Indian cuisine is rich in flavour and aroma. Indians use a lot of spices to prepare their dishes. The food habits of North Indians are remarkably different from South Indians. While South Indians are mostly vegetarians, north Indians are non-vegetarians. Perhaps this is because South India is too hot to consume meat throughout the year. One can enjoy multiple of dishes and food varieties in India as the food habits of people here change from state to state. Indians use a lot of spices, green chillies in their food.

Eating from a 'thalli' (a metal plate or banana leaf) is quite common in most parts of India. Typical thalli contain some rice in the centre, few chapattis of wheat, two vegetables and one dal (pulses). After this sweet dish is served and this is widespread practice prevalent in many households and restaurants.

As against this, North India has scorching summers, chilling winters and in between cool monsoons. Moreover, the influence of Muslims has affected dietary habits of North Indians.

The western states of Gujarat and Rajasthan consume a lot of achaar (pickles) due to paucity of fresh vegetables. Punjabis take a lot of lassie (buttermilk) and corn bread.

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