Let’s know about unique and various cuisines around the world – Take an interesting food tour around the world to know more about specific geography and their living. Apart from visiting a place through its touristic attractions, taking a food tour of that place is also having great significance in exploring the world. Food is an amalgamation of authentic culture, traditions, geography, local agriculture, the climate of a region and also it shows the influence of different cultures on that region too. So to explore the world, food tours are greatly recommended by foodie travelers like me. Let’s take a glimpse of the world through a culinary tour or food tour around the world with many secret recipes.
Cuisines around the world – Take an interesting food tour around the world
Let’s read about some of my favorite Cuisine around the world – Take an interesting food tour around the world and also learn how to cook them when you back at home. I love to cook specific regional food of a place when I return from my travel to revive my travel memories. Though I cannot replicate 100% the true taste, to some extent, I enjoy cooking various local food from different regions of the world. Cooking different cuisines is a great way to know the world and its living. Not only I am taking you the tour of cuisines around the world but will share my secret recipes of it which I learnt during my food tours around the world.
Being vegetarian, I am listing vegetarian customization or vegetarian cuisines around the world.
SAMOSA – INDIAN CUISINE
Indian Cuisine is very diverse with many ingredients, spices, local agricultural products, regional stuff. India is a diverse land with many cultures living together and so is its food. Every region of India has specific food or dietary habits and also they have very different from each other. There are so many unique tastes and food that depends on living, climate or local produce of that region. Also, Indian cuisine is influenced by many invasions and foreigners for ages. Many products like potatoes, tomatoes, chilies, peanuts, and guava were brought by colonials, invaders, and traders to India. I love the Vegetarian Thali of India which has an assortment of all veggies, legumes, carbohydrates and deserts all on one big plate. Not only Indian cuisine has too many varieties but the food is served with lots of love and warmth.
Let’s talk about Samosa, which is a medieval Indian cuisine. Samosa is the confluence of many cultures and it is an Indian Mughlai dish. Now, this samosa is the most popular Indian dish and is available in the whole world. A very popular Indian dish which you can almost find in all Indian restaurants. It is generally served as entrée or starters but Indian people can eat it any time. Many people like Samosa as breakfast or in-between snacks. There are many variations in the stuffing of samosas too nowadays.
But the actual ones are the pastry sheets filled with mashed potatoes, Indian spices, peas and folded triangular are deep-fried which is then served hot with coriander-mint dips. Samosas are crispy and golden brown from outside and have spicy soft filling inside.
Recipe of Samosa
PAELLA – SPANISH CUISINE
Paella is the most popular rice dish in Spain and for the whole world, it is the national cuisine of Spain. But for Spain, Paella is the staple dish of the Valencia region. In Valencia language, Paella means frying pan and therefore the whole concept of cooking this rice dish is on an iron skillet. Paella is cooked in a broad iron skillet with major ingredients like round rice, olives, olive oil, sundried tomatoes, grilled artichokes, varieties of beans, saffron strands, roasted peppers, and smoked hot paprika. You can see the influence of Moors on this dish and it is believed that this dish originated during the Moors ruling in Spain in the 15th century. Also, this dish contains the local agricultural produce in Spain. If you want to order vegetarian Paella, then let the waiter know it or check for Verdure Paella in the restaurant menu, mostly this dish is non-vegetarian, but it can be customized and now many restaurants keep the veggie version of it. With Paella, you can all have Spanish Stuffed Eggplant as an accompaniment.
Recipe of Paella
GEMISTA STUFFED PEPPERS & TOMATOES – GREEK CUISINE
Gemista which is pronounced as yee-meh-stah is a summer vegetarian dish and the meaning of this word means stuffed vegetables. Greek cuisine is a Mediterranean cuisine that has a historical presence for thousands of years. Originated from ancient Greece to the Byzantine period and existing till today. Greek cuisine is influenced by Middle Eastern, Ottomans, Italian cuisines too. Gemista is made by stuffing hollowed vegetables like big bell peppers, tomatoes or other veggies by half-cooked rice and herbs. Then these stuffed vegetables are baked till perfection. Vegetarians love Greece due to many unique veggie options here.
Recipe of Gemista
LOBIYO & LOBIYANI – GEORGIAN CUISINE
Georgian cuisine /dishes are vegan or vegetarian-friendly as Georgian soil is very fertile and cultivates many varieties of fruits and vegetables. Also, orthodox Christianity is prominent here and therefore people fast on most of the days and they eat vegetarian dishes. The main ingredients in their cuisine are eggplant, mushroom, cheese, flour, spinach, beans, fresh fruits, etc.
Lobiyani – The word “Lobiani” is derived from the Georgian word “Lobio” which means kidney beans and in many parts of India, a type of beans is also known as Lobia. This traditional and delicious dish is a bean-filled bread just like Khachapuri.
