Indian food in England has a rich history of 400 years
India is a vast and diverse country, so as its foods. But the use of various types of spices to create flavor and aroma is common in all the dishes. According to style, Indian foods could be divided into four regions i.e. North, South, East and West.
You will find the influence of Mongolian and Chinese cuisine in the dishes of East India. Style of food is simple and frying and steaming are the key methods of cooking. Mustard oil is mostly used while other vegetable oils and Ghee is used to cook special dishes. The cuisine of East India includes dishes like Machcher Jhol (fish curry), Momos (steamed, meat- or vegetable-filled wontons) and Thukpa (a clear soup), Jhaal-Muri (a spicy snack made with puffed rice and mustard oil), and Tomato Achaar (tomato pickle). Sandesh and Rasgolla are popular dessert. Jashans Restaurant, Dil Se Restaurant, Royal Massala, Paprika Bangladeshi Restaurant, and Balti Spice Bangladeshi Restaurant, etc. are some of the popular names where East Indian dishes are served.
The cuisine of West India is more diverse than other parts of the country. Rajasthani food is spicy while Gujrati dishes have slight sweet touch. Maharashtra's cuisine is fresh coconut-based and Goa's cuisine mostly contains red chillies, vinegar and coconut. Vegetable oils such as canola and peanut oil, sunflower and ghee are used as cooking oils. Some of the popular West Indian dishes include chicken xacuti, pork vindaloo, fish curry, thepla, and laal maas, etc.
On the other hand, North Indian dishes normally contain sort of spicy, thick and creamy gravies. Milk, cream, cottage cheese, ghee and yoghurt are integral part of the cuisine of North India. Other important spices and ingredients are coriander, cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, dry red chillies, turmeric, chilli powder, garam masala, and aniseed/fennel, etc. Mutter Paneer, Biryani, Pulaos, Chicken Tikka, Fish Amritsari, Daal Makhani, Dahi Gosht, Butter Chicken, and Samosas are popular dishes. Almost all the dishes are served by Rajas Restaurant including wide array of vegetarian dishes.
The cuisine of South India is the hottest. Rice, Sambaar, Rasam and coconut based chutneys are mostly popular. For cooking and frying, coconut oil is normally used. Sunflower and canola are used in special occasion dishes. Important spices and ingredients that are used to prepare South Indian dishes are curry leaves, mustard, chillies, fenugreek seeds as well as Asafetida, pepper and peppercorns, and tamarind. As far as popular dishes are concerned,idlis, dosas, uttapams, rasam, vadas, sambaar, payasam, etc. are just to name a few.