Indian Food – Cuisine of Uttar Pradesh
Indian food, especially food from Uttar Pradesh is similar to the cooking patterns of Middle East and Central Asia. Consisting of both non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes, the most significant influence on this cuisine is Mughali, referencing the cooking techniques used by people back in the days of the Mughal Empire.
While most of the north Indian recipes have a common thread that unites them, Uttar Pradesh cuisine is no different. Similar to Punjabi and Kashmiri food, the state?s dishes use mutton, paneer (cottage cheese) and rich spices for flavor especially saffron (kesar) and cardamom. Some of the most popular and famous dishes from Uttar Pradesh include famous snacks such as ?samosa,? ?pakora? (fritters), ?kachoris? and main dishes that include Nawabi foods such as mutton biryani, kebabs (Shami, Kakori, Pasanda etc) and a few fish preparations (Zamin Doz Macchli etc).
Complimenting these delightful main preparations are the breads. Made from wheat flour tandoori naan, kulcha, laccha paratha and tandoori roti rule the roost!
Uttar Pradesh cuisine offers a wide variety not just in food but also in desserts. Some of the most famous and traditional desserts include gulab jamun, kheer, kulfi, halwa and sheer kurma. Definitely a worthy treat for food lovers and those who like spicy and rich calorie food!
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