Evolving over many centuries, it reflects the staggering diversity of a country whose food encompass the cooking techniques of many nationalities & cultures. A vast spectrum of flavours is created by the judicious and inventive use of spices resulting in a world renowned and truly delicious cuisine.
Perhaps the most elaborate dishes come from the North, which were inherited from the Moguls, who invaded India from Persia in the sixteenth century. Many Moghlai dishes such as pullaos (pilafs) and biryanis (rice & meat creations) are rich and lavish due to the ingredients used. Other Indian specialities include kebabs and tandoori dishes, which are cooked in a special clay oven, called a tandoor.