This is an ever-growing Indian Food Glossary provided to the readers of MyIndianStove. It will continue to grow over time as we add recipes and articles. Did you know that in India there are 122 major languages? Hindi is by far the biggest (420+ million speakers), with English second, plus there are over 1500 other minor languages. So yes, an Indian food dictionary is helpful.
The core of an Indian meal is rice, or a flatbread and dal, a lentil stew. There might also be meat, chicken, seafood, or vegetable curries, a pickle (achar), pappad (a thin round “chip” made from chickpea flour and spices) and chutney.
Once you have gotten the basic Indian dishes and ingredients under your belt, you may want to play around with recipes that have more unusual ingredients.
India’s formidably hot summers (March, April, and May) inspire many favorite drinks formulated to cool the mind and body. Here are some of the most popular drinks in India.
Aromatic and mysterious, curry leaves add richness to Indian soups, meat and vegetable masalas, pickles, and snacks.
Indian Kitchen Building Blocks: For those of you new to Indian cooking, I wanted to go over some of the fundamental ingredients, offer measurements, shortcuts, and options that will help you in the kitchen.