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Oberoi has been visiting five traditional Indian temples in order to get back to the roots of Indian cooking.

Interdean, providers of international relocation services, has reported on the two-year field experiment conducted by Hemant Oberoi, the Grand Executive Chef of the Taj Mahal Palace in India, who has set out to discover the traditions of temple cooking and attempt to understand their culinary secrets.

The popularity of Indian cuisine is global and for good reason – it is truly delicious. Its diversity and variety means it is always easy to find a dish suited to your personal tastes. The rich flavours and exciting aromas are adored by millions of people across the continents. Many would find it understandable if food was one of the main motivations for your international relocation to India. However, if this is the case, it is important to consider that it is not just in India’s finest restaurants, or from the street vendors in the cities, that you can find India’s delicious cultural dishes.

Indian chef at the incredibly popular Taj Mahal Palace, Hemant Oberoi, has in recent months been on a food pilgrimage. He states: ‘Most of the food eaten in India today has no relevance to our culture, climate or health.’ Oberoi has been visiting five traditional Indian temples in order to get back to the roots of Indian cooking. In the hope that indigenous ingredients and traditional methods will be reinstated into kitchens in the cities, Oberoi has set up a number of food events in his restaurant. Guests will have the opportunity to choose four different dishes offering a selection of specialities from a temple kitchen.

‘The mandate of all five of the shrines is to serve simple, affordable food that is slow-cooked and conducive to the climate of the region,’ says Oberoi. The shrine dishes are usually seasonal in order to accommodate the different natural ingredients available. The Vaisno Devi temple, in the hills of Jammu, serves the rajma bean, which has been found to be better digested at higher altitudes. Eating it in the cities is likely to make you feel sluggish. Temple cooking encompasses the environment in order to maintain and sustain the health of the community.

As experts in international relocation to India, Interdean takes a keen interest in cultural news. A spokesperson for the company made the following statement: ‘For expatriates considering relocating to India, food is certainly an important consideration. Due to the popularity of Indian cuisine the world over, India is not a huge importer of European style food, and for good reason. Many would consider continuing to cook European food whilst living in India to be almost criminal.

‘There certainly is enough choice to suit even the pickiest of eaters. It is important to be aware that access to Western food in India will be considerably limited. It is best for expatriates to integrate themselves into India’s food culture by diving straight in. Tasting and sampling popular Indian food from street vendors and restaurants is a great place to start. However, learning how to cook authentic Indian food using seasonal ingredients available at the fresh markets will lead to sumptuous meals and better health. Attending events such as Oberoi’s will help you develop your cooking skills and help you to make the best of the available ingredients in India.’

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