Cuisine, defined as "a style or method of cooking, especially as characteristic of a particular country, region, or establishment.", is derived from the Latin word 'coquere.' For many, 'cuisine' is beyond just a word, it is a sentiment and an intense expression of love and culture. The Indian cuisine is world-renowned. The spices used in Indian cuisines are considered exquisite. Every country, every city, every locality in India has its own speciality, be it the kulcha chhole from Punjab, appams from Kerela, or ussal and misal from Maharashtra, the Indian cuisine is diverse and has a lot to offer. The Oxford dictionary is one of the largest used dictionaries all over the world. And even the Oxford university press seems to adore Indian cuisine and culture.
Many feel that there's nothing better than a hot samosa to feast on alongside a cup of chai. Samosas are an all-time favourite snack in the country. "Pooja sweets" at Kingsbury, North London is known to make the best Indian samosas and sweets. The Oxford dictionary defines samosa as "a triangular savoury pastry fried in ghee or oil, containing spiced vegetables or meat."
Chutney is defined as "a spicy condiment of Indian origin, made of fruits or vegetables with vinegar, spices, and sugar." by the oxford dictionary. Samosa Chole without Chutney is like eating fries without ketchup, just incomplete. Chutneys have varied tastes around the country. Although, Sweet chutney, white coconut chutney, pudina chutney are some of the dominant ones.
We've all grown up eating Chapatis every day. Warm chapatis have become the ultimate epitome of motherhood. They are flat Indian bread that goes well with vegetables, all types of curry and most non-vegetarian dishes. The Oxford dictionary defines the desi chapatis as "(in Indian cooking) a thin pancake of unleavened whole-grain bread cooked on a griddle."
Pakoras are the one of many things that make the Indian rains more delightful. They go well with chutney and chai. They are extremely easy to cook and can be made with most vegetables. Pakoras are the quickest easiest and super delicious Indian dish. The Oxford Dictionary defines pakoras as "(in Indian cooking) a piece of vegetable or meat, coated in seasoned batter and deep-fried."
Famous all over the country, Kebabs are one of India's delicacies. They are popular street food and are also served in top-class restaurants including intercontinental kitchens. There are vegetarian kebabs made of paneer and vegetables while there are non-vegetarian kababs as well. The Oxford Dictionary defines the Indian kebab as "A dish of pieces of meat, fish, or vegetables roasted or grilled on a skewer or spit"
Originating from the Indian subcontinent, papadums are served all over the world with spicy vegetables and curries. They are seasoned dough usually made from peeled black gram flour. Papadums are a popular appetizer in Kerela and other south Indian places. The Oxford Dictionary defines "Papadums" as "(in Indian cooking) a large circular piece of thin, spiced bread made from ground lentils and fried in oil."
Biryani is an essence of Indian culture. It is a spicy mix of rice and other ingredients that differ from kitchen to kitchen. Hyderabad is known to serve the best Biryani in the country. The oxford dictionary defined the Indian classic dish as "An Indian dish made with highly seasoned rice and meat, fish, or vegetables."
You can also find the desi beverage Chai, Bengali sweet Rasgulla, Heart of Indian streetfood Pani Puri and other specialities in the dictionary. India has one of the finest range of cuisines to please all kinds of eaters. The food reflects the massive cultural diversification. A place on global literature platforms like the Oxford dictionary shall be indispensably helpful for foreigners who are eager to learn the Indian lingo and dig into the diverse culture and cuisine of India where variety is the spice of life.