Indian cuisine is incomparable because of its diversity, mouth-watering flavors and a large assortment of dishes, but sadly, it isn’t for everyone. Not everyone enjoys the heavy mixture of spices and oils or the limited choice in desserts that Indian food offers. Some people also find the combination of flavors and herbs a bit monotonous in the Indian style of cooking. It’s not as popular in the western countries as the Italian Pizza or Pasta because of a lot of reasons of which some are listed here:
- Too Spicy – Different use of spices and herbs has become a definable feature of Indian cuisine. Most of the Indian food available outside of India does not have a concept of being mild; it’s always high on spices and chili which is not preferred by everyone. The typical Indian curries are a medley of rich sauces, spices and herbs which is why most people try to avoid those.
- Conflicting Flavours – Indian food flavor combinations mix ingredients and flavors which may not please everyone. Just for the sake of diversity, the flavor combinations go way too far and ruin the palate as a whole. Not everyone is a fan of chicken with coconut which are the main ingredients for a Malabar Chicken Curry which the state of Kerala in India boasts of, or the tangy taste of Sambhar (a South Indian curry) with a bland rice preparation of Idli.
- Limited Dessert Options – Indian food has become more about kebabs, tikkas and curries. There are very few desserts that would please everyone’s palate because most of them are made of milk and its by-products and there’s not much variety. For example, the ‘Kulfi’ (an Indian dessert) is just saffron flavored ice cream with nuts or the infamous ‘Gulab Jamun’ are doughnuts soaked in saffron infused sugar syrup. Most of the Indian desserts are either too rich or too sweet or both and suitable for people who like mildly sweet desserts in their menus.
- Starters and Side Dishes – A majority of Indian menus in restaurants have been customized to incorporate starters which are just some ‘Indian’ version of a western dish. The side dishes and starters in Indian cuisine do not have much to offer, apart from the ‘samosas’ and kebabs. An Indian household usually has plain yogurt as a side dish but that is not preferred much outside of the country because it’s considered bland and doesn’t contribute much to the palate.
- Rich and fattening – Indian food has tongue tickling flavors but those come only at the cost of your health as Indian food is very rich and fattening. Indian cuisine makes excessive use of ‘ghee’ (clarified butter) for both its savory and sweet dishes. Indian desserts have a lot of nuts and dry fruits such as cashew nuts, which have a large number of calories. A health conscious person would not be a big fan of Indian food.
Indian food may be exceptionally good because of its exotic ingredients and unique flavors but it’s not for everyone. For a health-conscious person or a person who doesn’t like his food to be too spicy and high on chili, Indian cuisine doesn’t have much to offer.