As wonderful as the country of Malaysia is, the cuisine is even more amazing. It comes in a variety of different things and there are so many dishes that are offered to a tourist.
The culture of Malaysia is so rich that it makes everyone to go there and never want to come back without fully learning everything about it.
So if you are wondering about the Indian influence on Malaysian food, then you have come to the right place because that’s the topic we plan on covering today.
India is a large country and even bigger than its size is its population. Indians tend to migrate a lot and they can be found in almost every country. The Indian influence on Malaysian cuisine mainly started back in the 19th century when a lot of Indians moved to Malaysia to work. Now just like Malaysia, India is a culturally rich country too. There are plenty of cuisines that it offers. Due to the diversity in its culture the food varies from the northern area to southern area of India.
North Indian foods usually consist of meat and heavy spices. They are consumed with Chapati (flatbread). On the contrary, in South India, meals are usually eaten with rice. The popular South Indian ingredients are coconut milk, mustard seeds, and chilies.
Although spices are very commonly used in Indian cooking, there’s a contrast in the quantity and proportions with the geographical boundaries.
The popular way to use spices in India is to freshly ground them and add them in a variety of different combinations. The most widely used spices are coriander, turmeric, cumin, chilies, fennel, and fenugreek. Cardamom, clove, cinnamon and star aniseed are also some commonly used fragrant spices.
While in Malaysia, you will be able to find Indian restaurants and food stalls in abundance which will surely fulfill your appetite and craving for Indian food. The conventional way of serving Indian food is to place it in katoris (small bowls) and place those katoris on a thali (metallic tray).
Usually you will find the rice or the bread placed directly on to the thali because that is what you eat your dishes with. The dishes, however, will be placed in the kartoris. If you are in luck, you will be able to find South Indian restaurants in India which serve food on banana leaves. In addition to the food, the cutlery is the added experience which you go through while having a traditional Indian meal.
Malaysian residents who are originally from India have created unique and brilliant versions of local dishes, which are not even available in India because they aren’t original. For instance, “mee goreng” is made by combing fresh Chinese yellow noodles, tofu, bean-sprouts, and dried shrimp paste.
You will also have the pleasure of eating “Nasi Kandar”, while in Malaysia, which is truthfully a mixture of Malay and Indian cuisine.
Tandoori dishes are also very popular in India which now can be found in Malaysia too.