Kids Indian Cooking

For thousands of years, people in South India have adhered to the vegetarian traditions of the Hindu priest class and yogic diet that is laid out in the ancient holy text, Bhagavad Gita, as a way to lead a harmonious, healthful, and peaceful life without inflicting harm on others. Many of the ancient recipes from this area are vegan and gluten free. Spices are at the heart of Indian cooking. Tempering them in hot ghee, clarified butter, the spices will pop and sizzle and their flavors will bloom and intensify. Roasting them in a hot cast iron skillet releases the oils in the spices and brings out their full favor and aroma. Kids can visit an Indian store to discover the many Indian spices and their wonderful aromas. Each region of India has their own favorite combination of spices, which is why the curry sauces vary from place to place. Mustard seeds, cardamon, cinnamon, black pepper, cumin, coriander seeds, turmeric, cloves, fenugreek seeds, and asafetida are spices often found in Indian cooking. Fresh cilantro, ginger, grated coconut, and tamarind paste are favorite flavoring in rice, lentil, and bean dishes. Nuts and seeds are used to give a nutty flavor and a crunchy texture to desserts and rice dishes. Indian cooking also celebrates the seasonal produce available in the gardens and bazaars which adds creativity to the distinct essence that permeates each Indian dish.

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