COOKING TECHNIQUES INDIANS USE IN KITCHEN
Food can be robust and spicy, crispy and crunchy, or rather simple, subtly spiced, and just about cooked, with not too much oil. These variations depend solely on the techniques used in cooking. Various cooking techniques use different equipment and tools to achieve the desired textures and flavors. What follows is a list of five popular cooking techniques that Indian Kitchens use to churn out various delicious dishes. Each of these cooking techniques has unique characteristics, and it ensures that you eat healthy.
- Dum Cooking Technique
In this technique, the ingredients of the dish are partially precooked and the whole dish is then slow cooked on “dum”. The utensil used for dum cooking is often sealed with dough, and a pan of hot water is placed on the lid. This applies pressure on the lid, ensuring that the steam doesn’t escape. Also, the hot water in the pan radiates heat from above the vessel. The steam trapped inside the utensil helps in completely cooking the dish and brings out the natural flavors of the ingredients together. Dum technique is used to make Biryani.
- Tandoori Cooking Technique
Tandoor is a clay oven that looks like huge drums. Tandoor gets heated by the charcoal on the inside. A kind of barbeque, this cooking technique is used to make Indian breads. While Indian breads are flattened to their desired shapes and thickness, and pasted on the walls of the tandoor with water, dishes like chicken, mutton and vegetables are pre marinated and put on metal skewers, which are placed inside tandoors. Crispy and roasted on the outside and soft on the inside is what the texture of tandoori dishes is.
- Talna Cooking Technique
It is deep frying where the batter or dough is dropped in a pool of hot oil or ghee that gives a dish with crispy outer and a soft well-cooked texture inside. It is by far the most favorite cooking technique all over Indian. Deep frying appetizers and snacks include samosas, kachoris, pakoras & bhajis, vadas, gulab jamun and jalebis.
- Tawa Cooking Technique
It refers to quick stir fry of dishes in that essential tool of all Indian households called the tawa or a griddle. Tawa cooking aids in making simple phulkas to tawa pulao, cutlets and fish fry. In this technique, the food is tossed and stir fried on tawa. Cast iron tawa lends a lovely rustic flavor to the dish.
- Steaming Cooking Technique
Steam cooking is popular in many states of India that include dhoklas from Gujarat, Idlis from South India, Momos from East India, and Modak from Maharashtra. This technique uses absolutely no oil or ghee. Steaming vegetables keeps the nutrition intact. Steaming gives dishes a super soft texture, and it is the healthier options among the cooking techniques.
Visit Amma’s South Indian Restaurant that provides the varied tastes and flavors of India by using such techniques as above ,without compromising on the health of customers.