Top luxury tour operator for India, Easy Tours of India, predicts a surge in culinary tours to India from the U.S. for 2010.
The Taj Mahal, Red Fort, and tandoori chicken? Tours of India are widely known for showcasing the country's amazing world heritage sites and now luxury tours of India are becoming a favorite for foodies as well. The rapidly increasing availability and popularity of Indian cuisine in the U.S. over the last decade has sparked an interest in culinary tours of India.
India provides culinary choices that are diverse as the country is large. Culinary tours of India showcase cooking styles that vary greatly depending on region and religion. Indian food can be spicy or mild, sweet and sour or subtle, vegetarian or meat and fish. Below are five dishes that tour managers at Easy Tours of India recommend you not miss during any culinary tour of India.
1. Aviyal: This is a vegetarian's dream dinner and should not be missed while visiting India. Aviyal is a dish commonly found in Kerela, a southwestern district of India, and is prepared with as many vegetables as one can get. It is flavored with mango, coconut, curry leaves, turmeric, garlic and cumin.
2. Tandoori Chicken: This culinary delight from northern India is one of the most well known dishes from India. Chicken is marinated in a variety of pungent spices and then cooked to perfection in a clay oven.
3. Dhansak: This popular hot, sweet, and sour dish from Western India takes a long time to prepare and is most commonly served on special occasions. It is made of lentils, chicken or lamb, vegetables, spices, cumin seeds, ginger, garlic, and various spices.
4. Murg Makhani (Buttered Chicken): This dish is made of chicken that has been marinated in yogurt and classic Indian spices then fried, grilled or roasted. The chicken is then shredded and simmered in a sauce rich made of butter, tomatoes, cream, spices, and sometimes ground nuts. It is served with an assortment of Indian breads such as nann, roti, or phulka.
5. Seekh Kebab: Made of minced meat (usually lamb) that is mixed with spices then formed around a skewer and cooked over a charcoal grill. The Kebabs are often accompanied by sweet and savory chutneys or a mint sauce.
Contrary to popular belief, Indian cuisine is not meant to be hot. The types and flavors of herbs and spices vary as you travel from one place to another within India. Easy Tours of India plans comprehensive culinary tours that showcase the best authentic cuisine each region has to offer. For more information on a culinary tour in India visit www.easytoursofindia.com.