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There are countless options for taking cooking classes in South Florida, and one that many overlook is the study of Indian food. There is a stereotype that all Indian food is hot and spicy, prepared richly with clarified butter (ghee) and oils, along with other unhealthy additives. These inaccurate predispositions overlook the wide variety of dishes available, including the many healthy options in Indian cuisine.
One common misconception is the belief that Indian meals are dependent on curry and hard-to-find spices. Modern grocery stores contain all the ingredients necessary for most recipes, and while curry is certainly used, the presumption that all Indian cooking relies on curry is analogous to assuming all Italian food is based on pasta. Instead, Indian food uses a variety of spices, including ones with proven health benefits such as ginger, turmeric, green chilies, and garlic.
An advantage of Indian cuisine is the high proportion of fresh fruits and vegetables in the various dishes. For a large dinner party serving guests of all food preferences, one can easily manage vegetarian cooking while not short-changing meat lovers. Properly seasoned, the vegetarian dishes can easily be appreciated even by the carnivores of the group.
At a more basic level, someone considering Indian cooking classes may be concerned that the meals are simply difficult to prepare with a typical American kitchen. Like all cuisines, there are techniques to learn for proper cooking, but once learned, many popular Indian dishes can be fixed quickly and easily. Also, standard dishes and utensils can be used to fix meals with no special equipment required.
Another factor that influences popular perception is that many people's exposure to Indian cuisine is in restaurants, which oftentimes are not authentic. This is similar to the Americanized Chinese restaurants which serve fried and fatty foods with little of the original local flavor. Traditional Indian cuisine covers a wider range of tastes and offers much more healthy fare.
Also, traditional Indian recipes call for fresh foods with minimal preservatives. Compared to typical American fare, this can be far healthier as your body is exposed to fewer additives to the ingredients.
A thorough Indian cooking school would teach dishes with wide regional differences, giving a great variety of meals to choose from. For example, Southern Indian food often favors tamarind, coconut and peppers, while Northern styles make heavier use of saffron, yogurt, cottage cheese and milk. An Eastern Indian-inspired meal might call for fish and mustard, while a Western Indian style is known for fusion with American cooking. This diversity would allow for dinners suited to different tastes and moods without repetition.
Knowing this, joining one of Ayesha's Kitchen Indian cooking classes can help you with both the flavor, diversity and health of the meals you prepare. Indian food has become steadily more prevalent in recent years throughout the Western world, bringing with it both popularity and misconceptions. Knowing the actual options available, you can prepare a healthy meal to cover the various tastes of your guests, and enrich the quality of food in your personal diet.
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