

Variety is the spice of life and also the hallmark of cuisine in the country's West zone.