Regional Food Diversity in India

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What is the purpose of the activity mentioned in the text?

Why may it not be possible for some people to eat such a variety of food items most of the time?

What is the common characteristic of the meals mentioned in the text?

What is the purpose of identifying food items eaten in different parts of India?

Based on the text, what is the reason why meals usually consist of such a distribution of food items?

Summary

  • Lower classes made lists of food items consumed, identified food items from various regions in India
  • Meals consist of a variety of dishes, such as chapati, dal, brinjal curry, rice, sambar, bhindi, appam, fish curry, etc.
  • Each meal contains at least one item made of grain, and may include dal or meat and vegetables, curd, butter milk, pickles
  • Each dish is made up of one or more ingredients sourced from plants or animals
  • These ingredients contain components necessary for the body, but it may not always be possible to have such a varied diet
  • Meals consist of a distribution of different types of food for potential health benefits. (Note: The text does not provide enough information to definitively answer the question of whether the body needs different kinds of food for specific purposes.)

Table 1.1:

  • Contains examples of meals from different regions in India
  • Select food items and enter these in the table.

Activity 1:

  • Our meals consist of a grain item, dal or meat and vegetables, and other accompaniments
  • Each dish is made up of one or more ingredients from plants or animals
  • These ingredients provide necessary components for the body.

The text acknowledges that a varied diet may not always be possible, but it suggests that there may be health benefits to consuming a distribution of different types of food.

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Explore the diverse food items eaten in different regions of India, and learn about the components of various regional meals. From chapati, dal, and brinjal curry in one region to rice, sambar, and lady’s finger preparation in another, discover the rich variety of Indian cuisine.

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