What You Should Know About Modern Indian Food

Indian cuisine is one of the most recognised cuisines in the whole world. Many people have already embraced the taste of dishes coming from India and with that, they get used to the usual taste. But with the ever-changing times, you cannot fail but ask how modern Indian food can be different from the tastes you have been used to. In order to understand this concept better, read on.

Modern Indian food started as a trend many years ago

It actually dates back to the 1970s when Indian chefs themselves experimented on modern Indian dishes. It was followed by an event that took place in the 1980s, particularly that when a London restaurant started serving modern Indian dishes. From there, in the year 1998, New Yorkers got to have their first taste of modern Indian food via the Floyd Cardoz restaurant called Tabla.

It started evolving by actually changing the usual restaurant setup


If you have been reading about India’s food tradition, you will be fully aware of the fact that back then, no fine dining restaurants exist for the purpose. Even in the 1970s, Punjabi restaurateurs conceptualised modern Indian food by cooking Punjabi food with some tandoori and serving a few dishes to meet the needs of the middle class. This was not enough to say that fine dining already exists. However, if you have been to other countries all over the world, you will see how restaurant owners have changed the whole setup to make dining a more modern experience for Indian food lovers.

Modern Indian food speaks about how Indian chefs started experimenting

Indian chefs did not limit their knowledge to culture and tradition which many of them have been used to. Over the past few decades, they were no longer afraid to experiment on new things. They started new dishes like the raan that has been marinated in rum and paired with what they coined as ‘cocktail onions’ enveloped in a puff pastry case. Additionally, some chefs tried their luck in infusing French cuisine into their dishes to create recipes that are ‘lighter’ to the stomach. All these new additions to the Indian cuisine are plated with much finesse compared to traditional Indian dish servings.

In modern Indian food, the quality of ingredients are checked

Gone were the days when Indian chefs do not actually gauge the quality of the ingredients they use in their dishes. With modern Indian food, the quality of each of these components in food is checked apart from redefining the way they are presented to patrons. Chefs had made sure that the dish does not contain too much oil and curry which can overpower the taste of the entire meal.

Modern Indian food is taken in various directions

This approach to Indian cuisine took Indian food to a whole new level. Many chefs these days did not stick to the French influence in Indian food but rather studied the cuisines of many famous dishes worldwide and infused them to Indian food. Thai, European and even American influences have dictated the change in traditional Indian cooking and presentation. This has given Indian food lovers more flexible choices that allow them to adjust their spices according to their taste buds. It has undoubtedly paved a way to an evolution in Indian cuisine.

The tales and history of modern Indian food have spoken! Now, you can understand the changes in Indian cuisine at a better perspective. To give you a better picture and experience of how modern Indian food looks like, visit our restaurant. We are proud to say that we serve Kelowna’s best Indian food. Give our dishes a try to be a believer!

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