Lobiyo – A very popular vegetarian Georgian dish served hot in an earthen clay pot. Lobio, as you know, means kidney beans and so this spicy dish is a curry of kidney beans and it resembles like Rajma Masala (another very popular North Indian dish). It is served with pickled vegetables, flattened bread, and Mchadi.
Recipe of Lobiani and Lobio
CHICAGO STYLED DEEP CRUST PIZZA –AMERICAN CUISINE
No trip to Chicago is complete if you are not going for any of the famous food tours in this vibrant city. Chicago – The Windy City is also known as the Foodie city and has invented or innovated five famous dishes in the world. This city loves to eat and drink and therefore you would love its vibrant culinary scene too. Go for world-famous Chicago style deep dish pizza to satisfy your taste buds and unveil some of the secrets of age-old family recipes. When I was invited for Chicago food tours, I learnt many innovative dishes and age old family recipes.
The making of deep crust Pizza combines the technique of pie with ingredients of pizza and therefore you get crispy and crusty pizza.
Recipe of Chicago styled Deep-Dish pizza
BAKLAVA – TURKISH CUISINE
BAKLAVA – I tried “Fistikli Balklava” (Pistachio Baklava) with a burst of sweetness packed into crunchy and nutty flavors. The flaky filo pastry, stuffed with pistachio nuts and topped with thickened sugary syrup melts into your mouth within few minutes and you will always crave one more. One Baklava will never satisfy your taste-buds and you will always ask for more.
Trip to Turkey is incomplete without having a bite of famous Turkish desserts. Many foodies visualize Baklava when they hear Turkey. Discover the richness of Turkish desserts with many unique flavors when you visit Istanbul. There are numerous varieties of Turkish sweets made up of milk, cheese, flaky pastry sheets, sugary syrups, honey, and dry fruits. In Istanbul, dessert is not only eaten at the end of the meal but it can be consumed at any time of the day to satisfy the in-between hunger.
Recipe for Baklava
FALAFEL – MIDDLE EASTERN/ARABIC CUISINE
Falafel is the most popular Middle Eastern cuisine and now found all around the world. Falafel is deep-fried balls made from grounded chickpeas or fava beans mixed with essentials herbs. Served hot in pita (Arabic bread form) pockets and pickled vegetable salad. Many historians believe that Falafel originated from Egypt 1000 years ago and also a link to Pharaonic Egypt and being Alexandria a big port city in ancient times, Falafel traveled to the Middle East. Other theories say that Falafel originated in the Arabic peninsula in Yemen. Whatever its origin is, this popular Middle East cuisine would surely satisfy your taste buds.
Recipe for Falafel
ARRABBIATA PASTA – ITALIAN CUISINE
Italian cuisine is generally made up of less ingredients and can be cooked as a one-pot dish. Italian cuisine has a high influence of foreign foods like tomatoes and other stuff. Tomatoes got introduced to Italy in the 16th century and now you can see tomato has become a vital ingredient in Italian dishes. Also, Pasta which is a popular Italian dish worldwide is said to be introduced by China to Italy. When there was trading going on from China to Europe through Silk Road, Marco Polo a famous traveler and trader introduces noodles like thing – Pasta to Italy. During the Middle Ages, due to lots of Mediterranean trading between China and Italy, Italian cuisine has got a new dish – Pasta which has the confluence of both countries and now is the main food of Italian cuisine.
The pasta sauteed in Arrabbiata sauce and this spicy sauce is made up of tomato puree, garlic, dried red chili peppers which all are cooked in olive oil. The “Arrabbiata” means angry in Italian and as this sauce is very hot and spicy, so is the name of the sauce. This vegetarian dish in Italy is famous all over the world and also with the spice lovers too.
Recipe for Arrabbiata Pasta
THAI GREEN VEGETARIAN CURRY – THAI CUISINE
Thai Food/cuisine has a perfect harmony of five flavors – sour, sweet, salty, bitter and spicy, thus tantalizing your taste buds. Thai cuisine is full of aromatic and spicy flavors with many medicinal properties.
Thai Green Curry is named on its light green color due to green chilies with many other spices. Made in coconut based gravy, this gravy is a little sweeter but with very spicy and pungent side. Generally, this curry is eaten with jasmine rice of Thailand or boiled noodles.
Recipe of Thai Green Curry
Want to try some fusion recipe, then check my innovative Italian + Indian + American flavors in – LA ITALIA BABY CORN CURRY –
I hope you loved reading Cuisines around the world – Take an interesting food tour around the world and would try cooking some of them at your home. Let me know your favorite cuisine from this list and did you tried cooking them in the comments below.
- Vegetarian Turkish Food Tour.
- Chicago Food tours.
- Vegetarian food in Georgia.
- Explore Spain in 12 Days.
- Explore Greece in 12 Days.
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- Thai Food in Dubai.
- Explore Italy.
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