Hello everyone. As the title suggests, I am about to begin conversation on traditional foods/drinks.
Here, in India, summer had arrived and is in early phase where temperature of my location is nearing 40 degrees !!.
In next 15-20 days it is expected that temperature will soar further, taking the temperature above 45 degrees. In India, due to varying geographical locations, every state experiences different style of summer. Thus, different cultures had derived different tradidional ways to counter it.
Below I am sharing An India map which shows variety of natural drinks which is used different states.
As you can see, there are variety of drinks across India. All these drinks are enjoyed even in nearby Festival( Holi ).
I want to know, what are the TRADITIONAL FOOD/DRINK(NON-BEER BASED) of your region which are regional specific ?
In short, TRADITIONAL( or SEASONAL) CUISINES WHICH ARE REGIONAL SPECIFIC.
Its a bit different. Here, I had focussed on seasonal drinks/foods, which are used on specific seasons only. The map shared shows summer drinks only.
Because summer is diverse.
And drinks here doesn’t refer to beer-based products.
Presently, we are eager for arrival of mangoes and watermelon , which we will use for cuisine purposes.
In my home, our mango tree had shown the bud of mangoes, which will grow as summer progresses.
Ripe mangoes will be used as sweet, while raw mangoes will be used as drink ( since it serves medicinal advantage ) and also as flavoring agent in pulses( daal). It gives soury essence.
I am from Louisiana, and we have our own culture and food called Cajun/Cajun food. It contains dishes such as Gumbo, Étouffée, boudin, and other dishes.
In my travels being in the army for 10 years I learned never to eat Cajun food dishes that weren’t made by people from Louisiana because it will not be right. This makes me wonder if other regional dishes are made incorrectly outside of those regions, so I always try to make it a point to eat things that a place is famous for when I visit places that have a famous dish(barbecue in Memphis, for instance.) To compare what it tastes like outside of that area compared to the place that is famous for that food.
As far as seasonal food since Louisiana is has a large catholic population and celebrate lent boiled crawfish during lent is very popular since it is a seafood, and before that during Mardi Gras(fat Tuesday) they eat a sweet bread called king cake.
Crazy true. At times I wonder who had the time to discover all those different recipe.
Ah, same here. Many times you simply cannot get the right ingredients outside the region/ state, so the recipe changes, unless you go to a rather expensive eatery where they charge the premium for the authentic taste. In comparison, I find it better to actually visit the place.
And hey, we do this slight “change of recipe” even with out own traditional food.