A Note from Anjalina
As you know, I love my culture. it’s rich in history, tradition and beautiful colours and flavours. Indian cuisine took a while to “take off” here in Spain, which to me is surprising as there are so many similarities, especially referring to flavours of southern Spain. We use fresh local ingredients, pride ourselves on vegetables, and the Spanish have been using cumin and saffron for years.
A few misconceptions about Indian food. firstly, Indian food is from the country, India. And within this vast land, there are so many states, and each one has its own regional cuisine. This has nothing to do with religion. Which is why time and time again, I find myself correcting my friends, students and fellow cooks here in Barcelona. it is not Cocina hindu… Hinduism is the main religion in India yes. However, the food is generally called Indian food.
The other “myth” is that Indian food is hot and overly spicy. It can be. There are certain curries that pride themselves on the unbearable heat. But traditional Indian food is mild in heat, strong on spice variants and calming for the soul.