Chef of the Month: The Birthplace of Chef Anish Rana – India

Anish Rana is from Udiapur, Rajasthan in the Republic of India. According to Wikipedia, Rajasthan known as “The Land of Kings” is India’s largest state by area (10.4% of India’s total land mass.) The Republic of India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world dating back to almost 75,000 years ago according to mapsofindia.com and is the 7th largest country in the world. It is also the 2nd most populated country in the world, 1.27 billion after China and is blessed with a rich culture of entertainment including music and films and fashion and is a melting pot of several ethnic groups, religions and languages.

Rajasthan

Here are some Facts about India taken from India.gov.in:

Location: The Indian peninsula is separated from the mainland Asia by the Himalayas. It is surrounded by the Bay of Bengal in the east, the Arabian Sea in the west and the Indian Ocean to the south. Afghanistan and Pakistan are located to the north-west; China, Bhutan and Nepal to the north; Myanmar to the east; and Bangladesh to the east of West Bengal. Sri Lanka is separated from India by a narrow channel of sea, formed by Palk Strait and the Gulf of Mannar.

Population: 1.27 billion(2014 estimate – indiaonlinepages.com)

Capital: New Delhi

Religions: Hindus comprise of the majority with 80.5%, Muslims came second at 13.4%, followed by Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, and others.

Languages: There are 22 different languages that have been recognized by the Constitution of India, of which Hindi is the Official Language. Other main languages spoken are Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil and Urdu. Article 343(3) empowered Parliament to provide by law for continued use of English for official purposes.

Did you know…..Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-25881705

The second (or third) highest number of Muslim residents in the world is in India.

India has the world’s largest film industry. More than 1,100 movies are produced, on average, each year. It is somewhat ahead of Nigeria and has twice as many as the American film industry and ten times as many as Britain produces. However, India lands in sixth place in terms of cinema box office receipts – behind the USA, China, Japan, UK and France.

Mango is India’s National fruit. It is the world’s biggest producer and consumer of mangoes. India possesses several hundred varieties of Indian mango, of which more than 30 are commercially available and grows nearly 40% of the world’s mango crop.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, India is third behind the USA and the UK in the number of records claimed each year.

Rajasthan Flag

 

Dishes from around the country:

Rajasthan Food

Recipes for Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken

 

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