If you have never tried Indian cuisine before, you are missing out on a wide variety of flavourful food to satisfy even the most meticulous palates. One common misconception people have about Indian cuisine is every dish is “spicy”, largely due to the popularity of “hot” curries. However, this is not the case.
While there are “spicy” and “hot” foods that are part of Indian cuisines, it is just a fraction of the range of tempting meals you could be experiencing. Another reason some people are hesitant to try Indian food is because they know there are several different spices used to bring out the indulgent tastes of food and often assume this implies the meals will the “spicy” or “hot”.
Again, the word “spice” does not necessarily imply the food will have a “kick” to it, but rather, is meant to infer spices, just like those you would find in your spice rack at home and could include basics, like salt, pepper, ginger, coriander, and turmeric. In fact, there is a diverse range of spices used to prepare Indian cuisine and involves between twenty to thirty different ones, depending on what is being prepared.
Contrary to the popularity of curries, not all Indian cuisines are curry-based meals. In addition, the general definition of a curry is any type of meat and/or vegetable-based dish that incorporates different spices and is served in a sauce. Curries can be tasteful, but not “spicy hot” or can be very, very “spicy hot” depending on how they were prepared by the chef.
One interesting fact about Indian cuisine you may not know is it the most friendly of cuisines for vegetarians. There is a wide range of preparations using vegetables, cheeses, breads, and other ingredients, pared with the right mix of spices and sauces to bring new depths of flavour to even your more basic of vegetables, such as eggplant, potatoes, peas, and cauliflower.
The easiest way to experience Indian cuisine and start enjoying the tastes of India is by visiting Mayura Inspired Indian Dining. We offer one of the most diverse menus of Indian food in the Greater Toronto Area. All of our dishes start out using basic ingredients and then are built upon using our repertoire of spices to bring out unique flavour profiles not found in other cuisines.
We recommend to start with something familiar and simple when trying Indian cuisine for the first time. For instance, if you like chicken, a great meal is our Malai Chicken, which is white butter chicken that has been prepared using cream, butter, and aromatic spices to provide a flavourful, rich, and creamy taste profile.
We are also happy to make recommendations based on the types of food you already enjoy to help make your introduction to Indian cuisine a truly memorable experience. Please feel free to call Mayura Inspired Indian Dining at (905) 451-6161 to make a lunch or dining reservation today!