Three Reasons Why Indian Food is Good for You.

21 Aug 2017 | tastebud

There is no doubt that over the past few decades, Indian food has been gaining more and more
popularity. In fact, it has picked up more popularity now than any time before. If a dish like Chicken
Tikka Masala can become a national dish in a country (United Kingdom) noted for its love of traditional
foods like fish and chips, I think you would have to agree that, there must be something very distinctive
and special about Indian food.

Many people still have an image of Indian food being fatty, greasy, expensive, spicy and unhealthy. If
this is what you think, you may be surprised to learn that we would not completely disagree with you.
Indian dishes are created and cooked very differently in different eateries.

We once had a patron who tried our food and was pleasantly surprised by everything she ate. After her
meal, she told us our food was simply amazing. It was not oily and over-spicy, as she had expected it to
be. Here in TasteBud, we take great pride in the quality of the food we serve to our discerning
customers. Our chefs prepare and cook using only the highest quality meats and vegetables, and, of
course, our secret ingredient – TLC – which probably explains why it is so good, and why our customers
return again and again. By the way, TLC stands for tender loving care! 🙂

There are perhaps more than 20 reasons to explain why Indian food is often voted the best food in the
world. Here at TasteBud, we are passionate foodies, and we believe we offer the best recipes and dishes
created and perfected for our customers. And we can quote plenty of reasons why we believe our food
is the best available.

1) Indian food is extremely tasty! Why so?

Indian food is categorically delicious: The flavors are complex and yet simple, oscillating between sweet,
savory, and spicy. Great textures along with creamy sauces with doughy breads and tender meats and
vegetables to create the dishes of dreams!

Indian food is, nevertheless, a wonderful marriage of healthy Ayurvedic spices and flavors, blended in
differing amounts and combinations for each dish. The dishes are carefully prepared using selected
spices and herbs that create distinct flavors. The amount of each spice used is carefully and attentively
considered, to ensure the dish is rich, complex and aromatic. For example, a Paneer Butter Masala dish
transforms chunks of plain tasting cottage cheese into something so DIVINE everyone who tastes it is
left virtually speechless; simply because of the perfect combination of herbs and spices!

Each spice has a very specific role in the dish it graces. From the warm sweetness of ginger, to the slight
bitterness of tamarind, to the zingy freshness of cilantro. The next time you order a Mutton Rogan Josh
at TasteBud, try to recognize the intricate flavors, and how they create a symphony of glorious tastes in
your mouth.

2) Indian food does not burn a hole in your pocket!

A good dinner at a decent Indian restaurant for a group of four adults may cost you less than RM70 here
in Malaysia. An adult spends an average of RM20 on a meal, if eating in a group – and it's not just a
single-plate dish, but a variety of multiple curries, breads and rice, all served piping hot. Here at
TasteBud​, we offer a variety of dishes ranging from appetizers, to main courses, to desserts, and we
keep prices as affordable as possible. We cater for groups of people from all walks of life – from students
to office executives. We often cater for private functions as well.

Most of the ingredients we use on daily basis are easily available locally. While we keep the sources of
our food local, we never fail to impress our clients with the authenticity of our recipes. We also try hard
to keep our prices competitive, and we also, now and then, create attractive promotions for our clients.

3) Staying healthy

Traditional Indian meals include carbohydrates, proteins, fats and fibers, all of which are elements that
you need for a balanced diet.
Indian food is constructed, mainly, of key ingredients like rice, poultry, seafood, various vegetables,
cottage cheese, and, of course, a healthy range of spices and herbs. Almost all the ingredients used in
any recipe are made from scratch, and, as we learned earlier, flavors are derived from, and generated
by, the use of different combinations of spices and herbs.

Every dish is created according to its native source. In the past, in the time of our grandparents, food
happiness derived from a great deal of hard work making just one dish. There was really very little, if
any, ‘convenience’ in cooking as compared with the vast array of food technology available today.
Traditional Indian food almost always uses fresh ingredients and involves making dishes from scratch,
which means less preservatives and overall healthier food. By cooking Indian food the authentic way you
are avoiding prepared meals that do not provide the nutrients you need.

Food technology has attained a very advanced state, so much so that we no longer need to hunt, farm
and fish for survival. However, the Indian community, to a certain extent, is still preserving the art of
making food from scratch, yet keeping it tasty by using natural ingredients as much as possible. The use
of canned, or packed, ingredients, in the making of our dishes, is kept to the bare minimum. This is
possible because of our adherence to the science of spices and herbs, which we have been continuously
using all these years – simply to enhance the flavors of our food. For instance, our Dosa batter and our
Naan dough is made fresh on daily basis, to provide fresh foods to our patrons. Chickpeas, for
example, which are often used in vegetarian curries, are a great source of fibre, zinc, folate and protein,
which makes them a healthy factor in a vegetarian Indian diet. Spinach and tomatoes, which are widely
used in Indian cuisine, are also known superfoods, containing high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and
minerals.

4) Power of Spices

Indian cooking uses spices like turmeric, ginger, garlic and green chillies – all of which have medicinal
and healing properties. So when people think of Indian food as being spicy, what they are not realizing is
that the spices used to make the dishes are actually good for the body and don’t just taste nice.

In TasteBud, we take pride in cooking our meals with loads of spices and love! Why does it matter?
Most spices enhance digestion, and that’s one of the reasons spices are revered in Ayurvedic cuisine.
Not only do they help enhance digestion, but they also help remove accumulated toxic, so they are
valuable additions to your daily diet. Turmeric, cumin, coriander, fennel, mint, asafetida (hing), black
pepper, dried powdered ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne are among the ayurvedic
spices that enhance digestion and metabolism, cleanse toxic from the body and prevent digestive
disorders such as gas and bloating.

Spices are like herbs: they work gently and gradually, with the benefits adding up over time and no
dangerous side effects.

That brings us to the end of this blog post about, Why Indian food is good for you. We hope you have
enjoyed reading this article and that you will take the time to share it with your family and friends on
your social media page.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Happy eating and best regards from TasteBud’s management

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