Rise of Modern Indian Cuisine
Modern Indian cuisine began as a worldwide phenomenon and finally spread to India. One may question why the revolution occurred in the homeland later and why it did not start on our territory. It should have been clear to go forward given the enormous diversity of Indian food, but strangely, it wasn’t. Maybe that was a reflection of us as a community, people who were picky about words like “genuine” and the nostalgic romance of “maa ke haath ka khaana.” Perhaps this adamant desire to maintain the original contributed to the slow transformation of Indian food.India is diverse in many ways, including its terrain, climate, cuisine, culinary styles, and language in addition to its culture and language. Where one variable varies every few kilometres, it produces something distinctive. However, in any metropolitan restaurant, the term “Indian” referred to a relatively limited selection of dishes that were heavily influenced by Punjabi, Mughlai, and occasionally Awadhi cuisine. There was also the nebulous generalisation referred to as “South Indian,” which was another subcategory. This was the typical situation in the big metropolitan Indian centres; the image of Indian food throughout the world was, of course, a mirror of what we were promoting. Regional foods were also present, but only so.Why and how did our cuisine’s diversity become so constrained? Perhaps the difficulties in locating skilled chefs knowledgeable about regional cuisines, the difficulty in locating hyperlocal ingredients, the consistency in the quality of the ingredients, and the inability of Indian diners to try and appreciate cuisines that were slightly similar to and somewhat dissimilar from what they were used to.We must keep in mind the history of eating Indian cuisine together with huge portions, as sharing meals, and our contempt for things we are capable of preparing ourselves. Our favourites end up being the 12-hour-cooked dal makhani and the tandoori tikka. For example, the dosa since we didn’t want to let it ferment all night.The second wave was the regrettable “Fusion” wave, which consisted of just modifying traditional Indian recipes while occasionally adding some chemistry. Consider caviar jalebi, dal makhani shots, etc. Such food’s allure quickly wore off.The third wave, or the genuine comeback of contemporary Indian cuisine, is presently taking place. food that is aesthetically attractive and delicious. The flavours of sauces are being refined and purer, and dishes are being artistically influenced by other well-known foreign cuisines. Indian food was quickly modernised by single-serve quantities. Another boost has come from inheriting a vast array of vegetarian foods; the diversity is astounding. Instead of being a side ingredient, veggies are the focal point of dishes. Another benefit is that Indian produce is now in demand, and ingredients and goods with a history are in high demand.