Indian Food and Urban Lifestyle

Indian food is known for its simplicity yet the fare is immensely diverse and the aromatic scents are not to be mistaken for any other cuisine. Indian food is brimmed with spices of many strains such as cumin, turmeric, ginger, garlic, red chili powder and the traditional dried spices of mustard seeds and curry leaves to compliment and of course the dishes all vary from region to region. The fresh ingredients and spices nourishes the soul and has also been used for medicinal purposes even thousands of years ago and yet it still satisfies the palate. Nevertheless, don’t be deceived for Indian food in the western culture is still seen as conventional and offered with much respect and honor and is definitely not limited to only curry or butter chicken. If that’s your thought of what Indian food is then you have not explored enough.

Even though the marriage of traditional Indian food and urban living has created innovative forces of global commercial integration, also affecting many other countries, Indian food remains unique as the evolution of its spices has stayed traditional. The recipes that are carried down have been around for centuries and have been strong in retaining its authenticity. In a generation where traditions and rituals are dying off there is the part of the western society that is becoming more aware of the ailing disadvantages of meat (Hindus avoid meats due to religious reasons). The decision to eliminate meat out of eating plans due to religion or spiritual accordance makes it more convenient for people to turn to Indian food as most dishes you’ll find on any menu are chock-full of lentils and vegetables. Their vegetarian dishes have been welcomed into many homes of the nouveau-healthy and spiritual adventurers that have a wide variety of plates which may include staple vegetables such as cauliflower, spinach, potatoes, green beans, okra, green peas and eggplant.

Indian cuisine is still evolving and evermore so flowing with the trends of our modern society dictating what restaurateurs will add or delete from their menus. And as a result of the global interactions with other cultures, it still shows its modesty and offers even more creative flavor and flair, infused with health consciousness in mind. As people are getting back to basics through the awareness and understanding of simple nourishment, Indian restaurants everywhere are now offering gluten-free items and fresh organic and local ingredients to cater to the collective regarded as the era of chic urbanites. Not to mention that yoga as an addition to this more active but peaceful  lifestyle seems to be blending extremely well creating a new market and niche for owners of Indian restaurants. At Siddhartha’s Kitchen we match the present pace of contemporary lives and demands of diverse health paths as well as taking the holistic approach of ancient Ayurvedic preparations as it is the core of Indian kitchen. Siddhartha’s kitchen commits to traditional gluten free vegetarian preparations, vegan options and we only purchase Oceanwise certified seafood. Chef Siddhartha can often be seen in one of the local east produce store purchasing selected ingredients. We hope to have you in our restaurant to see and feel for yourself. Not only does food have to taste good but it has to make you feel good and we provide that and more.

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