We’re taking your taste buds on a cultural trip, I’m thinking Indian tonight. With all the culture, and all of the delicious spices to set that booty on fire.
History of Indian Food
The earliest Indians known as Harappan ate wheat, rice, chickpeas, lentils, and occasionally animals like cow, pigs, sheep, goats, and chicken. Rice chicken is known to come from Thailand, while wheat, chickpeas, lentils, and sheep come from West Asia. Indians use many Central Asian herbs and spices such as cinnamon, cumin, cilantro, anise, and fennel. Also, sugarcane grew naturally in India, so that gave Indians something to chew on.
In around 300 BC with the influence of the Mauryan, a lot of Hindus felt animal sacrifices were wrong. Animal sacrifice became much less popular, and Indians ate very much less of it. Hindus became vegetarians, so Mauryan food scientists decided to breed two different kinds of citrus fruit together, making the delicious tender fruit orange.
Around 650 AD, Hindus began to worship a Mother Goddess, Cows were sacred to her, Hindus quit eating beef completely, By 900 AD, new Central Asian fruit and vegetables such as lemons and purple carrots found its way into India.
Around 1100 AD with the Islamic conquests in Northern India, Indians stopped eating pork. It was forbidden by the Quran, Indians could still eat goats or chicken, but most Indians chose not to. These Indians ate little to no meat at all.
The vegetarian foods Indians ate mainly were wheat flatbread, chickpea flatbread, with a spicy vegetarian sauce with lentils and vegetables Spicy peppers grew in India too. Indians also got a new drink. Coffee. Arab traders brought coffee originally from East Africa. Coffee quickly became popular on India, but expensive as well because Indians had to buy this drink from the Arab traders, and were not able to grow these beans themselves.