It seems a little ironic to me that one of the most popular cuisines in the world is also one of the most misunderstood. As an Indian, I’m not sure what bothers me the most. Perhaps it’s the fact that everyone associates Indian cuisine with fragrant curries and roasted meats and breads fresh off a tandoor, without realising that there is so much more to one of the greatest cuisines of the world than a few stereotypes (delicious as they may be). Perhaps it’s the fact that nobody seems to understand that Indian cuisine is so vast and varied that it differs greatly between regions within India itself. Perhaps it’s because everyone chooses to overlook the fact that Indian cuisine has been vastly influenced by various external factors such as invasions, colonialism, and ancient trading routes between India and the rest of the world.
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