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The Delights of Indian Cuisine

As part of India Week, Sam, owner of the Meghna Grill restaurants in St. John's Wood and Hampstead, describes the history and techniques behind Indian cuisine:

Indian Food (or Khana as we know in Hindi/Urdu) consists of thousands of regional cuisines which date back centuries. The dishes are characterised by the extensive use of various Indian spices, such as Chilli Pepper, Black Mustard seeds, Cumin, Turmeric powder (which posseses antiseptic properties), Fenugreek, Ginger, Coriander, Garlic, Fennel seed and many more.

A wide variety of spices are grown across the Indian Subcontinent dependant on the varying climates. The abundance of locally grown spices heavily influences the cuisine from one region to another, reflecting the varied demographics of the ethnically-diverse subcontinent. Though most of the spices are native to the Subcontinent, others were imported from similar climates. For example, the chilli pepper was brought to India by the Portuguese and has since been cultivated locally for centuries.

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Welcome to India Week…

This week is no ordinary week. For, you see, all this week (5th-9th March 2012) here at, we are celebrating India Week! For one week, we are focussing on everything Indian, from food and culture, to business and big cities. We have competitions, events, special blogs and famous guests. Each day we will focus on a different aspect of India and Indian life, with the following schedule:

Monday: Food & Drink
To kick the week off we will be looking at the amazing food and drink that India has to offer. Articles from chefs, experts or just people who love a good curry, will describe and explain the authentic India food experience.

COMPETITION: You also have the chance to try out authentic Indian food for free with our amazing competition. You can win a meal out for you and seven friends at Masala Zone, so make sure you check out the competition here.

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