New Delhi, February 7: India has always believed in ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ which means the nation lays red carpet for those who wish India. But the main concern of these visitors is to get closer to the rich Indian heritage. The royal palaces, monuments etc are the identity of our nation. Likewise rich is our culinary heritage.
Government is aware that India has a rich culinary heritage. Most of our traditional food has evolved over centuries. Indian cuisine encompasses a wide variety of regional cuisines native to India. Given the range of diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group, and occupations, these cuisines vary significantly from each other and use locally available spices, herbs, vegetables, and fruits. Almost all states have their unique recipes.
Traditional foods are often based on a holistic approach to nutrition, as required by local people. Such food is prepared with locally available ingredients and found to have its own therapeutic and nutritional benefits.
The government has undertaken many steps to promote Indian food culture says MoS for Culture Dr. Mahesh Sharma in Lok Sabha like:
· To promote local and regional food, the government has created guidelines for organizing safe & hygienic food festivals.
· Guidelines for declaration of clean street food hub have been framed including on upgrading of the infrastructure of existing food streets of the country to popularise and promote local and regional cuisines.
· Launch of the book focusing on the regional cuisine of India.