Indian food is different from rest of the world not only in taste but also in cooking methods. It reflects a perfect blend of various cultures and ages. Just like Indian culture, food in India has also been influenced by various civilizations, which have contributed their share in its overall development and the present form. Foods of India are better known for its spiciness. Throughout India, be it North, South, East and West India, spices are used generously in food. But one must not forget that every single spice used in Indian dishes carries some or the other nutritional as well as medicinal values and properties.
Thus so diverse Indian cuisine is but we divide it into four major parts. Food in the north India, to begin with, Kashmiri cuisines reflect strong Central Asian influences. In Kashmir, mostly all the dishes are prepared around the main course of rice found abundantly in the beautiful valley of the region. Another delicious item cooked here is the 'Saag' prepared with a green leafy vegetable called 'Hak'. Though the famous “Saag” of north is made of Mustard leaf plants eaten with maize bread called “makki roti”,it is consumed by people very fondly during winter months.
But on the other hand states like the Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh show high consumption of chapatis as staple everyday food. However in the northern region impact of Mughlai food is prevalent. In Rajasthan and Gujarat represent the desert food. In the states like Maharashtra, the food is usually a mix of both north and south cooking styles. Here people use both the rice and the wheat with same interest.
In south India, they make great use of spices, fishes and coconuts, there is the idea of coastal kitchens. In Tamil Nadu use of tamarind is regular added in order to impart sourness to the dishes. In Kerala, the lamb stew and appams, Malabar fried prawns, Idlis, Dosas, fish molie and rice puttu are famous. The Food in India is a variety of regional cuisines with use of local spices, herbs, vegetables, and fresh or dry fruits. Indian religious and cultural habits especially Hindu beliefs and culture have shaped the development of these cuisines. Vegetarianism is common in Indian society. Throughout the Indian Peninshula,non vegetarianism is growing, but still lot of people are vegetarians or casual non vegetarians.