Why Is Indian Food So Delicious? This Cuisine Doesn't Interlace Its Flavor

First Posted: Mar 04, 2015 07:29 PM EST

What makes Indian food so delicious? Scientists have discovered that whether it's curry or a mixture of rices in your favorite dish, the key is letting each taste and aroma stand on its own.

Unlike Western dishes that mix and interlace their meals on a molecular level to give off an overlapping taste, Indian and Asian foods do not mix flavors, which researchers believe is the reason they are so popular among many. Furthermore, scientists discovered that the less flavor compounds used and mixed in a dish, the more delicious it seemed to be for many.

For the study, researchers took a number of recipes from tarladal.com and examined the differences on a molecular level. They discovered that most Indian foods called for overarching flavors that involved coriander or cayenne, as opposed to ones that are oftentimes involved in Western foods. 

Researchers also found that Indian cuisine typically uses 200 cooking ingredients out of 381 ingredients involved in the world.

"We found that average flavor sharing in Indian cuisine was significantly lesser than expected," the researchers wrote, in a news release.

However, for generations, Indians just used one particular flavor to help make cuisine stand out. But any Indian dish will have a minimum of seven ingredients in it, as well, according to study authors. 

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